Rich Lux and MadCatster say they were turned away from the Ace family event

  • Two Drama YouTubers said they were turned away from entering the Ace Family event.
  • They told Insider they were not given a reason why they were denied entry despite purchasing tickets.
  • Ace Family’s Austin and Catherine McBroom previously told fans not to listen to drama channels.

Two YouTubers say they were denied entry to a festival hosted by the Ace Family YouTube influencers without any explanation.

YouTubers Rich Lux and MadCatster, who asked Insider not to use their real names, said they pre-purchased tickets for Ace Family Fest, held Saturday in Lancaster, Calif. The event, hosted by Ace Family YouTubers Austin and Catherine McBroom, was billed as “Disneyland meets Coachella” and promised carnival rides, games and a get-together with the family.

Lux paid $128.93 for his ticket, Insider confirmed.

Lux and MadCatster, which have 490,000 and 15,000 subscribers respectively, run internet drama channels, where they post updates and commentary on controversy and influencer gossip.

When they arrived at the festival, security guards refused them entry and “did not explain the specific reason we weren’t allowed in or offered a refund,” MadCatster told Insider. .

In a video posted on Lux’s social media accounts, a security guard at what appears to be Ace Fest can be seen telling the pair that they are not allowed in. Both Lux and MadCatster posted about the incident on their respective channels, speculating that they had been turned away due to their previous coverage of the McBrooms, which included criticism of their legal and financial battles. The two suggested Ace Fest would end in controversy.

Lux told Insider he thought “this was an opportunity for the Ace family to let their biggest critics in and prove them wrong. But they dropped the ball.” MadCatster added that the couple “got away quietly, without making a scene.”

Several high-profile internet drama channels, such as Defnoodles and Spill Sesh, which previously criticized the Ace family in YouTube videos, posted footage showing them attending the event.

Many drama YouTubers gave the event largely negative reviews, saying it was “disappointing” considering the ticket prices. Some influencers included positive remarks in their review of the event, with Spill Sesh saying, “The way they treated their fans was really kind and really nice, and those interactions are going to make fans want to see them again and come to a another event.”

The McBrooms seemed to anticipate that the festival might draw criticism. In a YouTube video posted on June 10, Austin McBroom advised fans not to “click on those drama channels. Don’t click on those media outlets because they’re just trying to get you to click. Don’t buy into them.”

Representatives for the Ace family did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The Ace Family is a vlogging YouTube account with over 18 million subscribers run by Austin and Catherine McBroom, often featuring their three children.

The family has been embroiled in several reputation-damaging controversies in recent years. Late last year, their $10 million mansion was seized (they have since moved into a new home).

Influencers have also hosted controversial events in the past. In August 2021, various influencers filed lawsuits against Austin McBroom after appearing at a boxing event he hosted, claiming they had not been paid for their involvement. Austin was also sued by the city of Beverly Hills after hosting what it said was an “unauthorized” gathering of Ace family fans in October 2021.

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