November 29, 2021
SHARE
CANADALAND
#733 The Rise Of 6ixBuzz And The Death Of Debby Parkway
Did an Instagram account kill a vulnerable teenager? 6ixBuzz has unparalleled clout in Toronto with young audiences and it used that influence to make "Debby Gang" or "Debby Parkway" (real name Alexis Matos) a certain brand of local celebrity — the kind that is repeatedly filmed when spotted on the street, and is then is the subject of mockery and scorn.
Jesse Brown
Host & Publisher
Sarah Lawrynuik
Senior Producer
Tristan Capacchione
Audio Editor & Technical Producer
Damilola Onime
Producer, Wag the Doug
Kieran Oudshoorn
Managing Editor, Podcasts

Support our work at canadaland.com/join

Did an Instagram account kill a vulnerable teenager? 6ixBuzz has unparalleled clout in Toronto with young audiences and it used that influence to make “Debby Gang” or “Debby Parkway” (real name Alexis Matos) a certain brand of local celebrity — the kind that is repeatedly filmed when spotted on the street, and is then is the subject of mockery and scorn.

When Alexis Matos died of an apparent fentanyl overdose, hundreds immediately blamed 6ixBuzz and called for its cancellation. But is what 6ixBuzz does any different than how traditional media exposes and exploits people?

Further Reading:

Sponsors: Kilne, Policy Me, Manscaped, Article

Additional music by Audio Network

More from this series
Email leaks from medical experts throw new light on mysterious neurological disease in New Brunswick.
July 1, 2024
Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, TOR, you’ve heard the names before. But why won’t anyone talk about Jacob Appelbaum?
June 24, 2024
25 years ago, one Canadian scientist wrote a book that detailed the history and science of gay animals: Biological Exuberance. And then he disappeared…
June 17, 2024
Investigative reporter Molly Thomas was hell-bent on not letting the plight of women in Afghanistan fall from the headlines. But the battle to tell that story wasn’t where she first thought it was.
June 10, 2024
This story started out like every other Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women case. But something happened that would change the trajectory of the case, the people, and even political leaders in Manitoba.
June 3, 2024
Hot Docs, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Just for Laughs, just the latest cultural institutions to join a long list of Canadian arts groups facing existential threats. Why is this all happening now?
May 27, 2024
Reporter Alexi Mostrous will tell you all about how a Canadian private intelligence practitioner and investigator, set him off on a quest to find out who trolled Amber Heard.
May 20, 2024
What happens if pretendians start to outnumber actual Indigenous people?
May 13, 2024
all podcasts arrow All Podcasts
CANADALAND