Are Jeffree Star And James Charles Racist? Here's The Tea

Should We Forgive The Racist Pasts Of Jeffree Star And James Charles?

When is it "acceptable" to move on from the past, if at all?

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The online beauty community is no stranger to scandal. Whether it's a problematic shade range or a site-wide hack that robbed customers of their money, brands make waves all the time. But what about the influencers, i.e. the beauty gurus — the people who post makeup tutorials, swatches, reviews, etc. onto Instagram, YouTube and Twitter?

They're pretty problematic, too. Let's break down some of the most famous and most infamous beauty gurus.

1. Jeffree Star

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Jeffree Star, or Jeffrey Steininger, is the over-the-top, former-pop-singer, wildly popular male beauty guru. He launched his own makeup brand, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, in 2014.

Star, though notably accepting of the LGBT+ community (which, as an openly gay man, he should be), has a long term history of making derogatory and racist comments.

At first glance, he seems to own up to his past racial slurs and racist comments (like telling a black woman that he wanted to throw battery acid on her skin and using the N-words) in an apology video where he declares that "the person that said those horrible, vile things... that person was depressed, that person was just angry at the world, that person felt like they were not accepted, that person was seeking attention."

He blames his past actions on depression and anger. We can kind of accept that, right?

That is, until more slurs come to light.

Jackie Aina, another beauty guru who is well known for her outspoken nature, took to Twitter in September of 2018 to say that she would no longer support Star as a black woman. Her Tweet featured an open letter to Star.

"I have not and will not excuse his blatantly racist behavior and — not his past references to me in derogatory terms, his use of the N words nor his efforts to eliminate spaces and opportunities for people of color," Ms. Aina wrote.

Around the same time, Star's former hairdresser posted photos of conversations he'd had with him in which he used the N-word, along with a video of him referring to Jackie Aina as a "gorilla" in 2017.

Back to the apology video: Star claims that those videos that showed him in an angry depression were taken 12 years ago. "I look at them and it just makes me sick to my stomach because I don't know who that person was," he said in reference to these old videos.

Well, Jeffree, I think that person is the same one that referred to a black woman as a gorilla and other derogatory terms.

2. James Charles

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James Charles Dickinson skyrocketed to popularity when his senior photos didn't properly accentuate his highlighter and he had them retaken with his own ring light. Shortly afterward, he became CoverGirl's first CoverBoy.

His first scandal happened in 2017 when he posted a now-deleted Tweet prior to a trip to Africa. "I can't believe we're going to Africa today omg what if we get Ebola?"

James deleted the Tweet almost immediately.

About nine months later, he took to Twitter again to make a formal apology video, in which he also apologized for other, older Tweets from when he was 13 that were also racist and, as he put it, ignorant.

"They did not come from a place of hate, they came from me being a really ignorant 13 year old that shouldn't have had a Twitter account," he said in the video.

Since James' 2017 public apology, he has been a proud advocate for inclusivity in the beauty community.

When the Tarte Shape Tape Foundation launched, James gave a review that called out the brand on their poor shade range.

When James released his eyeshadow palette collaboration with Morphe, he featured four distinctly different makeup artists on his channel to use his palette.

When James launched his line of athleisure, Sisters Apparel, he kept it size and gender inclusive with unisex clothes all available in sizes XS through 3XL.

So, where do we all draw the lines here?

Do we forgive James' and Jeffree's pasts? Do we call them out? Do we "cancel" them?

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13 Signs You Grew Up In The 2000s

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The 2000s, generally referred to as the decade falling between 2000 and 2009. However, these 10 years were so much more dear to our hearts and definitely cannot be limited to this simplified definition. From hopes that you had the best kooky pen collection, to dreaming about making it to see the year 3000, there was never a dull moment. So, put on those terry cloth sweatpants, charge up that nano iPod, and read about the signs that prove you grew up in the best decade:

1. You might have jammed out to “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne on your nano IPod

Yes you had one, and your playlists consisted of the best songs the 2000s had to offer; All American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, The Killers and of course Avril Lavigne.

2. You treated your tamagotchi as if it were your child

This hand held digital pet probably occupied a little too much of your time. You spent your days feeding it scones and watching them reach a new life cycle.

3. Your wardrobe consisted of every color Juicy sweatsuit and Ed hardy tees...

Thank god these terrycloth outfits made a comeback!... Right?

4. ... Oh, and gauchos, you LOVED gauchos

These pants took over your wardrobe before yoga pants came into your life. Gauchos flooded the playground in pink, blue and tie-dye. I miss you gauchos.

5. You had the debate with your friends over whether Webkinz or Club Penguin was better, but you begged your parents for a membership to both

As soon as you logged onto your account your afternoon was booked up. While on your Webkinz you visited the curio shop, got a checkup with Dr. Quack, made a hamburger in the employment office and played cash cow in the arcade.

6. Your friends always had these in their pantry

At the end of a long, hard day of multiplication, going to your friends house for a playdate and indulging in a cosmic brownie was a necessity.

7. This was your first experience with makeup, and a cell phone

This accessory gave the lyrics "my lipgloss is cool my lipgloss be poppin" a whole new meaning. Pretending to answer the phone while smearing your lips in every color imaginable; this was the perfect mix of feeling like you were a teenager while also staying true to your child like self.

8. Lizzie Mcguire was the first ever Bitmoji

You watched her on Disney Channel as Lizzie McGuire, admired her fashion sense, and sang to "Hey Now" an endless amount of times. Hillary Duff was the definition of goals.

9. The auctioning off of silly bandz in elementary school was basically Wallstreet

The must have accessory of the 2000s.

10. You would beg your mom to buy you lunchables when you walked down the frozen food isle

Looking back on it now, eating these was probably not the best idea.

11. You had a favorite Jonas Brother

And it was NEVER Kevin.

12. You dreamed of riding around in a JetX just like the kids in PCA

You put getting a JetX on your To-Do list right under making a key necklace.

13. Instead of homework, your after school activities consisted of watching THE BEST Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows

Disney Channel and Nickelodeon will sadly never be the same. Classics include: Hannah Montana, Ned's Declassified, Suite Life of Zack and Cody and That's so Raven.

Don't you want to just go back in time and bask in the simple days where all you cared about was how good your blue eyeshadow looked and when the next Disney Channel Original movie would come on?

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Bye, Sister! All The Tea Between James Charles And Tati Westbrook

The tea is hot between sister James Charles and Tati Westbrook, two youtube beauty influencers.

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It seems that every day in the beauty community there is another scandal between two influencers. The two have been in a semi-public fight since the middle of April after James Charles originally posted a sponsored ad with the company "Sugar Bear Hair," Westbrook's main competitor for her similar vitamins "Halo Beauty." According to Westbrook, James had said numerous times in the past that he did not like or support Sugarbear Hair. Shortly after this, influencers started claiming sides either Sister James or Miss Tati.

Since the initial "Bye Sister" and "Tati" videos released, Charles has lost over 3 million subscribers, and Westbrook gaining over 5 million. Fans are keeping track over a live stream comparing the two. From the initial start of the backlash to now, here's everything you need to know about the fight.

Who are James Charles and Tati Westbrook?

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James Charles and Tati Westbrook are both beauty influencers predominantly known for being YouTubers with high numbers of subscribers.

Tati Westbrook (@glamlifeguru) is 37 years old and is pegged as one of the first beauty influencers. Tati is known for posting makeup tutorials and reviews and has also launched a beauty vitamin brand called Halo Beauty.

James Charles is relatively new to the beauty industry, at only 19 years old. Charles has only been involved for around three to four years becoming Covergirl's first male spokesmodel in 2016. He has also launched a palette with Morphe.

Charles has often called Westbrook his mentor as well as his "mother." The duo has appeared in a number of videos together.

How has the feud escalated?

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Since Tati's "Bye Sister" and James "Tati" video, numerous influencers and celebrities have voiced their sides, as well as others, coming forward about their personal experiences. On James' side other than some subscribers, Nikita Dragun and Gabriel Zamora are the only clear supporters of James. Zamora in a recent video said, "I'm confused and this is just me, I don't get where the betrayal was... all of these videos are being made where James is made out to be this horrible human being and I'm just confused as to what happened."

Nikita Dragun shared a screenshot of a conversation with herself and Charles during Coachella, where Charles asked her to connect with SugarBear Hair. However, fans are mad about the tweet, as this was the smaller of the issues brought to the light by Westbrook. Since Tati's video, All of the Kardashian/Jenner's have unfollowed James as well as Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and a large number of other influencers. Including James' previous best friends Emma Chamberlain, as well as Grayson and Ethan Dolan.

Tati says in her "Bye Sister" video, "My relationship with James Charles is not transactional. I have not asked him for a penny. I have never been on his Instagram," and goes on to explain that it was never the vitamins that were the main issue, it was her continuously having to apologize for James' behavior. This ranged from saying bad things about other companies and influencers to sexually harassing men who were not interested in him.

Jeffree Star, in a now-deleted tweet, stated, "There is a reason that Nathan banned James Charles from ever coming over to our home again. There's a reason why I haven't seen him since Tati's birthday in February. He is a danger to society. Everything Tati said is 100% true." Jeffree also responded to James' younger brother's post saying "Why does everyone act so tough over the internet?" With "Why is your brother a predator?? Why'd you really move back to NYC? Exactly. Shut the fuck up."

Lastly, in Tati's video, she states "You were talking in detail about things you wanted to do to the waiter. And when I said "James he's straight" your response was "Doesn't matter I'm a celebrity." SO FREAKING GROSS. And you said it in front of my family." Since this, numerous videos with people's experience with Charles and his sexual comments have surfaced.

In the initial videos, Westbrook posted a 40-minute video with no ads, meaning she was not paid and spoke her story. Charles responded with an eight-minute video which is seemingly staged and scripted and included three paid ads. Again, using his platform for the wrong things.

At this point in time, it is unclear if Charles will lose any professional brand deals from this. His palette collab with morphe is currently still for sale on Ulta.com and at Morphe. Charles apparel line Sisters Apparel line has been taken down. The brand was manufactured by Killer Merch, which is backed by Jeffree Star. However, it is unclear if Star had anything to do with the removal.

Since the "James Charles is canceled party" began after Tati's video, fans everywhere have begun taking matters into their hands with their James Charles palettes.

Overall, Tati has proven to be the adult, and speaking facts on the situation, with new drama coming from both sides and its supporters each day.

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