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Charli D’Amelio responds to fan outrage over her partying habits

Published: 15/Sep/2020 0:40

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Charli D’Amelio has come under fire for attending parties and eating at restaurants in spite of the current global health crisis, and she has finally addressed the issue in an Instagram Live stream.

Charli D’Amelio is just one of many high-profile influencers facing backlash for attending crowded parties in these uncertain times, with names like Bryce Hall, Jake Paul, James Charles and more coming under scrutiny.

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However, the responses from these personalities seems widely varied, with Bryce Hall claiming he’s halting his partying ways altogether while Jake Paul continues to live it up in spite of Los Angeles city ordinances.

Charli D’Amelio, on the other hand, is assuring her viewers that she is being as safe as possible by undergoing routine testing and wearing masks, as told during an Instagram Live stream she held on September 14.

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Charli D’Amelio, alongside other stars like James Charles, previously came under fire for partying despite the current global health crisis.

“I am being safe,” she began. “Before I do anything, I get a rapid test to make sure that I’m not being unsafe with what I’m doing, because I obviously do care about everyone. Outside dinners in California [are] also something that everyone is allowed to do, and if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be going.”

“I make sure I wear my mask when I walk in,” she continued. “I eat, I don’t have my mask on, I leave, I put my mask back on, so I make sure I’m being safe. Throughout this, I’ve been getting tests at least once a week and wearing masks whenever I’m out.”

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The star went on to detail the safety precautions surrounding the photoshoots she’s attended during this time, noting that she must have a negative test to do any filming.

“I feel like that’s very important for you guys to know so you don’t think I’m just being careless,” she added. “…but I do appreciate you guys for holding me accountable.”

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Despite Charli’s reassuring comments, many critics aren’t happy with her response, still taking issue with the TikTok star for going out and attending parties and dinners while concerns around the current health issue are at an all-time high — especially considering the ongoing smoke and pollution in Southern California.

For now, the issue remains one that both influencers and their viewers wrestle with as uncertainties continue to mount — and influencers continue to influence.

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CouRage reveals why he stopped playing Fortnite

Published: 14/Oct/2020 0:28 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 0:31

by Virginia Glaze

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Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop was once a massive figure in the world of competitive Fortnite, but the star has stopped playing the battle royale title altogether, and finally revealed his reasons why in an October YouTube video.

Although CouRage got his start as a caster for MLG, he became synonymous with Fortnite in 2018-2019, going on to commentate several major events for the battle royale title — including the Fortnite World Cup, which he did the play-by-play for along with fellow star streamer DrLupo.

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However, he has since stopped streaming the game altogether and has instead opted for other popular picks like Among Us and Warzone, leaving his Fortnite-centric viewers confused as to why he suddenly broke off from Fortnite.

While CouRage has been vocal about his hatred for skill-based matchmaking for some time, he finally explained his reasons for stepping away in a YouTube video on October 13, on the heels of the Chipotle Challenger Series.

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CouRage and DrLupo cast several major Fortnite events, including the Summer Skirmish finals and the World Cup.

“Fortnite was a game that changed my life forever, and a game that kind of took my life by storm,” he began. “I fell in love with it when I played right on day number one… and now, three years, later… is something I will cherish forever.”

CouRage went on to explain that when he’d first started streaming the game, he “loved it arguably more than any game I’ve ever loved before.”

“But, like a lot of people, I believe the transition from Chapter 1 to Chapter 2… towards the end of Chapter 1, I was already falling out of love with the game,” he admitted. “It became more stressful than anything.”

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CouRage cited Fortnite’s mechs as one of the reasons that led to him falling out of love with the game, as well as its steadily-growing, competitive atmosphere.

Citing a hatred of the game’s short-lived MECH robots after the Fortnite World Cup last year, he “wanted to love the game, but wasn’t able to,” also claiming that he felt its environment had changed from mostly casual to fiercely competitive during this time.

Of course, skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) played a part in this feeling, which he said was “one of the things that completely destroyed my love for the game.”

“I think it took away the ability for you to have as much fun as you once did,” he added. “Now in these games, it’s super sweaty, every fight’s a minute long… it became more stressful than anything.”

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Although CouRage listed plenty of faults with the title as it currently stands, he made sure to express his love for Epic and hopes to work with the company for years to come, but will be shifting his content to other titles for the foreseeable future.

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Epic have already revealed their plans to do another Fortnite World Cup in 2021, and considering how popular the former OpTic Gaming star is when it comes to hosting such events, it might not be too long before we see his name tied again to the battle royale.