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Charli D’Amelio slams “disgusting” new TikTok trend

Published: 17/May/2020 14:13

by Calum Patterson

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As the leading creator on TikTok, Charli D’Amelio has a lot of influence over what becomes popular on the app, but she isn’t having any of a new trend that seemingly makes a mockery of disabilities.

TikTok is built on trends; popular dances, songs, voice-overs, or jokes that are repeated and recreated by the millions of creators on the platform.

D’Amelio herself knows this better than anyone, as she has consistently been a trendsetter during her time on the app, which has seen her accrue over 50 million followers and literally billions of likes.

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Charli is a trendsetter on TikTok, but she’s not backing this latest trend.

Most trends are innocent, a simple dance to a new catchy song for example, but some can take on a more sinister form. A ‘sound’ by user Zanayasligh instructs users to “break your wrist”, which is then imitated by contorting the hand as though they have had a spasm.

One TikTok user, whose daughter has cerebral palsy, said that the trend was “highly offensive” as it describes a pose “used by many with disabilities, largely including those with cerebral palsy, due to the weak muscles and their brain development.”

“Think of all the children and people you are insulting just because you think this is a ‘cool trend’.”

On Twitter, Charli used her massive audience to try to shut down the trend too. “Hello everyone, there is a sound going around on TikTok making fun of disabilities,” she wrote, explaining why it was unacceptable.

“The fact people think that the ‘trend’ is not disrespectful and disgusting is not okay!” Her Tweet was liked over 100,000 times in less than 24 hours, as fans praised her taking a strong stance on the controversy.

Although she may not have as many Twitter followers as she does on TikTok, D’Amelio’s voice carries a lot of weight on the video-sharing platform, and anyone who wants to avoid backlash will surely now avoid using the disrespectful sound.

Some have also questioned why TikTok itself hasn’t taken action against the sound and the many videos that use it. Perhaps now that their biggest star has spoken out though, things will change.

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James Charles sparks heated beef with rapper Asian Doll over makeup artist fees

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:17

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube star and makeup mogul James Charles has started some unexpected beef with rapper Asian Doll after she made a divisive tweet over the price some makeup artists charge for their work.

James Charles is known for getting into the occasional Twitter spat with high-profile celebrities; in August 2020, the YouTuber called out music artist Alicia Keys for her then-unreleased skincare line, which he mistakenly interpreted as another celebrity cash-grab in the makeup biz. (This was not the case.)

Now, it seems that Charles has struck up a feud with none other than Dallas-based rapper Asian Doll — the first female rapper to be signed to Gucci Mane’s very own record label, 1017 Eskimo Records.

It all started over a post Asian Doll made on January 15, where she took issue with makeup artists charging hefty fees for their services.

 

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“If you charge over $150 to do a face of makeup, you can go to hell, respectfully,” she wrote.

Charles was quick to clap back: “What a stupid tweet. One foundation can cost $50, artists have to buy EVERY SHADE for their kit, & thats just the first step…Either pay an artist’s rate for their time & skill, do it yourself, OR get it done at a counter and risk looking busted.”

It seems that Charles’ reply has sparked an avalanche of backlash against him from Asian Doll’s fans, with many accusing him of overstepping his bounds.

Charles has apparently messed with the wrong rapper, as Asian Doll was also quick to fire shots at the beauty guru in a series of additional tweets.

“What a dumb a** to be in my business replying to something that has absolutely nothing to do with you. I’m having a debate about HOOD PRICES baby, stay over there in HOLLYWOOD where they having you looking GHOST,” she wrote — most likely referring to the infamous photo of James Charles wearing foundation several shades lighter than his natural skin tone.

“Literally stop robbing the poor,” the rapper added in a now-deleted reply. “All I’m saying is people shouldn’t have to pay over $150 for a face, DATS IT!”

It seems that Asian Doll’s post has stirred up quite the debate regarding the value and pricing of makeup artists’ time and work in her comments section — but James’ involvement in the conversation has sparked another kind of conversation, altogether.