DrLupo and James Charles named among top 25 most influential internet stars

Published: 16/Jul/2019 19:47 Updated: 17/Jul/2019 0:57

by Calum Patterson


TIME Magazine has release their fifth annual list of the 25 most influential people on the internet, and joining the likes of Donald Trump and Ariana Grande is a handful of YouTubers and Twitch streamers.

TIME explains that their list is based on “global impact on social media” and “overall ability to drive news.”

Unsurprisingly, US President Donald Trump tops the list, and was joined by political foe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The man behind the GoFundMe to raise money for Trump’s US-Mexico border wall – which has racked up over $25 million in donations – Brian Kolfage, also earned a spot, and political commentator Ben Shapiro also got a nod.

But, outside of the politics, largely the list was a who’s who of entertainers. Music artists like Ariana Grande, Cardi B and Lil Nas X earn their spots likely due to their tendency to go viral and massive social media followings. 

K-Pop group BTS also made the list, and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, but some of the internet made stars will be the more contentious picks.

YouTubers named included Emma Chamberlain and James Charles, but there was no space on the list for PewDiePie – despite being the most subscribed individual creator on the platform, and well ahead of anyone else, with almost 100 million subscribers.

Emma Chamberlain soared to fame on YouTube, seemingly out of nowhere.

Representing the world of Twitch streaming was DrLupo, the variety streamer best known for Fortnite, who raised millions for children’s hospital St. Judes in 2019.

Lupo may not be the biggest streamer on the platform if you judge it purely on numbers – in fact, his 3.3 million followers is only good enough for 10th on the overall ranking – but his influence is measured in more ways than raw metrics.

DrLupo / TwitchDrLupo’s charity efforts were a big factor in his selection on list.

In one of the more bizarre entries, the man behind the viral ‘egg’ Instagram account and post also made the list, after his picture of an egg overtook Kylie Jenner for the most-liked post ever. It certainly got people talking, but Jury is still out on why it’s more influential than PewDiePie in 2019.

Another controversial pick is that of Carlos Maza, the Vox journalist who took aim first ‘right-wing commentator’ Steven Crowder, and then YouTube as a whole, for not doing enough about hateful content on the site. YouTube since said they would review their policies on the matter.

There are some eyebrow-raising omissions (and inclusions for that matter) from TIME’s 25 most influential people on the internet list, but all-in-all it sums up how the past year of the internet has gone.

Whether it’s the President of the United States or a viral egg, there’s nothing more influential than the internet itself in 2019.


Addison Rae blasts Ava Louise for publicly flirting with Bryce Hall

Published: 17/Jan/2021 22:22

by Charlotte Colombo


After TikTok star Ava Louise appeared to publicly shoot her shot with Bryce Hall over on Instagram, his girlfriend Addison Rae made sure to mark her territory with some loved-up snaps.

TikToker Ava Louise has been making waves on social media today after a series of bizarre posts, with several of them appearing to be aimed at Sway House member and fellow TikTok star Bryce Hall.

Being sure to tag Bryce Hall, Ava Louise appeared to share a series of sexually explicit messages directed towards the influencer, telling Hall that she “wanted to have sex” with him, “didn’t care” that he had a girlfriend and even hinting that she DM’d him explicit material from her OnlyFans account.

It appears that Addison Rae got wind of the flirty posts, and while she didn’t comment on the situation directly, she jokingly posted a photo of herself hugging a grinning Hall while she pouted. Seemingly making sure Ava knew where Hall stood, she captioned the photo as “mine.” As well as commenting on Rae’s photo affirming that she’s his “baby forever”, Hall posted a photo of the two of his own around the same time.


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However, even this didn’t seem to deter Ava, as she commented on Rae’s post offering to “share” Hall, remarking that she thinks Addison is “hot” too.

With drama page TikTok Room updating fans on the situation, it didn’t take long for celebrity columnist Perez Hilton to weigh in on the situation, as he suggested that Ava Louise was “a better fit” for Hall than Rae was.

This in turn attracted the attention of Bryce Hall’s mom, Leah Hall, who was quick to call out Hilton for his comment by asking him: “Why would you say that?”.

Given the bizarre nature of the messages Ava was sharing, fans began to suspect that her Instagram account had been hacked. As well as posting about Bryce Hall, the account also referred to other TikTok stars like Tony Lopez and Dixie D’Amelio.

As well as joking that Tony Lopez had “blocked her because she was over the age of consent,” Ava also appeared to proposition Dixie D’Amelio. Tagging D’Amelio in her Instagram story, Ava said that she knew Dixie “played for the other team” and made an explicit proposition to her.

While Ava appeared to rebuke claims that she had been hacked – saying in an Instagram comment that she was “not hacked, just h***y” – fans remain unconvinced.