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Fans outraged over Jaclyn Hill’s new “mystery box” makeup launch

Published: 5/Feb/2021 23:50 Updated: 5/Feb/2021 23:57

by Virginia Glaze

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Beauty guru and YouTuber Jaclyn Hill is coming under fire from critics after selling a makeup “mystery box” — which is causing some fans to scratch their heads, as she hasn’t released a new product in over a year.

Jaclyn Hill is a relatively divisive name in the influencer makeup space; ever since her massive lipstick scandal in 2019 (during which fans claimed to have found foreign objects and even mold in the lipsticks), she has borne the brunt of internet vitriol with every new project she undertakes.

Thus far, Hill’s brand has released two product lines — a line of lipsticks, and a line of highlighters, which were comparatively well-received by consumers.

However, it has been some time since Hill’s own brand — Jaclyn Hill Cosmetics — has released anything else, with Hill also coming out with another partnered Morphe palette in between.

 

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This changed just ahead of Valentine’s Day, with the influencer announcing she’d be selling a makeup “mystery box” full of unspecified products from her brand.

Unsurprisingly, this drew some concern from fans and critics alike, who were confused as to the seemingly random decision to release an equally random assortment of products with a “mystery” premise.

Hill took to Instagram to explain that she’d initially planned a slew of product launches throughout 2020, but the current global health crisis had thrown a serious monkey wrench into the proceedings.

 

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Understanding the confusion among her fans, she then revealed a few of the products that would be included in the box, which consisted of highlighters and liquid lipsticks — a move that drew more than a few negative comments, considering her past lipstick launch.

Despite the concern surrounding the launch, Hill’s box managed to sell out in a manner of seconds after officially going live on February 5 at 11 AM PST.

Hill stated on Instagram that she was “speechless and sobbing uncontrollably” over the unexpected success of her mystery makeup box — but many fans were disappointed that they couldn’t get their hands on a product they’d been excited to snag.

According to Hill, her brand had “thousands of boxes” in-store, claiming, “I thought it would take a while to sell through.”

Luckily, she stated that there’s “still more to come” from Jaclyn Hill Cosmetics in the future — but the jury is out as to the products’ quality until buyers receive their makeup.

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That Vegan Teacher responds to TikTok ban for alleged “community violations”

Published: 24/Feb/2021 0:48 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 0:50

by Jacob Hale

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Notorious TikTok vegan That Vegan Teacher has created a video response after being banned on the platform for allegedly violating several community guidelines.

That Vegan Teacher, real name Kadie Karen Diekmeyer, has clocked up around 1.5m followers on the app and is known for her very firm vegan beliefs, which she frequently preaches on the app.

She’s also had several run-ins with other top names — including, notably, Minecraft sensation 16-year-old TommyInnit, whose fans bombarded her with hate comments after she suggested someone help him feel more comfortable around girls.

Now, after rumors that she had been arrested in January 2021 (which was proven false), she seems to have been banned from the app altogether.

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ThatVeganTeacher has been a divisive figure on TikTok.

Why was That Vegan Teacher banned on TikTok?

At the time of writing, there’s no clear explanation as to why That Vegan Teacher has been banned on TikTok, with neither her nor TikTok coming out with an explanation.

While the reason hasn’t been confirmed, a disclaimer on her TikTok profile suggests it’s due to multiple Community Guidelines violations.

This could be any number of things, so it’s impossible to speculate on what exactly the violations could be, and we’ll have to wait for official confirmation before reporting it. According to TikTok’s guidelines though, her misdemeanor could fall under any of these categories:

  • Violent extremism
  • Hateful behavior
  • Illegal activities and regulated goods
  • Violent and graphic content
  • Suicide, self harm and dangerous acts
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Adult nudity and sexual activities
  • Minor safety
  • Integrity and authenticity
  • Platform security
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That Vegan Teacher’s TikTok now shows no followers, likes or posts.

That Vegan Teacher has in the past had her videos reacted to by top celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay, who didn’t seem her biggest fan, and Russell Brand for her divisive takes.

That Vegan Teacher responds to her TikTok ban

A short time later, That Vegan Teacher created a video response to the situation, which she uploaded to YouTube with all comments and likes/dislikes turned off.

In her video, the controversial TikToker accused her critics of being “scared” of telling kids “the truth” about veganism, and alleged that her ban was the work of “veganphobic” users. In her video description, she also alleged that her home had been “attacked” by critics, who left “dead animal parts” on her front door and – even purportedly doxed her personal information.

That’s not all; some TikTokers believe that Vegan Teacher may have started using a new TikTok account, although these rumors have yet to be fully verified at the time of writing.

Previously, she has drawn comparisons between animal cruelty and atrocities such as the Holocaust, which is likely a large contributor to why TikTok users would report her and the platform would ultimately kick her off.