H3H3's Ethan Klein and James Charles trade blows over 'copycat' merch - Dexerto
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H3H3’s Ethan Klein and James Charles trade blows over ‘copycat’ merch

Published: 18/Sep/2020 6:33

by Brad Norton

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H3H3’s Ethan Klein has been going back and forth with James Charles after the makeup YouTuber promoted new merchandise that appeared suspiciously similar to his wife’s.

James Charles is best known for his makeup-based YouTube channel which boasts more than 21 million followers. However, the popular personality has branched out into designing his own products and merchandise for fans as well.

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While many of his older creations helped fund his expensive Californian mansion, his latest drop has come under fire. Klein called out Charles on September 17 for his new line of merchandise that appeared oddly familiar. Teddy Fresh CEO Hila Klein has her own ‘colorblocking’ clothing line and her husband claims the new designs from Charles are the “exact same.”

While Charles has since publicly shot down these ‘plagiarist’ allegations, the two have continued to trade blows online.

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Hila Klein’s Teddy Fresh brand has been ‘plagiarized’ by James Charles, according to Ethan.

“I know we didn’t invent colorblocking,” Klein addressed, “but I’m having a hard time with the new James Charles merch.”

Both new designs feature vibrant colors splashed across the jumper, which change at each connecting point. The sleeves are a different color to the torso, while the hood is a different color to both, for instance. All the colors are pastel.

“Many people will assume he designed it and start accusing us of plagiarism,” he stressed. “It’s possible it’s all a totally cosmic coincidence but he used pretty much the identical colors here too.”

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It didn’t take long before Charles issued a response to his fans.

Supposedly, the two had a private conversation about the merchandise a day prior. “I sent you the original photo that inspired my collection, explained I’ve never seen your brand, but also asked what you wanted me to do,” Charles replied. “If you’d like to continue our conversation and find a solution, my DMs are still open.”

It appears the time for a mutual solution might be long gone, however. “You told me you were going to sell them anyway,” Klein soon followed up. “You also admitted that the similarity wasn’t a coincidence. I dm’d you because I wanted to keep this private but I found your response combative and dismissive.”

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That was the final public comment on the matter at the time of writing. Who knows what has been said behind the scenes since then, however. Perhaps the two have come to some kind of agreement despite the initial hostility.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated as the situation develops between the two internet celebrities.

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Joe Rogan finally changes JRE podcast lighting after fans complain

Published: 14/Oct/2020 17:41

by Daniel Cleary

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Popular stand-up comedian Joe Rogan has finally revealed changes to the lighting of his new podcast studio after fans decided they hated it, following his move to Texas.

After moving his entire podcast studio near his new Texas home in early September, Joe Rogan’s followers were quick to criticize him over the “tacky” updates made to the background of his setup.

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While most of his fans are used to seeing him in front of the classic red-brick wall with an American flag during his long-form conversations, his latest move saw the addition of some bizarre red lighting patterns instead.

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JRE fans criticized Rogan’s studio for its “tacky” red lights in previous episodes.

The UFC commentator’s first few episodes in the new studio were subject to a lot of criticism and many fans immediately called for adjustments to be made to the new camera angles and lighting that were being used.

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However, after initially addressing the hate and revealing that they had put the room together on short notice, it seems as if he has taken the feedback on board in his recent episodes, toning down the harsh red lighting that was present in the background of the show. The podcast host has now replaced the bright red light with a blue hue instead.

Since the release of his podcast with fellow comedian Colin Quinn on October 8, fans have noticed a massive improvement in the lighting and have been quite positive about the production changes that Rogan and JRE producer Jamie Vernon have made.

“Lighting is so much better, doesn’t look like you’re in front of a KFC sign” one viewer commented, while other JRE fans echoed similar compliments after the latest changes.

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The majority of his viewers claimed that the quality of the episode was “significantly better” but that it could still do with some minor adjustments to bring it up to the usual standard of the popular podcast.

As Rogan has previously explained that his current studio was put together on short notice, it is quite possible that he has even more changes in store over the next few months but we’ll just have to wait and see if any further adjustments are made.