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James Charles calls out Uber after being “threatened” by driver

Published: 28/Feb/2020 19:39

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube star James Charles is one of the net’s most popular beauty gurus with a successful makeup empire — but the social media celebrity was met with unexpected backlash after calling an Uber.

Charles is more than a social media influencer: the makeup mogul, who boasts a whopping 16 million YouTube subscribers, is also hugely popular in the real world, and even caused a traffic gridlock in Birmingham, UK due to a meet and greet event.

However, even famous personalities aren’t exempt from the odd negative confrontation, as Charles unfortunately experienced in an unsafe encounter in late February.

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James Charles surprised fans with a Tweet claiming that he had been threatened by an Orlando-based Uber driver.

In a shocking Tweet, Charles claimed that he and his employees had been “threatened” with physical violence by an Uber driver in Orlando, Florida, who purportedly verbally abused the group with various expletive insults.

“Hi!” the YouTuber wrote, tagging both Uber and Uber Support’s Twitter accounts. “One of your drivers in Orlando just called my employee and I dumb*sses, b**ches, and threatened to hit us. Please contact me as soon as possible.”

The company replied promptly, asking for Charles’ contact information to rectify the issue.

At the time of writing, Uber has reportedly taken steps to remedy the situation, as stated by a representative of the company via People Magazine.

According to Uber’s spokesperson, the company is “looking into the matter” and reminded People that they boast a “clear non-discrimination policy,” although it’s unclear what exactly prompted the driver’s outburst.

Charles has yet to speak further on the matter, as well — but a quick look at Uber’s guidelines shows that the driver broke several tenants of the business’s policies, including its stance on “aggressive, confrontational, and harassing behavior,” which they state is clearly “not allowed.”

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A spokesperson from Uber made sure to mention the company’s non-discrimination policy, an claimed they are investigating the matter.

This isn’t the first time a YouTuber has been threatened with bodily harm by employees of newly emerging companies, either: in fact, MTV starlet Tana Mongeau claimed a gun was pulled on her by a Las Vegas Airbnb owner in January, although further information on the incident has yet to be revealed.

Thankfully, Charles is safe and sound, despite a scary situation that put both himself and his team at risk.

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Conor McGregor explains why YouTube boxing is “good business” for the sport

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:20

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Jake Paul and Logan Paul helped popularize ‘YouTube Boxing’ in recent years, although it’s often described as a mockery of the sport. However, Conor McGregor explained why he isn’t against it and thinks it’s good business.

Conor McGregor has been focused on his upcoming UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier for a while now. However, that hasn’t stopped Jake Paul from doing his best to rope the former double champion into an exhibition boxing match.

Jake first called him out back in November 2020 after he knocked out Nate Robinson. Then, he taunted him to accept a $50 million fight offer several weeks later and has been flailing about ever since. 

He still hasn’t managed to get his attention. However, his antics did draw out comments from UFC President Dana White and Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh. Now, Conor has finally shared his thoughts on YouTube boxing as a whole, and here’s what he had to say.

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Jake Paul has tried and failed to bait a response from Conor McGregor.

“A lot of people are criticizing [YouTube boxing] as maybe making a bit of a mockery of fighting,” asked an interviewer. It’s the predominant view among fans of combat sports. “I want you to weigh in on that for me.” 

“If they are fighting, well, then it can’t make a mockery of fighting, right?” said Conor. “They’re getting in, and they’re competing. I am not so much against it. The YouTube kid and the NBA star competing [was] good business.

“Am I into those competitions myself? It’s not the most high level if any level… [but] as they say if it makes dollars, it makes sense,” he added. “I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but… I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I am certainly a viewer.”

 

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Conor’s opinion might come as a surprise to fans who expected him to make scathing comments. However, as a businessman himself, it seems like he’s all for it. Plus, as he said, YouTube boxers are still fighting and giving it their all.

On another note, Conor didn’t seem too incensed about Jake. He barely mentioned him at all. 

Still, it’s only a matter of time before Jake responds, and there’s no doubt he won’t be too thrilled about being referred to as “the YouTube kid.”