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James Charles comes under fire for new YouTube reality show

Published: 2/Apr/2020 19:39 Updated: 23/Apr/2020 13:04

by Virginia Glaze


James Charles is one of YouTube’s biggest beauty personalities, boasting over 17 million subscribers on the platform, alone — but his new competitive reality show is getting some heat before it has even been released.

Charles has been teasing his competitive beauty show for some time now, and finally released a first look at the project in a series of photos on April 1.

The show, titled ‘Instant Influencer,’ pits a group of micro-influencers against one another for the title of top beauty personality, headed by Charles as they compete in various beauty-themed challenges.

James Charles is acting as the host and judge for his upcoming beauty competition show, “Instant Influencer.”

Despite the series promising premise in giving smaller YouTubers a spotlight, some critics are unhappy with the project, noting the apparent lack of diversity in the show’s cast of candidates.

“Now, I’m not surprised by this in the least, but y’all really said f**k black beauty boys,” one critic Tweeted of the series. “There’s a dot of pepper in a sea of salt.”

“I’m bummed because this isn’t diverse,” another commented. “It looks like a very specific type of person from one age range. But I’ll wait till I see the show. I would have loved to see like a 80 year old, someone who was disabled, but oh well.”

“No dark girls? No dark men? No plus size people?” another user challenged. “Having one black girl does not all of the sudden make it ‘soo diverse.’ There needs to be more.”

Charles uploaded small profiles of the candidates to his Instagram story, revealing that the six YouTubers in his promotional poster are the final contestants, featuring names like Christian Perez, Britany Renteria, and Kailin Chase.

The participating micro-influencers likewise uploaded their own videos discussing the project, which have been met with excitement from their fans — but critics of Charles have a decidedly opposing viewpoint on the topic.

While Charles has yet to speak out on the outrage over his upcoming show, this isn’t the last teaser for the project, by far: the YouTuber also announced an upcoming trailer for the project on April 3, giving another sneak peek into the competition before it airs.

The show itself will stream free on YouTube starting April 24th as part of YouTube Originals — although the verdict is already rocky, despite having not even been released yet.


TSM Hamlinz finally breaks Twitter silence after four-months away

Published: 26/Oct/2020 3:43 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 3:46

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Hamlinz has been missing in action for quite some time, but the beloved Fortnite streamer has finally broken his silence on Twitter on Oct. 25, and let the world know he is back and feeling good.

Darryle ‘Hamlinz’ Hamlin was once a pillar in the streaming world. He shot to fame while streaming Fortnite during its peak, and his popularity rose even more after he joined Team Solo Mid.

However, the beloved streamer has been on the down-low for several months now; in fact, he has been silent on social media for most of the year. 

Hamlinz tweeted every now and then between January and March, and even streamed a couple of times. But he was far less active than he used to be, and hadn’t posted at all since July.

Many speculated he might have been on another hiatus. The first one happened when he needed some time off to deal with a nasty cyst. The second one happened not long after when he needed some time to deal with personal issues.

TSM Hamlinz Social Media Silence
TSM Hamlinz
Hamlinz was once one of the most popular streamers alongside Shroud and Ninja.

Hamlinz is back and feeling like his old self again

Thankfully, he bounced back on both those occasions, and it seems like he’s bounced back once again. The full extent of what happened this time around remains unclear. However, the most important thing is that Hamlinz has finally broken his silence on social media.

“Feeling like my old self again,” he wrote. It’s a little more than one hour old, but the tweet has already amassed 50,000 likes, 6,5000 retweets, and 6,000 comments.

The hype is real, and for a good reason. Hamlinz is one of the most entertaining, likable, and talented streamers in the world. Plus, it’s always nice to see people recover from whatever issues they’re facing and get back on their own two feet.

The comments are filled with people happy to see him back. “Finally something good in 2020,” wrote one fan. “Hamlinz is BACK BABY,” wrote another.

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TSM Hamlinz
Hamlinz and Daequan are best friends and housemates.

Sadly, Hamlinz has remained tight-lipped on whether he will stream again anytime soon. However, considering he is feeling like his old self again, it could mean that a stream might not be too far away.

Either way, there’s no doubt that it will be a momentous occasion. If the excitement in the comments is anything to go by, the floodgates will open and his fans, followers, and viewers will come pouring in.

Hamlinz has more than five million followers across Twitch, Twitter, and Youtube. It seems all the time off hasn’t dampened his popularity in the slightest.