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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

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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.

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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.

Gaming

Twitch bot finds PS5s and Xbox Series Xs in-stock so you don’t have to

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:10

by Michael Gwilliam

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A popular new Twitch bot is doing all the legwork to help gamers find out what stores have PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles in stock.

Gamers have been hard-pressed to find a next-gen console for themselves or loved ones as the Christmas season approaches. It seems like almost everywhere is sold out, leaving only scalpers who have been selling units for insane markups.

Now, a new Twitch bot has entered the fray and is helping anyone who can’t keep up with the constant refreshing know when they can get their hands on Sony or Microsoft’s new console.

Viewers can simply go to the Twitch channel and watch live as the bot searches through various sites to find inventory. The bot will actively check through Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and more and state whether they’re out of stock or have consoles in.

As a nice little bonus, the channel even says when the last “drop” was. At the time of publishing, the last store to get both consoles in stock was Walmart at 9:30 PM EST on November 25.

Users can also use the !local command to check any store stock near them.

According to Polygon, the channel is run by Cam Ritz and uses a program called streetmerchant that does the monitoring.

The program’s features page state that it “scrapes multiple websites for patterns of being stocked via API and Chromium.”

Ritz claims that so far, the bot has helped viewers actually find consoles – with a few nabbing Series Xs from GameStop and Sam’s Club.

Unfortunately, for most viewers, watching the stream will result in a near-endless red wave of OUT OF STOCK notifications, further cementing just how difficult it is to find a console this year.

As the days continue and the Christmas season approaches, keeping this channel open may be a great tool if you’re actively still looking for a PS5 or Xbox Series X. Or for those who have managed to already snag a console, it can serve as a reminder of just how difficult it can be.