James Charles & Corinna Kopf slammed for viral "mugshot" challenge - Dexerto

James Charles & Corinna Kopf slammed for viral “mugshot” challenge

Published: 6/Apr/2020 17:23

by Jacob Hale


The “mugshot challenge” has been making waves on video-sharing platform TikTok, and now a number of content creators and celebrities have taken part in the “challenge” and been slammed as a result.

The internet is often awash with strange challenges or memes that seem to come out of nowhere, but more often than not they seem relatively harmless and manage to go largely unnoticed – but not this one.

The mugshot challenge sees people do their makeup so as to look a bit rough, or in a bad way, essentially how one might look in their mugshot, but many have called out the challenge as “insensitive” and called out those taking part.

As with any major trend online, popular influencers will jump on to test it out, gain some interaction and stay ahead of the curve, but this one has hit a nerve for some due to what it depicts.

Both James Charles and Corinna Kopf posted their own iterations of the challenge, complete with a bloody nose, bruised-looking eyes and bronzed cheeks, basically looking as though they have been beaten up or been involved in a fight.

Videos posted to TikTok of the challenge have already accrued over 110 million views, but as bigger influencers, the likes of Charles and Kopf are taking the heat and bulk of criticism for it.

While a lot of people have said the use of makeup and artistry looks great, there are of course people who do not see it as such and have not made any effort to hide their distaste for the challenge.

One Twitter user, openedSource, called it “tone-deaf and insensitive” due to the surging number of domestic violence cases, while ‘indi’ said that “none of these people will ever live in fear of a corrupt and prejudice justice system.”

Charles did take the time to respond to one follower, Breanne, who said that her experience as a domestic violence victim made the trend very uncomfortable for her. He apologized for her experience and explained the origin of the mugshot challenge, before reassuring Breanne that he loves her.

Neither content creator has yet to comment openly on the criticism, and it’s not yet clear whether they will, but as openedsource pointed out, this could potentially be an issue with sponsors and partners if they pick up too much heat.

With so many people taking part in the challenge, it’s possible the detractors speaking out against Charles and Kopf move on before long, but how they respond – if at all – will need to be very carefully considered.


DragonForce’s Herman Li banned from Twitch amid DMCA drama

Published: 27/Oct/2020 13:36 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 13:50

by Lauren Bergin


Popular music streamer and DragonForce guitarist Herman Li has had his Twitch account banned on October 27, with the reason still unknown.

In a shock move, Twitch has suspended popular musician Herman Li from streaming on the platform, which he uses to provide insight into the life of professional musicians, as well as to shred his guitar like the metal God that he is.

Known for being the lead guitarist of Grammy-winning heavy rock group DragonForce – the masterminds behind the infamous ‘Through the Fire and Flames’ that dominated every Guitar Hero players’ childhood, Li has been praised over the years for his musical talents.

The guitarist has become somewhat of an icon on the platform, so it shocked fans to see his channel was no longer available.

Li has become not only a DragonForce icon, but a Twitch one too.

Is this a DMCA ban?

At the time of writing, the reason for Li’s ban is unknown. Twitch does not comment on moderation decisions as a matter of privacy.

Speculation though, is that the artist has been banned as part of the new wave of DMCA strikes that have been sweeping across Twitch. As a musical streamer, DMCA makes the lives of musicians particularly difficult. Many have and may be banned in the future due to these new regulations – even if they are playing their own music.

In April, Li was livid as Universal muted his music on YouTube.

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Neither Li nor Twitch have elaborated on why the ban has taken place. No matter the reason though, this news comes will come as a shock to both Li and his fans, especially when he addressed the Twitch ban situation directly on stream back in June, reassuring other streamers that using his band’s music would not result in a DMCA strike.

Li stated that: “We know all these crazy things are happening on Twitch, people getting banned, people getting taken down, DMCA, I can tell you, you can play any song from the latest DragonForce album, Extreme Power Metal, and you will not get a strike. I assure you, you will be ok. Because we are very good friends with our people from the record label, who also love Twitch, so you will not have a problem.”

We will update this story if more details on the reason behind Li’s suspension become clear.