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

Published: 6/Apr/2020 17:23

by Jacob Hale

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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.

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TikToker Danielle Cohn denies using slur after backlash over video clip

Published: 6/Jan/2021 20:15

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular influencer Danielle Cohn is facing outrage after a video clip of hers went viral, in which many critics felt she stopped herself short of saying a slur.

Danielle Cohn is a relatively well-known influencer all around, boasting over 1.8 million subscribers on YouTube and a jaw-dropping 18.5 million followers on TikTok.

Despite her peppy attitude, the young star has been wrapped in controversy throughout her career, and her latest scandal sparked due to an unfortunate slip-up in a group Q&A video.

On January 5, Cohn gathered with a number of friends on a couch to “ask guys JUICY questions that girls are afraid to ask,” as indicated by the video’s title.

However, it wasn’t the “juicy questions” that have critics shaking their heads; instead, it’s an apparent slur she seemed to say that has incited outrage online.

“It makes him look weak!” Cohn shouted. “It looks ***,” she began, before clapping her hands over her mouth after appearing to realize what she was going to say.

“Cut that out!” she appeared to ask her editor. “It is dumb!”

The video quickly went viral across social media, with viewers speaking out against the influencer for seeming to use a slur. Cohn has since explained her side of the story, arguing that she had meant to say someone’s name, instead.

“I meant to say someone’s name with an r, and then I figured I shouldn’t,” Cohn wrote in an Instagram comment. “I don’t wanna bring him up, so I said cut that out, but my editor didn’t cut it out.”

Needless to say, it doesn’t seem like critics are buying her explanation, with many noting the context of her sentence and the similarity of the “name” she’d meant to say with the supposed slur in question.

“She legit says ‘but its ***,’” one user said of the situation. “What a name.”

“I heard ‘re-’ now who she know name is like that?” another wrote. “Stop the cap.”

Commenters call out Danielle Cohn
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Commenters were quick to call out Cohn for supposedly saying a slur during a video clip.

Regardless, Cohn has yet to speak further on the situation in wake of the backlash that has mounted against her after the video has taken over TikTok tea pages.