James Charles & Manny MUA appear to shade Alicia Keys over makeup line

Published: 6/Aug/2020 18:01 Updated: 7/Aug/2020 12:22

by Georgina Smith


Beauty influencers James Charles and Manny MUA have thrown some serious Twitter shade targeting celebs ‘who don’t wear makeup’ but launch their own beauty brands. People are convinced it was a dig at Alicia Keys, who has just launched a line with E.L.F.

James Charles and Manny MUA are no strangers to social media drama. Both of them became wrapped up in Tati Westbrook’s hair gummy drama of 2019, and saw an enormous loss in subscribers as a result.

Despite an apparent effort to stay out of the drama, fans were sent into a frenzy when the stars sent vague tweets complaining about ‘people who don’t wear makeup’ diving into the beauty industry.

“Does anyone else get slightly irritated when celebs come out with entire makeup lines? Especially when those celebs don’t even wear makeup” Manny wrote.

James follows in a similar vein, in now-deleted tweets: “People who do not wear makeup should not be coming out with makeup brands but that’s just my opinion.”

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Recent years have seen many influencers and celebrities hopping into the hugely profitable beauty industry, including TikTok sibling sensations Charli and Dixie D’Amelio.

Fans were quick to speculate. Many considered James and Manny’s tweets to be in direct reference to the D’Amelio’s recent collab with Morphe.

James shut this down very quickly. He announced that he’d “reworded the original tweet” because “people assumed I was shading my own friends.” This seemed to be to protect his recently blossoming friendship with the sisters.

How is Alicia Keys involved?

Speculation then moved to singer Alicia Keys, who has previously been open about her active decision to go makeup-free. She announced a “lifestyle beauty brand” with makeup company E.L.F shortly before James and Manny’s tweets.

Manny followed up by suggesting that “if you’re known for makeup” it’s acceptable to venture into the beauty business. However, he also notes that being the face of something is different to having your own brand.

While it doesn’t appear that either of the two influencers have mentioned Alicia by name, for some fans it seems far too coincidental that the launch announcement and twitter shade happened on the same day.


Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney


Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

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Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.