James Charles opens up about mental health in wake of 2019 Tati drama - Dexerto

James Charles opens up about mental health in wake of 2019 Tati drama

Published: 10/Jan/2020 23:23

by Virginia Glaze


YouTube star and makeup mogul James Charles uploaded a video reflecting on the events of his tumultuous 2019 — and it looks like the beauty guru has successfully put his past drama behind him.

In 2019, James Charles saw both unprecedented growth (opening a Morphe store in Manchester, UK and causing a gridlock for traffic) and drama, after mentor Tati Westbrook attempted to “expose” him for allegedly manipulating the sexuality of straight men using his fame.

After losing hundreds of thousands of subscribers due to her now-deleted “Bye Sister” video, Charles managed to climb back on top after releasing his own “No More Lies” statement which explained the situation in full and lead many fans to take his side in the fallout.

Now, 2020 has officially arrived, ringing in both a new decade and a new period of peace for the young beauty guru, who claimed that he was able to stay afloat during some of his darkest times thanks to his new pup, Finnigan.

“I tried my best to put on a smile for the camera, because I would be completely lying if I said that I was happy during that month [September], because I was not at all,” Charles tearfully admitted. “I was still really trying hard to just get everything back together, working with my mental health.”

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However, Charles is now confident that he’s back to his old self, revealing that the holidays have been some of his happiest days since recovering from his viral feud with Tati.

“The past few weeks have been some of the happiest I’ve had in so long,” Charles said, breaking into tears. “It just feels really, really, really f**king good to be able to sit on camera and say that with confidence and to not be lying and smiling just to keep the show going.”

James Charles, InstagramAfter a tumultuous 2019 full of drama, hacks, and faked screenshots, James Charles has got his mojo back.

What was once a potentially career-ending debacle for the makeup sensation has now become a testament to his mental strength, with the YouTuber hoping for even greater heights as 2020 begins.


FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo


Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.