In a revealing interview conducted in November 2019, YouTuber James Charles has opened up about being labeled a “predator” amid his drama with fellow YouTuber Tati Westbrook.
Drama between the two make-up and beauty YouTubers started to unfurl in April 2019, when Charles made an Instagram story promoting a rival product to Tati’s supplement brand. Tati expressed her disappointment and hurt, forcing Charles to write out an explanation and apology shortly after.
Then it escalated, and in May 2019 Tati Westbrook released a 40-minute video – now private on Tati’s channel – explaining the entire ordeal and then accusing Charles of coercing straight men into doing sexual acts with him.
Westbrook and Charles were best friends prior to their fallout in April 2019.
Naturally, this led to a lot of speculation on the internet and accusations being made of Charles, being labeled a “predator” by his detractors – and how he’s opened up about it.
“The reality is that the ‘hook-up’ that was being discussed was completely consensual. It was with a boy who told me that he was bisexual and later on told the world he was bisexual. Therefore there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Speaking on cancel culture and the hate he faced following the drama, he said: “There’s no other word to describe it other than just toxic. It’s so toxic. It’s behavior that should not be tolerated. And it’s so easy to forget that when you’re tweeting these people, there’s a real person behind the other screen that’s looking at that. … It could truly push someone over the edge.”
What is most concerning is Charles saying how this could “truly push someone over the edge.”
Though it’s not quite clear what exactly he meant by this, he later said that he was “so grateful to be surrounded by close friends and family that were checking on me all day long, every single day, in the middle of the night, every 10 minutes to make sure I didn’t do something that I could never take back.”
The implications of the effect the hate, drama and cancel culture had on James are concerning, and everyone involved is lucky he never did something he “could never take back.”
It appears that, despite the immediate aftermath of the issues between James Charles and Tati Westbrook, Charles is starting to return to a better place but admits that he still doesn’t feel “back to normal.”
Speaking of the future, Charles says he wants to move into bigger productions and explore singing and tour opportunities, believing his fans will follow him regardless of what he does next.
Trying to understand Twitch emotes and Twitch chat culture? Here, we’ll explain the meaning of some of Twitch’s most common and quirky emotes, to help you fit right in, and stop being a ‘normie’ or a ‘YouTube frog’.
If you’re new to Twitch, the chat can actually be a somewhat daunting experience. Years of inside jokes, memes and references you might not have a clue about have taken on a form of their own.
Think of this as your starters guide to some of Twitch’s best emotes, that truly make the platform what it is for chatters. Some of these emotes have deep roots in internet culture, such as KEKW, now one of the most popular.
It’s also worth noting that many of these emotes are not actually even on Twitch natively. Many users have extensions such as FrankerFaceZ and Better Twitch TV (BTTV), which add in countless new custom emotes. So, you might be seeing the word KEKW in chat and have no idea what’s going on.
KEKW is a FrankerFaceZ emote that is used on Twitch to represent laughter, when a funny moment occurs on stream.
One of the trendiest emotes on Twitch in 2020, KEKW comes from the classic clip of El Risitas laughing on Spanish TV.
KEKW is now one of the most popular emotes to represent laughing on Twitch.
What does KEKW mean on Twitch?
You’ve probably seen countless meme versions of this video. KEKW is simply his face laughing, representing a hilarious moment on stream.
If a streamer says or does something that has viewers in hysterics, chat will almost certainly light up wit KEKW spam. Although, there are a few competing emotes too, such as LULW.
Just like it’s counterpart KEKW, LULW is a zoomed-in version of the Twitch default emote, LUL. This emote is the face of the late video game YouTuber, critic and commentator John ‘TotalBiscuit’ Bain.
LULW is often a KEKW alternative on Twitch.
What does LULW mean on Twitch?
LUL was actually removed from Twitch, before being reinstated after Bain’s death from cancer in 2018. A cartoon version of the emote took its place. LULW is from the original version of the LUL emote.
There is a debate about which emote is better: LULW or KEKW. So far, KEKW is winning the war as it has almost double the usage of LULW in 2020.
Kappa is a default global Twitch emote, and for a long time was the most popular on the platform. It’s since been dethroned, but it’s potentially still the most iconic of all emotes.
Kappa is an iconic Twitch emote, possibly the most recognizable.
What does Kappa mean on Twitch?
Kappa is actually the face of Josh DeSeno, an employee at Twitch back when it was called Justin.TV. His classic facial expression here is used to represent sarcasm.
So, if someone says something questionable in chat, but follows it up with a Kappa, then you’ll know they were being tongue-in-cheek. There are also countless variants of Kappa, including KappaPride, which is used to represent support for the LGBT+ community.
Jebaited is a global Twitch emote, and is the face of Alex Jebailey. Jebailey is the founder and CEO of Community Effort Orlando events.
Jebaited is for those moments when a streamer gets ‘baited’
What does Jebaited mean?
The clue is in the name with this emote – it’s all about being baited.
Jebaited is one of the most useful emotes on Twitch, especially when the streamer is playing a game and is literally ‘baited’ by an opponent. But chatters can be baited too, when they expect the streamer to do something interesting or impressive, only to fall short.
TriHard is a global Twitch emote, but also happens to be one of the most controversial. It depicts streamer TriHex, pulling what he has described as a very awkward smile. The original picture was taken at an anime convention, and TriHex was happy about having his DragonBallZ image signed.
TriHard is probably the most controversial emote on Twitch.
What does TriHard mean?
TriHard can represent joy, success after winning a hard game (e.g. trying hard), surprise, or a number of other reactions.
But, TriHard has a contentious history. Even though TriHex himself likes the emote and is happy for it to be on Twitch, other streamers have actually banned it from their chats, including HasanAbi.
This is because it has taken on a darker use – spammed in chat when a black person appears on stream. In fact, it’s the reason that xQc was suspended from the Overwatch League, after he was adjudged to have put the emote in chat when caster Malik Forte appeared on stream. The OWL said he had used the emote in a “racially disparaging” manner.
TriHard is often paired with the number 7, as TriHard 7, with the 7 intended to look like a salute.
cmonBruh is another global Twitch emote which is a classic, but similarly controversial one. It’s exact origin is unknown, but it has been on Twitch since 2016.
CmonBruh has a controversial status as a Twitch emote.
What does cmonBruh mean?
Although it can be used to express confusion, surprise or disapproval, cmonBruh is commonly used to question if something was potentially racist.
So, if a streamer or another chatter says something that could be construed as racist, cmonBruh often fills up the chat. For this reason, cmonBruh is also controversial, with some arguing the emote is itself racist.
Regardless, it remains a popular global emote, and has variants such as ‘hyperBruh’ – a red version used when something is even more obviously discriminatory. Such emotes have been banned in the chats of various streamers, including Hasan and xQc.
For a more wholesome emote, it’s all about BibleThump. Another global Twitch emote, BibleThump is used when something is sad, and you want to express being tearful in chat.
BibleThump is always useful for those emotional moments on stream.
What does BibleThump mean?
BibleThump was made more popular thanks to the ‘i cry everytim’ meme, and the website ICryEveryTime, which people would send when something sad happened. The page is literally just lots of BibleThump emotes accompanied by sorrow orchestral music.
It literally just means crying, but is often used in a more sarcastic sense, than to represent genuine sadness.
haHAA is a BTTV emote used to express cringe, or when something tries to be funny but isn’t. You can use this when you want to mock something or someone being unfunny, despite their best efforts.
When something is too cringeworthy, just use haHAA
What does haHAA mean?
haHAA features a man grimacing, doing a fake laugh of sorts. The face behind the emote is Shy Ronnie, from The Lonely Island band, real name Andy Samberg.
Introduced in 2016, it has fallen out of popularity somewhat, as alternatives like ‘WeirdChamp’ have taken its place. But, you’ll still see haHAA’s used regularly when there is cringe on display – which is pretty common on Twitch.
Twitch emotes fall in and out of popularity and trendiness over time, but these emotes have remained ever-popular.
There’s also whole sub-sections of memes, such as the various ‘Champ’ emotes, and the endless variations of Pepe the Frog. These basics should help you get started though, and you’ll be an emote connoisseur in no time.