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James Charles slams Cameo for email “profiting” from Coronavirus

Published: 15/Mar/2020 0:17 Updated: 15/Mar/2020 0:19

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube star and makeup mogul James Charles has hit out at celebrity shoutout service Cameo, who purportedly sent him an email that he claims is trying to “profit” from hysteria surrounding the Novel Coronavirus.

Cameo is a relatively new service taking over the online space, allowing fans to pay celebrities in exchange for a custom shout-out from their favorite stars.

Advertising such celebs as actress Debra Messing, the NBA’s Aaron Gordon, and even YouTubers like Chris Turner, it seems that Cameo boasts a large arsenal of huge names — but they aren’t enlisting the services of one social media influencer, in particular.

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James Charles is one of YouTube’s biggest makeup moguls, boasting over 17 million subscribers on the platform.

In a Tweet on March 14, Charles shared an alleged email from the celebrity service, who urged the star to sign up on their site as a means to take advantage of the current social isolation due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

“I don’t know if your events have been affected by the pandemic, but we’ve seen a growing number of talent joining Cameo to stay connected with fans from the safety of their homes, while also having an additional revenue stream as things get postponed,” the purported email reads.

James Charles, Twitter / Drama Alert, YouTube
James Charles shared an alleged email from Cameo, which appears to use the Coronavirus pandemic as a means to recruit potential stars.

Charles wasted no time calling out the platform, claiming that the company is trying to take advantage of a serious situation and even calling the message “pathetic.”

“I interact with my fans for free every day because it’s my job and I love them!” he wrote. “Your website that charges for this is pathetic, and so is your email pitch to profit off of a deadly virus!”

James Charles, Twitter / Drama Alert, YouTube
James Charles called out celebrity shoutout service “Cameo” for an alleged email they sent in an attempt to recruit him.

That’s not all: Charles followed up his now-deleted post with another Tweet, where he admitted that he originally wanted to avoid offending other personalities who use the service, but was sent “over the edge” by the company’s divisive email.

While he isn’t alone in his thinking, his post has incited a slew of conversation regarding the ethics of stars charging for a shoutout from fans — especially during a time of mass panic as the Coronavirus continues to develop, prompting social isolation, travel bans, and shortages of basic items like hand sanitizer and toilet paper.

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TikToker Sienna Mae slammed by fans for “privileged” trip to Hawaii

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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TikTok star Sienna Mae faced backlash from fans after she posted a TikTok of herself going on a spontaneous trip to Hawaii.

TikToker Sienna Mae found herself at the receiving end of criticism recently after she posted a TikTok implying that she had gone to Hawaii to surprise her boyfriend, fellow TikTok star Jack Wright.

In a video posted on her TikTok, she can be seen receiving a text from her boo, who was already in Hawaii, saying how he “wished [she] was here” before throwing clothes in a suitcase, driving to the airport and surprising Wright on a Hawaiian beach.

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Due to the current health crisis, fans didn’t react well to Mae’s trip. Several TikTok users reminded Mae in the comments that “we are in a p*ndemic”, with one TikTok user quipping that they “can’t even go to the store” due to the current restrictions.

In response to the backlash, Mae commented on her original TikTok claiming that she flew to Hawaii for work and had tested negative prior to her arrival.

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TikTok: Sienna Mae
Mae reassured fans that she had tested negative and was taking all the necessary precautions during her trip.

However, for fans on Twitter, this wasn’t good enough. One user said: “She’s privileged enough to have a job that she can comfortably work from home with and make thousands of dollars a DAY. Why exactly does she have to go to Hawaii?”

Meanwhile, another Twitter user cast doubt over Mae’s claims, joking: “Yeah right! I’d like to know what job lets you run off to Hawaii! How can I get hired there?”

Mae is yet to publicly comment further on this backlash.

Who is Sienna Mae?

Sienna Mae Gomez is a California-based TikTok star who has seen exponential growth in popularity during the late summer/early autumn of this year.

Although she is only sixteen years old, she has already grown a sizeable platform due to her entertaining dance videos and content advocating for body positivity. She currently has 10.7 million followers on TikTok and 1.3 million followers on Instagram.

While some TikTok stars gained their platform over time, Mae’s rise to TikTok stardom was fairly rapid, with TheNetline reporting that she gained 1.5 million TikTok followers in two weeks.

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Instagram: Sienna Mae Gomez
Alongside her work as an influencer, Sienna Mae is also an outspoken advocate for body positivity.

Many would be intimidated by such a rapid rise to fame, but in an interview with The NetLine in September, Mae said: “I love it. I wouldn’t change it for the world. This is what I have been saying I’ve wanted to do ever since I came out of the womb. I’m really happy and I really am thankful for the support. I am ecstatic about my TikTok fame.”

Mae has been dating Jack Wright since October, with the two confirming their relationship with a kiss at Saddle Ranch on 12 October. She met Wright at the high school they both attend.