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Jeffree Star addresses criticism after old photos resurface online

Published: 18/Jun/2020 23:44

by Virginia Glaze

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Makeup mogul and YouTuber Jeffree Star has addressed public outrage after receiving backlash from fans over controversial older photos of himself, as well as “offensive” comments he’d made in the past.

Star became the subject of scrutiny in early June after old photos surfaced of the beauty guru posing by a fan who’d draped a Confederate flag around their shoulders in a Visalia, CA diner.

Many found the pictures distasteful and accused Star of racist behavior — claims that he addressed in a lengthy Twitter post on June 18.

“I was asked to be in that photo for shock value because I was ‘gay’ and and obviously not what the flag represents,” he explained. “I was mocking the flag but now see how ugly and wrong it is to be next to it.”

Jeffree Star poses next to fan wearing Confederate Flag
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Jeffree Star posed with a fan wearing a Confederate Flag in the past, which the YouTuber claimed was for “shock value” in a June 18 Twitter post.

That isn’t the only issue Star responded to in his post, either; he likewise touched on other old photos that surfaced on a website that showed the YouTuber engaging in harmful behavior, and pleaded with critics to avoid sharing the disturbing pictures.

“I’m asking anyone who reposted or shared the image of me [hurting] myself to please stop,” he continued. “I let someone photograph me when I was really young… Self-mutilation was something I was addicted to as a teenager and has always haunted me.”

Star also addressed divisive comments he made about “anyone who was obsessed with makeup” when he was 17 years old, claiming the offensive term was similarly made for “shock value.”

“It does not reflect who I am today or what I stand for or have EVER stood for,” the YouTuber wrote. “…The word itself is disgusting and I will always be deeply sorry to anyone who had to see that and will continue to be sorry for all the dumb, vile s**t I said in my past.”

Thus far, fan opinions are divided on Star’s latest statement, which comes after his shocking 100 + subscriber loss following allegations from fellow YouTuber and former friend Kameron Lester on June 10.

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Star has yet to comment on Lester’s accusations at the time of writing.

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Daequan’s first tweet after 6-month hiatus sparks hope for Twitch return

Published: 27/Nov/2020 5:39

by Andrew Amos

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Daequan ‘Daequan’ Loco has broken his six-month social media silence in time for Thanksgiving. While the tweet was short and sweet, it has given fans of the former TSM Fortnite star hope for a potential return to Twitch.

Daequan has practically disappeared from the public eye in 2020. He vowed that he’d try to return to Twitch by January 2020 after taking time off to focus on his health, but hasn’t made an appearance on the platform since December 2019.

On top of that, he’s gone quiet on socials, not posting anything since March. While he has moved in with long-time friend and former duo Hamlinz in the meantime, there wasn’t any indication he was coming back to streaming.

However, Daequan has finally broken his silence to give thanks to his fans on Thanksgiving, and tell everyone that he is getting along just fine.

“Feeling better than I have in years. Always thankful,” the short message red, with a selfie of the streamer.

The tweet has gone viral, with over 100,000 fans liking the tweet, and many of his contemporaries sending him messages of support, including TimtheTatman, NICKMERCS, and Classify.

Daequan’s eight-word return has also managed to spark hope in his fanbase of a potential return to streaming. No matter whether it’s Fortnite, or a new game that’s come out in his absence like Valorant, Daequan’s fans are itching to see him back on the platform.

There is potential for a return. Hamlinz has been a bit more active on social media, and Tfue even tried to get him to turn on the stream ⁠— even if just for a day.

No matter what though, Daequan is taking things at his own pace. He’s still on that journey to better health, and will return in his own time when he believes it’s right.

Fans of Daequan will be hoping it’s not another six months until we hear from the TSM Fortnite star again, but only time will tell if he actually commits to returning to streaming.