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Jeffree Star & Tati Westbrook speak out amid Shane Dawson scandal

Published: 24/Jun/2020 19:54

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube beauty gurus Tati Westbrook and Jeffree Star have finally spoken out after fellow creator Shane Dawson’s account of events in relation to the canceling of James Charles in 2019.

The drama began after Jeffree Star was called out by one of his ex-models, Kameron Lester, who claimed that Dawson had called Star and “cursed out” James Charles over the phone prior to the drama from May 2019.

Lester expressed regret that he hadn’t notified Charles of potential ill will against him from these YouTube giants at the time, leading Dawson to speak out on the subject in a divisive and lengthy Notes post.

Shane Dawson Twitter statement James Charles drama

In his statement, Dawson claimed that he no longer wanted to take part in the scandal and did not tell Charles about Tati’s viral “Bye Sister” video, although he knew it would be coming out, and has since discussed the situation with Charlies in private.

However, the entire fiasco has stirred the social media pot fit to boiling, and Star appeared to address the matter in a series of now-deleted Tweets.

“My coping mechanisms for past trauma sometimes make more problems for me and the people around me,” the makeup mogul wrote. “Don’t let anyone ever tell you it’s too late to get help. Mental health is more important than anything on the planet.”

 

 

One fan didn’t seem appeased by his statement, replying back with, “So, getting millions of fans to hate on a 19-year-old that almost lead to suicide was a coping mechanism for you?”

Jeffree Star deleted Tweet mental health

“If that’s the fake narrative you want to believe, great?” Star shot back. “Move on and worry about your own s**tty life and actions. Mine are not your problem.”

Jeffree Star deleted tweet fan response

That’s not all; Star also replied to another fan, who had defended him amid the drama, writing, “Their main goal is to get us to hurt ourselves.”

Jeffree Star Tweet drama response

Tati Westbrook has also teased a potential statement about her “Bye Sister” video, uploading lyrics from singer Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘Dear Happy’ song, which included the lines, ‘I started thinking / I should open my mouth / Let the words out / Let the words out, yeah.”

Tati’s tweet is leaving fans on the edges of their seats as they await further information from a scandal that nearly destroyed James Charles’ career over a year ago.

Overwatch

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

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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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.”

Opinion from the female streamer that RJH was with from Competitiveoverwatch

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.