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Jeffree Star under fire for BLM comments in James Charles apology video

Published: 19/Jul/2020 11:36

by Calum Patterson

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After Jeffree Star posted his 10-minute apology video in the wake of his ongoing drama with fellow beauty YouTuber James Charles, he has received backlash for some of his comments, particularly around the BLM movement.

James Charles’ drama with Star dates back over a year, after a feud picked up involving himself, Tati Westbrook, Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson.

It was alleged by Tati that she had been fed rumors about Charles by Dawson and Star, resulting in the ensuing drama. Shane and Jeffree have now both apologized in separate videos, with the latter’s released on July 18.

Shane Dawson Jeffree Star makeup promo image
Shane Dawson, Twitter
Both Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson have been under fire for their role in the drama.

But, during the apology, Star made reference to Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and the murder of “black/trans” people in America.

This mention of the Black Lives Matter movement quickly drew the ire of social media users, who argued it was inappropriate to reference these issues in a video about a beauty YouTuber drama.

“Jeffree Star bringing up BLM and the injustices in the black/trans community in his video is the grossest form of manipulation and deflection I’ve ever seen,” wrote @AHumanPear in a now-viral tweet.

This was followed up by countless other Twitter users making similar complaints about Star’s apology video. Some also noted that Star had disabled comments on the video, meaning social media was the only place to share their criticism.

YouTuber D’Angelo Wallace accused Jeffree Star of ‘hijack-tivism’ for his inclusion of BLM issues in the video, saying it was used “as a distraction from his makeup YouTube drama.”

This wasn’t the only criticism leveled at the apology video either. Others also highlighted that Star had used a significant portion of the video to talk about his Jeffree Star Cosmetics products, as well as ‘posing’ for the thumbnail.

Fans are eagerly anticipating a response from James Charles himself, though it may not be forthcoming. The YouTuber, who recently hit 20 million subscribers, has been reluctant to address the reignited drama.

When paparazzi caught up with him in public, he refused to speak on either Shane Dawson or Jeffree Star, but did make comment about the negatives of “cancel culture.”

Meanwhile, it has reflected very poorly on Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson, who have both lost hundreds of thousands of subscribers on their channels.

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Bradley Martyn claims he’s being charged by California for opening gym

Published: 23/Oct/2020 12:13

by Daniel Cleary

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Fitness YouTuber Bradley Martyn has revealed that he is seemingly being charged with a misdemeanor by the State of California for keeping his popular Zoo Culture gym open after new restrictions were put in place.

Bradley Martyn is well known for his popular fitness-based uploads and challenge videos, amassing a following of over 2.6 million subscribers on YouTube, and is regularly featured in the NELK Boys’ vlogs as well.

The YouTuber often films his vlogs and collaborates with other stars at his gym ‘Zoo Culture’ in Los Angeles County but he is now seemingly facing charges for keeping it open amid their latest lockdown.

Bradley Martyn training in zoo culture gym
Bradley Martyn, YouTube
Bradley Martyn revealed that he was facing a misdemeanor for opening the Zoo Culture gym.

Despite previously staging protests against the major restrictions with NELK star SteveWillDoIt, Bradley Martyn revealed, on October 22, that his gym had now been targeted and shared a brief clip of a court summons on his social media.

The fitness star claimed that it was issued by the State of California and shared that he would have to appear at his local courthouse to answer for misdemeanor charges made against Zoo Culture.

“People of the state of California VS Zoo Culture welcome to 2020, where gyms being open is criminal in California,” he added, reacting to the Zoo Culture court summons, “[and] where mental and physical health is deemed non-essential,” he followed up, suggesting that facilities such as gyms should be considered an essential service, for improving the health of those who use them.

 

After asking his fans what they thought of the matter, Martyn received mixed feedback from his followers, as there were some critics claiming that he should’ve simply abided by the restrictions that were imposed.

While other fans were in agreeance with the YouTuber, he will still have to answer for the charges and argue his case in court, following his latest actions.

The document also revealed that his court date was scheduled for November 23, so it is likely that we will have to wait until after the legal proceedings have concluded before more information is released.