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PewDiePie destroys James Charles’ apology video to Tati

Published: 17/May/2019 18:34 Updated: 18/May/2019 2:22

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg is no stranger to controversy, and has made several apology videos following his scandals throughout the years – and now, he’s using his experience to dissect the apology video of beauty guru James Charles.

Charles uploaded a teary, eight-minute-long apology video on May 10, following Tati Westbrook’s 43-minute-long “Bye Sister” video that exposed Charles for allegedly using his fame to “manipulate” the sexuality of straight men and promoting a product from her direct competitor.

Many fans weren’t impressed with Charles’ apology on the topic, and his video has since become one of the most disliked uploads on YouTube of all time – prompting PewDiePie to step in and pinpoint exactly where Charles went wrong.

Kjellberg called Charles’ video a “trainwreck,” noting that the beauty guru didn’t explain much of the controversy currently surrounding him and spoke incredibly slowly throughout the duration of his message, also taking issue with Charles claiming that he would “make more mistakes” in the future before making visible efforts to improve.

“…this video did nothing,” PewDiePie said of Charles’ apology. “…I don’t know how James is going to come back from this. I think this actually could be the end, I don’t know.”

This wouldn’t be the first time PewDiePie has spoken out on the drama between Tati and Charles, either; in fact, Kjellberg appeared to pin the blame on Tati once the drama went live, claiming that he “had a lot of problems” with her statements in a Tweet before making his own video on the subject.

PewDiePie “couldn’t imagine” why Tati addressed her beef with Charles in such a public manner, rather than hashing it out between the two of them – and even felt she was using their feud to advertise her own vitamin brand, Halo.

“I can’t imagine making a video just publicly dragging someone instead of talking to them,” PewDiePie said of Tati’s video. “…“What has that to do with Tati’s brand? This is an ad.”

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Tati has since released a second video on the issue, begging fans to stop dragging Charles with offensive memes and language, claiming that she’d made her initial statement as a “last-ditch effort” to reach Charles, as he was “unreachable.”

Tati’s spiel about Charles saw a massive drop in subscribers for the young YouTuber, costing him nearly three million subs – while Tati herself has risen to over 10 million subscribers in the aftermath of the drama.

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Lil Boom accuses Pokimane of stealing TikTok song: “She manipulated me”

Published: 4/Dec/2020 18:52 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 19:19

by Alice Hearing

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Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has been accused of stealing music and a TikTok dance for her Fortnite emote by artist Lil Boom who described the Twitch streamer as “manipulative” and “disrespectful,” speaking exclusively to Dexerto.

Pokimane is the most popular female streamer on Twitch, and is a juggernaut on social media, boasting millions of subscribers across her YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

In January of this year, Pokimane revealed a custom-made emote for Fortnite featuring a set of moves and music similar to a viral TikTok dance using the song “Already Dead” by rapper Lil Boom, which now features in 1.4 million videos on the app.

TikToker YungNibb came up with a dance that was subsequently used by many of the app’s biggest creators including Addison Rae and Avani Gregg, both of which credited the original creator of the dance.

Avani and Addison weren’t the only huge creators excited by the adorable trend. Fans were ecstatic when streamer Pokimane herself joined TikTok at the end of 2019 and her most popular post to date with 18 million views is her dance to Already Dead.

@pokiso many of my friends dared me to do this.. >_&lt hope y’all enjoy – uwu challenge – ☺️♬ Already Dead – Lil Boom

In the video, Pokimane doesn’t give credit to YungNibb, but comments saying “I know it’s not identical to the original, I wanted to add my own twist to it with different poses,” which would later become the dance featured in the Fortnite emote.

Artist Lil Boom, the original creator of the Already Dead song, has now accused Pokimane of stealing the song and dance and claiming them as her own for profit. Months after the emote was born, he has decided to air his grievances with the streamer publicly, his decision stemming from Pokimane’s recent Discord controversy which he says gave him “PTSD.”

What has Pokimane been accused of?

Lil Boom has made some serious accusations regarding stolen creative content from a person of color, manipulation, and lying. OfflineTV has also since responded.

Lil Boom says that he and YungNibb were not given credit where it was due for their part in influencing Pokimane’s emote music and dance, telling Dexerto, “I personally felt as if she took the hype from the dance challenge to my song Already Dead to capitalize and profit by making her own version and selling it to Epic/Fortnite.”

Screenshots of conversations with Pokimane show that she claims the song and dance are original and only influenced by the TikTok trend, but that she offered to tag them in comments. While accepting the credit given, Lil Boom and YungNibb felt that it was not enough.

Pokimane messages to Lil Boom
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Pokimane told Lil Boom she was influenced by the TikTok trend

Lil Boom tweeted that he felt manipulated and lied to by Pokimane. He said: “Pokimane has manipulative tactics, She stole my whole song and dance and manipulated me into shutting up…I reached out to them to try and tell my story and was literally ignored about her manipulating and just got belittled.”

The musician also told Dexerto that he asked Pokimane for royalties from the money she earned using the song and dance, but was instead offered a “measly $500.”

Lil Boom reaches out to OfflineTV

In recent days, the creator has reached out to OfflineTV member Brodin Plett with the problems above, while also expressing that he was upset Pokimane was a “non-POC stealing from a POC.”

Plett responded to Lil Boom saying that Pokimane is also POC: “she is 85% North African and was born in Morocco.” However, he told Dexerto these comments were taken out of context and a “misunderstanding.”

Brodin Plett Lil Boom Pokimane drama
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Brodin responded to Lil Boom claiming Pokimane is also POC

In response to this, Lil Boom tweeted, “She doesn’t face anything I face every day when I wake up, she isn’t being stereotyped…she has a whole while privilege, @offlinetv f*** you for even trying to say we live the same life because she happened to be born in Africa.”

Both Pokimane and Brodin have since claimed that they assumed Lil Boom’s original message was a troll, and that Brodin’s response was “a joke.” Brodin himself informed Dexerto that “We’ve both apologized to each other and I apologized for assuming it was a troll message,” and that the matters had been ‘”resolved.”

However, Boom has since told Dexerto “I have not resolved anything with Brodin,” and maintains that he continues to be manipulated and lied to by both the streamer and OfflineTV.