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Vlog Squad’s Jeff Wittek on his experience of James Charles hitting on him

Published: 16/May/2019 9:50 Updated: 16/May/2019 15:56

by Mike Kent


A prominent member of David Dobrik’s Vlog squad, Jeff Wittek, has spoken out about the James Charles situation after featuring in a number of compilation videos where the makeup guru hit on straight guys.

Tati Westbrook’s video on James Charles was released on May 10, and featured a number of accusations against the openly gay 19 year old, which included claims that he had attempted to manipulate straight men into having sex with him.

After Tati’s video went live, over a million people unsubscribed from James Charles’ channel in just over 24 hours and the media went into overdrive reporting about the allegations. Despite releasing an apology video, the numbers on James’ channel continued to plummet after losing a record breaking 2.7 million subs in five days. His video was also disliked into the top 10 disliked videos of all time.

Jeff Wittek is one of the newest members of David Dobrik’s ‘Vlog Squad’, a group of prominent YouTubers who feature in the highly popular 4 minute 20 second videos.

The New Jersey native is often referred to as the ‘best looking’ in the group and it appeared James Charles agreed with that when they met up for a number of video collaborations.

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During the making of those videos, James Charles was openly flirtatious towards Jeff, which prompted at the time a slew of comments that the two should date, despite Jeff stating that he was straight.

Following the scandal created due to Tati Westbrook’s video, Jeff Wittek has now spoken out about the situation on his podcast, The Skotcast, and has defended James over his involvement in the allegations.

“For a while it was annoying people saying ‘date James, date James’. I did a collaboration with James, and all the people at home they want to comment to say ‘date James’ and then something goes wrong with him and now everybody is saying I need to unfollow James. 

I don’t need to do shit, just like when I collaborated with him and he said some things that were a little flirty, and I was like ‘hey man not gay, let’s move on’. And then he was like ok, we’ll move on, let’s do a video and we talked about it in the video and that was the end of the story. So people saying that he was using his fame and power to manipulate people to have sex with him, if you just say no then it’s over with. What’s the big deal? Why is he having a big cancel party? I don’t get it.”

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Jeff, his co-host Todd and guest, Jason Nash, go on to discuss how people are quick to celebrate the downfall of a personality when someone goes wrong, comparing it to a TV show rather than someone’s real life.

At the time of writing the article, James Charles has lost over 2.7 million subscribers on YouTube, and since posting his explanation video on May 10, has remained radio silent across all social media.


How to watch the TikTok Room Awards: Nominees, results & more

Published: 28/Nov/2020 16:01

by Charlotte Colombo


Popular drama page TikTok Room delighted its 1.8 million followers this week when, on November 25, they announced on their Instagram that they would be hosting their very own awards show!

The post also announced that voting would be on Friday 27 November, with the awards then streaming tonight on Saturday 28 November.

Details surrounding what the award categories were was initially vague, with the account teasing more information throughout the week before opening the polls on Friday for fans to vote for some of their favorite TikTokers in various categories.

Despite the categories remaining unclear prior to voting being open, that didn’t stop some of TikTok’s biggest stars endorsing the awards and encouraging fans to vote for them.

Among other famous faces like Skai Jackson, Nessa Barrett, and Jacob Sartorius, Sway House star Bryce Hall endorsed the awards in a video, joking that he was probably nominated in the “most problematic” category, while Charli D’Amelio, who recently reached 100k followers on the TikTok, told her fans that “there is a special award show on Sunday” and encouraged them all to vote.

Although some fans found that there was difficulty submitting their votes – with TikTok Room explaining in an Instagram post that this was due to heavy traffic on the form- by the time the polls were closed, TikTok Room announced that over 500,000 votes were cast after teasing fans earlier that day with just how close some of the categories were.

What are the categories?

The TikTok Room awards consists of 28 categories in total, and are as follows:

  • Most active with fans
  • Best couple
  • Best makeup
  • Most positive
  • Best style (male)
  • Best style (female)
  • Best ship
  • Best dancer (male)
  • Best dancer (female)
  • Best fandom
  • Funniest TikToker/ collab
  • Best diss track
  • Least problematic (male)
  • Least problematic (female)
  • Best role model
  • Best group/duo
  • Kindest TikToker
  • Best dance creator
  • Best song
  • Most talented musician
  • Most achieved (male)
  • Most achieved (female)
  • Favourite TikToker/ Influencer (male)
  • Favourite TikToker/ Influencer (female)
  • Best clapbacks/ comebacks
  • Best YouTuber
  • Best hair
  • Best house

The running order of these categories is not yet clear.

When do the TikTok Room awards start?

While the awards themselves start at 8pm Eastern Standard Time, TikTok Room have announced that there will be a pre-show from 6pm Eastern Standard Time.

It isn’t quite certain how exactly the awards will be broadcast, although TikTok Room did confirm to a fan in the comments section that they would be posting the results on their Instagram page throughout the night.

So, to watch the awards, your best bet is to keep an eye on TikTok Room’s Instagram account!