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Shane Dawson Announces Exit From Beauty Community

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  • Shane Dawson issued a lengthy statement announcing his departure from the beauty community on Sunday after people accused him of orchestrating Dramageddon 2, the explosive feud between Tati Westbrook and James Charles that erupted last year. 
  • But outrage at Shane continued after his statement as people slammed him for standing by Jeffree Star, seeming to justify attacks on James Charles, and labeling the entire beauty community as drama obsessed.
  • Others also accused him of using the community for a cash grab with his Conspiracy makeup collection, pointing to the fact that a restock of the line was announced a day earlier.
  • Shane later said he was taking a break from Twitter for a few months and deleted all his statements.

Dramageddon 2 Recap 

It’s been more than a year since the feud between James Charles and Tati Westbrook captured global attention, but now, Shane Dawson has reignited conversations about the drama with a lengthy statement on social media.

To give a brief history of what brought us here, here’s a short recap of Dramageddon 2 and what’s happened since to help better understand Shane’s statement. 

Last year Tait Westbrook posted her infamous “Bye Sister” video announcing the end of her friendship with James Charles. She explained a lot of reasons for her decision, but one of the points people really latched onto was this claim that James used his power to go after and manipulate straight men. 

That quickly resulted in people throwing some serious accusations against him online, and it really picked up after Jeffree Star specifically called him a predator and a danger to society. Jeffree never ended up releasing any more details to back up his claims and James eventually tried to clear his name in his “No More Lies” response video. 

So everyone decided to end the drama there, after James lost around 3 million subscribers and was subjected to a lot of hate online that he’s admitted put him in a dark mental space. James has since bounced back from the massive subscriber drop and everyone has tried to move forward. 

As far as how Shane fits into this: when all this originally happened, he was filming a series with Jeffree Star about the beauty community and their makeup collaboration. At the time, it appeared as if he had a lot of first-hand knowledge about what was going on, siding with Tati. 

But after it all ended, it seems like only Shane and Jeffree remained tight. Tati, Shane, and Jeffree ended up unfollowing each other and Jeffree later admitted that he and Tati were no longer friends.

Tati has remained quiet about the drama and Shane walked away from the situation relatively unscathed. He did receive some backlash from people accusing him of click-baiting after including some of the drama in his series trailer, but not the series itself. He’s also faced some criticism for continuing to be friends with Jeffree Star despite this drama and Jeffree’s long history of racist and offensive incidents.

Kameron Lester Speaks Out 

Why are we talking about this now? Well, recently Jeffree Star has been hot water again because of more offensive things he’s said and done in the past. Along with that, in a recent video, an influencer named Kameron Lester announced that he was cutting ties with Jeffree and Shane.

Kameron talked about Jeffree’s brand giving him huge opportunities in the beauty space, but he eventually started feeling like he was used as a “token Black boy” and felt like their relationship was conditional. He also talked about Jeffree refusing his request that he make amends with the Black beauty community. 

On top of that, Kameron talked about knowing that tensions with James were brewing behind the scenes months before Tati’s video came out because of a call he overheard between Shane and Jeffree.

“I just remember Shane Dawson called, and he was going off about James Charles…just like cursing James out and I was just kind of taken back because I’ve never seen Shane Dawson like that and he was going in on James.”

Then three months later, the public drama went down and Kameron said he felt regretful for not warning James. So after hearing that, people began to accuse Shane of helping orchestrate the drama by encouraging Tati to release her video and fueling all the tension between them behind closed doors. 

Shane Leaves Beauty World 

By Sunday, Shane had finally had enough and posted a 4-page letter that laid out his “final thoughts” on the beauty world.

In it, he directly responded to some questions he’s received, essentially saying that he knew Tati was planning the video but did not orchestrate it or need it as drama for his series. Still, he said that he has huge regrets about how he could’ve helped everyone handle it all better. 

He talked about loving his experience working on his Conspiracy palette with Jeffree, saying it changed his life and taught him to stand up for himself.

However, as far as what he learned about the community, he said: “The beauty gurus who are ALWAYS involved in scandals are ALL THE FUCKING SAME. They are all attention seeking game playing egocentric narcissistic vengeful two faced ticking time bombs ready to explode and Im OVER it.”

He said they’re a talented group, but are on a side of the internet that enjoys “receipts” as a way to defend or expose someone. He added that he knows Jeffree is in that group but said, “he will always be family and I love him despite those characteristics.”

Shane said Jeffree is aware that he doesn’t agree with how he handles situations and Shane has told him that, nut he said he can’t take the drama anymore and is “out.”

Shane added that he’d never been involved in drama with another YouTuber before filming his beauty community series and did not plan Dramageddon 2. He said people come to him with problems like he’s a grandpa and he gets wrapped up in these situations when they involve someone he cares for.

That’s what he said happened with Tati. He said he believes a lot of what she said and added: “Do I think James is THE DEVIL? No. Do I think he was a young egocentric power hungry guru who needed to be served a slice of humble pie the side of the fucking Empire State Building? YES. Has he grown as a person since then? It really seems like it! And that’s AMAZING. I’m truly happy he’s realized how his ego was effecting others which he did address in his no more lies video.”

He also went on to make some jokes about how hard she “snapped” in her video and what an impact it had. Then, Shane explained that he doesn’t think Tati is a villain and said Jeffree didn’t orchestrate the drama either but did latch on because he was also frustrated by personal issues with James.

“Was Jeffree excited to see a competitor fall? Probably! He’s jeffree FUCKING star what do you expect?? I guess I missed the part where he got baptized and devoted his life to Christ.”

He did admit that Jeffree took it too far and called it one of the biggest regrets of his life. 

Shane ultimately said he’s sick of hearing about all this drama and people using his name in drama videos. He also said he regrets putting drama in the trailer. But in the end, he said that drama is going to continue in the community because people love it.

He said to not expect these gurus to maintain some moral high ground, asking who will be left to watch if we cancel them?

“You don’t go to a circus to watch the hay on the ground. You got to watch the over-the-top performers who just want to be liked and want to do whatever they can to get your attention.” 

Shane said he wanted people to stop pretending they were “above it all” and hit at “drama-free gurus” saying that even they participate in drama with some of the videos they create.

So, in the end, he said, enjoy the circus and unsubscribe from gurus you don’t like. Just don’t take the community as seriously as many did last year.

As for himself, he said he’s done with the beauty world. He said he’ll still watch beauty videos and play with makeup privately, but added: “I need to get back to why I started youtube back in 2005 and that was to make things that bring me joy (not drama) and to make movies one day.”

Public Response and Additional Statement 

Shane’s comments were then met with a flood of backlash for several different reasons. One of the main reasons was that people felt like he was trying to justify Tati and Jeffree going after James, who was 19 at the time. Many felt he was essentially saying that James got what he deserved. 

Others were upset with humor he used that made it seem like he was making light of the situation. Following some of those responses, Shane posted another statement, calling it his “last addition.”

In it, he said “Do I think it was ok for the internet to bully james? NO. Of course not. Not sure why some people would [take] that away from my post. I literally said it was “too far” and should “never happen again.”

He explained that he didn’t want to get into too many dark details in his original post but said “we all know collectively that the internet was too mean to James.”

He added, “Me saying he needed to be humbled isn’t mean it’s honest,” before explaining that the humbling should have happened off-camera. 

He also apologized for some humor he added in his original post when talking about Tati’s initial video, explaining that humor is how he deals with stuff. 

Shane Deletes Statements, Backlash Continues 

Shane then said he was leaving Twitter for a few months because it’s bad for his brain. Not too long after, he actually deleted all those statements, saying people could find it reposted somewhere else. “I don’t want this energy in my life or on my timeline. I’m too sensitive for this shit and I’m done.” 

Still, the backlash has poured in, with many angry at Shane for continuing to support Jeffree Star despite everything he’s done. Others noted that he often supports people constantly involved in drama, like Trisha Paytas and Tana Mongeau. 

Many were also angry at Shane for leaving the beauty world after he seemed to profit off it so much. A lot of people called his own beauty series and palette a cash grab, noting that he never even posted a YouTube tutorial with the palette. 

Others noted that the statements about leaving also came a day after he announced that he restocked his conspiracy collection with Jeffree Star Cosmetics and presumably made a ton of new sales. 

On top of that, some were frustrated that he labeled the whole community as drama obsessed, including beauty YouTube Samantha Ravndahl who said, “If you genuinely still believe that the entirety of the beauty community is constant, toxic drama, then I can assure you that you are watching the wrong people.”

That’s where this story ends for now. No other creator involved has addressed Shane’s statement and Shane has been silent on social media since. As of Monday morning, people have starting to dig up some of Shane’s old controversies as they continue to slam him online. 

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Twitch Shares Its First-Ever Transparency Report, but Critics Want More Accountability

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  • Twitch released its first-ever Transparency Report on Tuesday in a continued effort to address toxic and harmful behavior on the platform.
  • While Twitch listed several statistics detailing how it’s taken action, many still accused the platform of ignoring user complaints.
  • The Anti-Defamation League also argued that Twitch’s report lacked additional vital data, including a list of the specific communities being targeted by hate speech on the streaming site.
  • The complaints against Twitch’s transparency culminated when a staff member directly told users that the platform would not be addressing why Dr Disrespect, a popular streamer, was permanently banned in June 2020.

Twitch’s Transparency Report

Twitch released its first-ever transparency report on Tuesday as part of a continued attempt to reduce hateful conduct, sexual harassment, violence, gore, nudity, and even terrorist propaganda on the platform.

In the report, Twitch notes that over the past year, it’s “made a 4X increase in the number of content moderation professionals available to respond to user reports.” In other words, Twitch is saying that it’s now much more likely users’ reports will be processed soon after being filed. 

Despite this, Twitch stopped short of saying how many moderators it actually employs.

In another statistic, Twitch said at least 92% of live content viewed on the platform last year “occurred in channels with chat that was moderated either by active moderators, or AutoMod, or both.”

Source: Twitch

Throughout the report, Twitch continues to list similar stats, including that the total number of enforcement actions on the platform rose 41% between the first and second half of the year.

Calls for More Accountability

Reaction to the data set has been mixed. While WIRED described the report “as a victory lap for [Twitch’s] recent moderation efforts,” the platform is still being plagued by criticism that it failed to ever take action against some user complaints.  

“I had [a] person send me repeated death threats and threats of violence,” one person tweeted. “I reported it to you several times providing screen shots and you took literally 0 action. If you are going to flex about keep people safe you might want to actually do something instead of whatever this is.”

Likewise, the Anti-Defamation League noted that Twitch’s report contains no information on specific communities being targeted by hate on the platform. 

As Nathan Grayson, a writer for Kotaku, noted, “The report contains a handful of other, similar data sets, most of which paint Twitch in a favorable light. Certainly, they’re a useful measure of Twitch’s growth in these areas… The problem with these kinds of reports, however, is that they have a way of appearing to say a lot while revealing very little.”

“Twitch has offered numbers and a small amount of context, but streamers and viewers remain in the dark on major issues that came to light last year,” Grayson continued.

Part of that involves last year’s permanent ban against Dr Disrespect, who was booted off Twitch in June after years of streaming and even a multi-year deal with the platform. To this day, it’s still unclear exactly what precipitated the ban. 

It also looks like (at least for now) it’s going to stay that way.

That’s because during Twitch’s Transparency Report Breakdown, one user popped into the chat and asked, “Any Dr. Disrespect news??”

Instead of Twitch ignoring the comment, a staff member flat out said, “no.”

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James Charles Denies Grooming Allegations

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  • Over the weekend, a 16-year-old who goes by Isaiyah accused 21-year-old YouTuber James Charles of grooming him.
  • Isaiyah shared censored versions of nude photos James allegedly sent him as well as Snapchat messages showing the YouTuber allegedly asking for explicit photos. 
  • James denied the accusations, saying Isaiyah initiated contact with him, sent lewd photos first, and told him he was 18. James also claimed that once he learned Isaiyah was 16, he stopped contact, though Isaiyah insists this is not the case.
  • Since then, two more people have come forward with their own stories detailing situations where they felt James acted inappropriately with them.

James Charles Accused of Grooming

James Charles is denying grooming allegations after a 16-year-old posted videos accusing the YouTuber of sending and asking for explicit photos. 

The accuser, who goes by Isaiyah, shared his allegations in videos on both Twitter and TikTok last week. On the latter platform, he has over 260,000 followers.

Isaiyah claims that he and James began talking on Snapchat on February 17, and he hoped the conversation would give him a chance to interact with an influencer he looked up to. However, Isaiah says James ended up making their conversation sexual. 

He shared photos of their interactions, including one snap where James is allegedly asking for Isaiyah to send videos taken in the shower. In another, James appears to mention Isaiyah’s genitals and says, “I bet you can make me finish just by flexing and showing off your hair.”

Isaiyah also shared censored nude and partially nude images that James allegedly sent, which he says prompted him to tell the YouTuber he is only 16.

“I was getting really uncomfortable so I told him my age and I told him I was 16 and meanwhile, he’s 21, he’s a grown man,” Isaiyah said in the video. “And then he proceeds to say, ‘oh but I didn’t get to see the….yet’ meaning my body. And after telling him no, like I’m not going to send it to you, like, he kept asking for videos and pictures of body hair and me flexing and stuff.” 

Even after this, Isaiyah claims James still asked to FaceTime with him. He ultimately said the interaction left him seeing James in a new way. 

“I’ve heard multiple stories about him doing this to people but you never believe it until it happens to you,” Isaiyah said. “So now, I’m a big believer of what James Charles does to other people.” 

Both TikTok and Twitter have since removed the videos detailing these accusations, according to Insider. 

James Charles Denies Allegations

On Friday, James took to Twitter to tell his side of the story. He called the grooming accusations “completely false.” He then said he found Isaiyah on Instagram’s explore page.

He said he noticed that Isaiyah followed him, so he decided to add him on Snapchat. James also claims he woke up to multiple messages from Isaiyah saying how excited he was to speak to him, as well as lewd photos from him.

“I asked how old he was right away and he told me he was 18 so I started flirting back,” James continued, adding that he never saw ID to verify his age. 

It’s now clear, based on the video he uploaded, he was taking photos of me with another device, and had an ulterior motive from the beginning,” he continued.

“Later in the day, he said a few things that made me question the validity of his original age answer and when I asked him to confirm his age once again, he admitted he was 16.”

“I told him I was really uncomfortable and apologized for flirting, but he insisted on continuing talking, saying it could be our little secret, he’s a fan of mine and would never tell anyone,” the post continued. “I told him I wasn’t okay with this, he started getting upset, and at this point I unfriended him. We haven’t spoken since.”

James wrote that he was not trying to victim blame or make himself out as the victim, but instead wanted to share his story because he has dealt with accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior in the past. Moving forward, he stressed that he will ask people for their ID or passports to verify their age before speaking with them. 

Isaiyah shot back at James’ statement and insisted the popular influencer was well aware of his age. 

“James we both know I blocked you, you never asked for my age. After I told you I was 16 you proceeded to ask me for nudes and said it didn’t matter,” he wrote. “You called me hot and said ‘I wish the timeline could speed up so you can be 18.’”

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“If you’re gonna text someone, make sure you know their age,” he added in another tweet. “He added me on insta, my insta has my tik tok which shows me age.”

In another post, he said he would be contacting the police about the situation. 

More People Speak Out

At least two more people have since come forward with their own stories about James over the weekend. One said on Twitter that they told James they were 17-years-old, but the YouTuber still flirted with them on social media.

They said nothing sexual happened; however, it still felt weird, making them feel compelled to share the story as others were speaking out. Those tweets have since been deleted. 

Another person, who goes by LifeOfUzzy on Twitter, said they had a “disgusting” experience with James. In a lengthy Twitter thread, he shared screenshots of their messages and a video his brother recorded of him opening a Snapchat from James as proof of their interactions. He claims that things started out fine but took a turn when James began flirting.

“We started talking for a little and he was actually A VERY NICE person the first few days. He told me he wasn’t looking for anything until he started calling me ‘daddy’ and ‘babe,’ LifeOfUzzy wrote.

He then shared a video of James allegedly spamming him, asking to do a video call, and apparently asking him to do “disgusting things.”

LifeOfUzzy wrote that after James allegedly used him for “sexual pleasure,” he sent James a message ending things and asking him to delete the pictures he screenshotted. 

LifeOfUzzy explained more details in a series of TikToks and a YouTube video, claiming he was just looking to get to know James, but that James clearly had no interest in this and was asking him for specific and explicit pictures. He said James stopped talking to him after declined. 

James has not responded to these two newer allegations yet. 

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Former Member of David Dobrik’s Vlog Squad Says He Was Sexually Assaulted by Jason Nash on Video

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  • Former Vlog Squad member Seth Francois says he was sexually assaulted in a 2017 prank that YouTubers David Dobrik and Jason Nash pulled on him.
  • Francois agreed to be in a video where he would make out with fellow Vlog Squad member Corinna Kopf while she was disguised as an old man. However, the costumed person he actually kissed was 45-year-old Nash.
  • In 2018, Dobrik pulled a nearly identical prank on Francois again, despite Francois repeatedly stating he was not okay with what happened.
  • Francois says he is not trying to “cancel” anyone but his attempts to resolve the matter behind closed doors with Dobrik have not been successful, so he felt he had to tell his story publicly. 

Seth Francois Calls Kissing Prank Sexual Assault

Former Vlog Squad member Seth Francois says he was sexually assaulted in a prank that massive YouTuber David Dobrik pulled on him with fellow creator Jason Nash. 

Francois first told his story to Ethan and Hila Klein on the H3 Podcast on Feb. 12. The prank in question happened in 2017. At the time, Dobrik asked Francois if he wanted to be in a video where he made out with Corinna Kopf while she was disguised as an old man. Francois agreed, but when he kissed the costumed person, Kopf was not the one behind the mask. Instead, it was 45-year-old Nash. 

“I was touched by someone I did not consent to,” Francois said on the podcast. 

He told BuzzFeed News that it felt wrong when it happened, but as more time passed, he began to feel even worse. He decided to call a sexual assault hotline to talk about and processs the situation. 

“They said, ‘I’m sorry you were sexually assaulted.’ And I broke down,” Francois told the outlet. “I called my mother and some of my close friends and I said, ‘I can’t believe that happened to me.'”

Francois said Dobrik asked if they could make a similar video again, but Francois refused, explaining he did not like the prank and did not want to have to go through that again. Still, in 2018 Dobrik ended up pulling a nearly identical stunt. 

The second time, Dobrik told Francois that they were making a commercial for Jack Link’s Jerky, which Francois was thrilled about. When Francois got to the set, there were people in gorilla costumes, and he was instructed to make out with one. When that person took their mask off, it was Nash again. 

Francois said this incident ultimately led to him moving out of Los Angeles.

Jack Link’s Jerky has since tweeted that they were not involved in the stunt and do not condone any non-consensual conduct that occurred. 

Other Allegations Against Dobrik and The Vlog Squad

On top of all this, Francois said that during his time in the Vlog Squad, he was pressured to participate in racist jokes that played into stereotypes about Black people. He felt he could not say no to these bits.

“It was an unwritten thing where you see a pattern of people saying, ‘Yo, I’m uncomfortable with this,’ and all of a sudden they disappear and they’re not in videos anymore,” he explained on the H3 Podcast. 

These are just the latest in a series of accusations former Vlog Squad members have made about Dobrik, Nash, and group’s general culture. Nik Keswani, known to fans as Big Nik, explained to H3 that the group was “toxic” and like a cult. Keswani said that he was bullied and felt forced to make jokes about his own size, which led to other people thinking they could make fun of him in cruel ways. 

YouTuber Trisha Paytas has also accused Dobrik and Nash of inappropriate behavior on multiple occasions. Both she and Francois also say they have heard rumors about Nash assaulting other people or sleeping with minors. In some cases, Paytas says victims have contacted her directly about it. 

Dobrik has not commented on the sexual assault allegations brought up by Francois, but over the summer he did issue a general apology for offensive content he had posed in his past. 

“I want them to have a positive experience when they interact with anything I produce,” he said on his podcast, “Views.”

“And with that being said, I feel like on a handful of occasions I just missed the mark on that, and that really bums me out.”

Why Francois Is Speaking Out

For a long time, Dobrik has been a top creator on YouTube. He is known for his Tesla giveaways and was dubbed Gen Z’s Jimmy Fallon by The Wall Street Journal. Francois said he felt the need to speak out because he fears Dobrik is not remorseful and is unaware of the harm he has caused. 

“If [Dobrik and Nash] don’t know what’s wrong and they don’t understand that what they did was wrong, it makes me feel like that could still happen. Or maybe it has happened to other people who are afraid of speaking up,” he told BuzzFeed

Francois said that he has asked for the videos to be removed, but Dobrik tried to offer him cash to keep them up. Dobrik eventually unlisted both prank videos and later privated the second one.

Francois has since tried to resolve the matter privately but has not gotten a response from Dobrik. He told Insider that his goal in speaking up is not to “cancel” anyone, though he felt he had no option but to make the matter public. He is now also considering legal action, which is a path he initially did not want to go down.

“People were saying I’ve betrayed David, but I feel like he betrayed me,” he told the outlet. “I was very hurt and even right now talking about it, it really makes you want to cry.”

“They profited off causing me a lot of mental trauma, which is something that really hurts to know,” he continued. 

Now, people are calling for Dobrik to respond to the allegations. Many are starting to see his content in a new light and believe he should issue an apology. 

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