On August 13th, the Morphe X Jeffree Star artistery eyeshadow palette launched, which is exactly two days before the release of Jackie Aina’s collaboration with Anastasia Beverly Hills for her own eyeshadow palette. To be very honest, I do not care for Jeffree Star, at all. Jackie, on the other hand, is one of my biggest inspirations and so I will not even try to be impartial in this discussion. However, I cannot help myself but be very curious as to why Jackie’s collab was so heavily criticized by many, people insinuating that she did not deserve it, and that ABH should have given this opportunity to another youtuber (*insert here a list of all the White beauty gurus on youtube.*) Once I recognized that pattern in people’s opinions, I then started wondering how come Jeffree Star’s collab didn’t receive such backlash and how come his empire is only getting bigger and bigger regardless of his shady past. Now the answer to that last question is pretty easy: not many people ever had an issue with his past, or perhaps… they ''forgave'' him.
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These past couple of weeks have been hectic for the beauty community on YouTube and Twitter alike. Between Tati Westbrook, James Charles, Jeffree Star, and countless others all speaking up about the issue at hand, it can get a bit overwhelming. It can be hard to keep track of whose side to be on, when there seems to be new information and receipts coming out every single day. I think that this situation is actively demonstrating the effects of cancel culture on our opinions and on how we treat those who have made mistakes, and that things are never as simple as they may seem.
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Disclaimer: I honestly do not care about YT beauty drama. I do not think that it is my right or responsibility to tell my fellow human beings who to support, or not with their time, no matter how I feel about said celebrity myself. Beauty products? Sure, I paid for it, and therefore have the right to have an opinion on a thing. Actual people though? I try to avoid it as much as possible. But there is a major aspect in this entire narrative, which is a major pet peeve. And unfortunately we cannot get to that without discussing the rest. So here it is.
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