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James Charles, From ‘CoverBoy’ to Canceled: Is he really canceled?
Summary of the article
Valeriya Safronova is a reporter for the Style section in The New York Times, and she had written many articles. On May 14, 2019 she wrote an article titled “James Charles, From ‘CoverBoy’ to Canceled” published in The New York Times where she explained the conflict happened between YouTuber that once bestfriend.
Some YouTubers have a strong bond with the other YouTuber and they would like to hang out in real life.
The same situation happened between these YouTubers named James Charles (19) and Tati Westbrook (37), regardless their age gap, they were really close to each other.
A few years later, he became an internet sensation in the beauty world that has 16 million YouTube subscribers before losing three million subscribers because of Tati’s video on Youtube on May 10th, 2019 titled “Bye Sister” where she addressed the explanation of why she cried over James promoted the vitamin product and how James tried to trick a straight man into thinking he’s gay.
Another beauty influencer, Jeffree Star had stepped to attack James Charles by calling him dangerous to society. On Tuesday, Jeffree shut down the website that sells James’ branded merchandise, Sisters Apparel (Mr. Star is an owner of Killer Merch, a company that designs, manufactures, and ships merchandise for brands, including Sisters Apparel).
Flashing back to 2017, James once jump into a storm of controversy after he tweeted, “I can’t believe we’re going to Africa today omg what if we get Ebola?” He followed the tweet with a Notes app apology in which he referred to Africa as a country.
Reaction to the article
It’s true that there’s no such straight man as stated by James. Ritch C Savin-Williams, a psychologist claimed that it is better to define straight men as ‘mostly straight’ men on his study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
He said that a man does have some sexual attraction to guys, but they would never say it. The study looked into the volunteers’ psychological response to the sexual content with different preferred sex orientation. This proved that there’s no straight man and that every man is a little gay.
I think Tati’s idea of uploading the video is nonsense. In the video, Tati talked about James’ behavior that she shouldn’t have. She said that she’s like a mother figure to James since he loved to ask for life advice, but then she dragged him publicly using what James had said to her.
All her words sound more and more nonsense when the reason she made the video is to stop him using all of his fame and money for his pleasure because if you think about it, for a 37-year-old woman, this step seemed like a bad idea while she could talk to him privately and without ruining James’ career.
Lastly, this article is biased to one side. Safronova didn’t write any paragraph from James’ side to convince the readers to look at both sides. She mostly wrote the explanation from Tati and Jeffree’s side. It’s dangerous that nowadays, people tend to take something for granted where they read a piece of news and only use that information without further reading.
In the end, people will attack that person with what they know and turned out to become defamation because they don’t know the truth from that person’s side. It is better to write an opinion including both sides’ truth, therefore, people will think equal without judge the other side.
In conclusion, I wouldn’t recommend this article to persons who don’t know the whole truth and the whole story because the article itself didn’t clearly state the truth from James’ side, therefore, the readers will be biased to Tati because the truth is James is not the only one to cancel.