Cancel Culture Must be Cancelled

The recent drama in the beauty community of YouTube sparks national outcry and sheds light on the toxic culture of the media


Last week James Charles lost over 3 million subscribers over the course of only a few days. Fellow beauty guru, Tati Westbrook uploaded a 43 minute video ‘exposing’ the YouTuber which led to widespread “cancelling” of the influencer.

Tati’s YouTube video did more than just expose James’ disloyalty. In fact, most of the backlash the young celebrity is facing has nothing to do with the feud at all. In the video, Tati mentions that James’ often acts inappropriately in social situations.

According to Tati, and other sources seemingly confirming her allegations, Charles’ often tries to convince straight men to behave sexually with him.

The internet was quick to over exaggerate the claims and people were soon referring to Charles as a sexual predator.

With this recent news, James Charles was losing subscribers faster than ever before on the YouTube. The internet jumped on the bandwagon of hating the YouTuber, and some even went as far as participating in ‘viewing parties’ to watch James Charles subcount go down live.

Meanwhile, Tati and others who were quick to hate on the influencer such as beauty mogul, Jeffree Star, were gaining popularity by ‘exposing’ the creator.

Tai Westbrook’s sub count went up over 4 million, and her company ‘Halo Beauty’ has gained major publicity from the drama.

Other Youtubers, and even mainstream celebrities, unfollowed Charles on major platforms, and some even gave their input on the celebrity. The list contains large names such as, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Shawn Mendes, Emma Chamberlain, Miley Cyrus, and Katy Perry.

While most people in the Youtube community turned a cold shoulder to Charles, there were some that made videos defending the star.

On Wednesday, A popular drama channel Drama Alert put out a video titled “James Charles Cancelled on Hold!.” The host of the show, Keemstar, warned his viewers of hating the star on claims that were not confirmed to be true.

“There are so many lies about James Charles right now, and so many claims that are just completely bs for clout, and it’s turning James Charles not an actual victim. Where myself and many others can’t help but feel sorry for the boy.” says Keemstar.

The world’s most subscribed Youtuber, Pewdiepie, also gave his input. Infact, immediately after Tati’s post, he uploaded a video explaining why Tati is partially in the wrong.

“For a mother figure (Tati) to just completely drag this kid, no one has a problem with this? Over something that can be solved in private?” Pewdiepie negates.

This weekend James Charles finally responded to the hate and partially cleared up his name. In his video he posted “No More Lies”, Charles debunks a lot of claims that were ruining his name.

Charles gave receipts and evidence which prove that any claims of him acting as a “social predator” were either a completely fabricated or twisted version of the story. The celebrity did admit to being “forward” and “flirty” at times and takes responsibility for the reckless behavior, however he makes it clear that he has never done anything nonconsensual.

I am a 19-year-old virgin. I have never and will never use my fame, money, or my power to manipulate or get any sexual actions from a guy. That is disgusting. That is not me. The fact that Tati brought this up blows my mind,” said Charles.

James’ video also highlights the ways in which Tati Westbrook, and Jeffree star were deceitful and dishonest in their claims about him.  He even goes as far to show aggressive tweets he received from Jeffree. Jeffree star sent a text to Charles essentially threatening to ruin his life.

Now the tables have turned. James Charles is back up to 14.7 million subscribers, and Tati Westbrook is slowly losing subscribers as people realize she is partially responsible for the drama.

The whole situation showcases the internet’s love for drama, and their inability to properly weigh an argument before completely jumping on the bandwagon of hating someone. This stunt could have completely ruined James Charles career over what was mostly overblown claims, and lies.

The ‘cancel culture’ of YouTube needs to be cancelled. The number of people who unsubscribed to James Charles after the first video broke says something about the United States culture and mindset.

Even outside the YouTube world we are quick to hear half-truths about celebrities and political figures. Instead of looking for the truth in these situations we automatically develop an opinion on these people based solely of rumors.

This is a huge problem. In James Charles video he mentioned that he noticed the country moving toward the mindset of being guilty until proven innocent instead of the other way around.

We all have to remember that people are innocent until proven guilty, and when claims come out opinions should not develop until all the facts are presented.