A Jeffree Star Callout Led To A Mass Unearthing Of Racist YouTuber Posts

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Popular makeup YouTuber Gabriel Zamora unintentionally set off a verifiable shitstorm for several big-name beauty vloggers—including himself.

It all started earlier this month after Zamora tweeted a photo of himself with Laura Lee, Manny MUA, and Nikita Dragun alongside the caption, "Bitch is bitter because without him we’re doing better.” And though the tweet has since been deleted, according to BuzzFeed, Zamora confirmed in follow-up tweets that the comment was in reference to Jeffree Star who he called "a racist."

"Every time I was around him, he would constantly say racist things about black people but would validate it by saying, ‘I’ve had so much black dick I can’t be racist,'" Zamora responded to a fan who defended Star by referencing his vlog apology. "Once I realized it was REAL racism, I realized I couldn't be friends with him."

It didn't take long for Star's fans to come for Zamora and the rest of his MUA friends. Their retaliation? A thorough search through Zamora's, Lee's, Manny's, and Dragun's old posts—and what they found was horrific.

One tweet from Dragun from 2012 reads, "Imagine being black? I could never," while another said, "When you're so tan you look black." Others began bringing up Manny's recent comments about a young girl he believed has "autism." 

Star's fans also found some offensive tweets from 2012 on Zamora's account, one of which said, “N***a had nothing better to do than take pictures with MY #fake #glasses #freeloader #charliebrown." Since then, Zamora has released an almost 49-minute video in which he apologizes to his fans and Star. He also said that he would be severing ties with Manny, who he said has "always just been toxic." 

"A lot of the negativity around [me] and around [my] friends has been due to this one person," he said, per Teen Vogue. "There’s the same factor in all these negative situations around [my] life… and that’s Manny." 

But the member of Zamora's crew that got the most backlash? Lee, who posted a series of slurs and racist jokes to her Twitter, also in 2012. Amongst the comments are tweets like, "Tip for all black people if you pull ur pants up you can run from the police faster,” and, "How do you blindfold a Chinese person? Put floss over their eyes! #dumbgook.” In the wake of the unearthing of these tweets, unsurprisingly, Lee has seen her follower count take a nosedive and her sponsorships with various brands terminated. She has since also issued an apology video.

All of the aforementioned tweets have been deleted, according to BuzzFeed.

Star's response to this whole debacle? A tweet featuring a photo of himself smirking with the caption, "Imagine trying to bully me but you actually end your own career instead." 

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.