Sonntag, 12. Juli 2020

Why Jeffree Star should not be cancelled

I care for where I shop and whom I buy from. And since I buy from Jeffree Star who is currently one of the main targets of a Cancelgeddon mob on Social Media, I want to speak up for him though I do not know him personally and he does not even know that I exist. (opinion*, ad because of brandname mentioning, not asked for, not paid for, I bought all my Jeffree Star products with my own money) (as last amended on 29 July 2020)

This is not the line of Jeffree Star's enviers and enemies. It is me in line at the BeautyBay Online-Shop, one of the retail partners of Jeffree Star Cosmetics (JSC), ready to buy the Blood Lust Artistry Palette. For me not only the quality of an eyeshadow palette counts but also the person or company behind a brand. I find Jeffree Star and his products, which are vegan and cruelty-free, are worth the wait and the money.

I do not agree with everything Jeffree Star did in his past or does today but he has apologized over and over again and tries to move on with becoming a better person and to make his dreams (and those of other people) come true. Imho it is not fair how he is treated these days, and I do not approve how the media follows the narrative of the cancel culture mob. Has Jeffree Star made mistakes in his life? Yes. But what the haters spread are often twisted narratives or is not true at all and most of it is from years ago and what he has apologized for several times. It is so sad to see people just copying what someone seeded without actually knowing anything about the targeted person and not even doing some research whether what they repeat is true at all or what the story around that was at that time.

I think Jeffree Star is a good person with a good heart. He is not a saint though.

Actually, I do not believe Jeffree Star ever was a racist, he may have used terrible swearwords to snap back when he felt attacked, and he often was attacked as f*g. He used a confederate flag, swastikas in pink (!) and him in makeup as well as the word "lipstick N*zi" in a kind of parodistic art project/performance at a young age (like others used "soup N*zi" at that time in a Seinfeld TV show). It was meant to provoke and to get attention, since we know, real N*zis put non-hetero people in concentration camps. N*zis would not promote black owned brands, would not get all emotionally upset because of black people being murdered by police officers, would not speak out in favour of BLM nor give money to black owned business rebuilding after protests. Imho and from what I researched, he did not have a racist attitude, nor did he behave as if he did.

Actually, in the campaigns for Jeffree Star Cosmetics people of color (POC) were always included, e.g., see this video from 2016.

There were so many more tweets and retweets, IG stories etc. about George Floyd, the protests, Breonna Taylor, some with links to petitions or information about probono lawyers for arrested protesters or information for allys etc.

There are many actual racists in this world who are really dangerous: they think they are superior to others because of the tone of their skin and they behave like that, they try to destroy democracy and are all for a racist system, they do everything to keep their privileges. (Sadly, on the opposite side of the spectrum sometimes can be people who paint someone as a bogeyman who does not deserve this to keep their power over their supporters).

Jeffree has helped so many people, given hope and brought comfort, given money to people in need, helped people to survive their hard everyday life by bringing creativity to it and by entertaining them daily (what is so missed these days when obviously he felt he had to withdraw from the public for business sake and probably for his own mental health because how much hate can a person take).

And he always gave others, smaller creators of all backgrounds, opportunities to shine in front of his millions of subscribers.

In regards to Jeffree not addressing the current drama publicly: He is a business owner who has to protect his business - with a business not only comes money and a lot of work, it also comes with responsibility for other peoples'/families' income/life. And I assume that he does not address the current drama/Cancelgeddon/Karmageddon publicly not only because he said so last year when Dramageddon 2.0 took place, originally started by Tati Westbrook (since her videos are not online anymore: Rich Lux about Tati's Bye Sister, Monsters & Critics on Tati's second video Why I did itAsiaone on the situation), but probably also because of his lawyers' advice.


I hope he has good online and offline investigators and lawyers that will hold the people accountable for what they are doing and already did to him and his business because this to me is not right (obviously under the pressure of the Cancelgeddon army and of some known enemies of Jeffree Star Morphe ended the business collaboration with him, actually right after a restock and right before the summer collection was to come out and probably all had to be pre-financed with a lot of money - and tied-up capital is expensive, this is why I do not believe that the point in time for this smear campaign was chosen randomly. BTW, Jeffree had only recently accepted a Morphe code and only to give that money away to charity!).

Why did Jeffree Star get involved in drama?

On a personal level I see a pattern: when Jeffree Star speaks up agitated, like when he attacked James Charles during Dramageddon 2.0, imho he did so because he thought he spoke for the alleged victims some of whom had made statements publicly (aexotiic's summary of incidentsSam Cooke's ISam Cooke's II, Gage), others obviously had contacted Jeffree and/or were part of his inner circle anyways. In my opinion, Jeffree wanted to help the alleged victims and to stop what he thought was going on. But when it came to show the proofs in public (or in an older case in a court room) it was the victims' time to speak for themselves, Jeffree's hearsay cannot help them. Obviously they did not speak up (anymore) for whatever reasons and others imho made him not to show what they had texted or voicemailed him before because they were afraid of the public attention and that the subject would stick to them forever (assumptions of mine). For fairness reasons: James Charles' side at that time. One more puzzle of the picture: Without a Chrystal Ball talks about her experienc with the Tati Westbrook side of things.

Regarding Dramageddon 2.0
I guess we will never know what really happened before, during and after Dramageddon 2.0 behind the scenes, who manipulated whom for what reasons (if there was a manipulation at all or just tittle-tattle and a promise to support Tati because her fandom was rather small at that time compared to James'). Obviously we will also never know what the truth of the alleged victims really is since all of them are quiet now (for whatever reason).
I remember Jeffree and James seeming to be friends, e.g., Jeffree went with James when he bought his first car! At that time I found James was using Jeffree for the clout and business advices and unfollowed him way before Dramageddon 2.0 happened. But I have to admit that to collab and create win-win-situations and learn from each other is a normal thing to do in many businesses.
Tati in her video "Bye Sister" stretched how much she had cared about James Charles, like a second mother, had even attacked his real mother verbally. So why, as a grown woman, did she not suggest to come together as a group of friends in private and have a private intervention with James Charles? I mean how could Tati, 37 years old, or anyone who knew about her planning a video even think that a public video could in any way be helpful to James Charles or the alleged victims - whatever the truth was? It is a mess.

So last year Jeffree decided to not involve himself in drama of others ever again and people called him a liar then for not showing receipts, claimed he had none. But imho he did not out the alleged victims which was the right thing to do in my opinion. After it now came out, that he actually had receipts, he is called a manipulator and a blackmailer for not having shown them and not showing them now to the curious public. I think that he is and was right: only the alleged victims should out themselves and take measures if they want to, when they are ready to! In Keem's podcast with Jeffree this year, Jeffree offered James Charles to show him what he had in a private meeting, so he might understand what agitated Jeffree to call him out during Dramageddon 2.0. But obviously James was not interested afawk or had other reasons. So everyone not personally involved should accept this as an end of Dramageddon 2.0. imho.


Jeffree using his power for good purposes

Jeffree often has used his voice for others, he called brands out for not being inclusive with their shade range discriminating people of colour. BTW, in the description of the following video from 2018 he had a link to Beauty Bakerie, a black owned brand, at that time quite small yet. And it was Jeffree Star who stood up for Beauty Bakerie very loudly when her design concept was stolen by a big brand.

Jeffree Star often used and recommended other brands, often from POC, already years ago before everyone woke up and painted BLM on their homepages and ads.
Here Jeffree Star introduces Fenty Beauty by Rihanna to his audience (YouTube Video from 2017).

In the following video he checks out makeup from Juvia's place, another black owned brand, buying tons of their products for his review with his own money at Ulta.

He released his own Magic Star Concealer line 2019 with 30 shades in different undertones for all skin colours from light to dark plus color correctors for red spots or dark undereye areas (see here at Beautylish).

Cancelgeddon, Karmageddon 

From my personal point of view: what the Internet mob working on cancelling Jeffree Star is spreading these days about him imho is not some opinions, it is a defamation campaign. This campaign was allegedly prepared by sending information out to the drama channels beforehand to get everyone's attention, before Tati loaded her latest YouTube video up (the one that twists her own story from last year). It started a wave of hate towards Jeffree Star. People with the intention to harm him flooded his platforms, they were there before anybody else. Some of this Cancelgeddon army even said they want to "bring him down" in a way he cannot ever recover from, others said that they don't want him on the Internet, some even said he should go and kill himself. Imho that should be sued, at least the people who started this and/or hold the strings of the puppets demanding everybody to stop supporting him, to stop working for him and to not buy from him anymore, calling Jeffree names, repeating twisted narratives and spreading lies (e.g,, that he never supported the Black Lives Matter movement which is not true - just check his Twitter timeline from May 29 and following (on IG it was even earlier).

Many of the owners of the accounts flooding Twitter and Instagram with hate and negativity towards Jeffree Star, his employees, business partners and customers seem to be very young and do not know him for a long time - if at all. Some of these cancel culture people even confuse whom they are to blame with what wrongdoing, so Jeffree is made the culprit for things actually Shane or James Charles are or were accused of in their past.

Is this Cancelgeddon really just a huge shitstorm that randomly happened?

It could all be about money ... my conspiracy

To me (my conspiracy theory) this bullying mob might be brainwashed by people who have their own agenda and reasons why they want to harm Jeffree Star and his businesses.

Makeup sales stimulated on Social Media platforms by brand owners, makeup artists, other reviewers etc. is a multi billion dollar business. Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson have had two unbelievable successful years (2018 and 2019) gaining subscribers and views (with a lot of engagement) on Social Media, and thus Jeffree Star Cosmetics and Killer Merch were able to sell huge amounts of makeup products and merch in the USA and internationally including the products from the Shane x Jeffree collab. There are old and new companies who are not happy about the powerful competitor and trade rival that Jeffree Star Cosmetics has become and they also do not like how much weight Jeffree Star's approval or disapproval among makeup consumers has, when he reviews their products on his YouTube channel. He is trusted by his subscribers and viewers because he is not payed by makeup companies for reviews contrary to most "normal" influencers who do brand deals or get a commision when their code is used to buy the product. Jeffree did afaik only two collabs with makeup brands and he gave his code money from his Morphe code and the profit he earned with the Jouer collab to charity.

Some influencers and brand owners think, their target group should listen to them on their channels, should shop with them (using their codes) or buy their products and not with or from a white guy, not with or from a non-heterosexual person, not with or from a non-conform beautiful unicorn that Jeffree is. They want to be the gatekeepers of a targeted circle of customers (may it be a particular age range, persons of a certain gender, people of their skin color, of a certain sexual orientation, or whatever (is trending)). For this reason they bring up old accusations and stir the pot over and over again.

Other influencers imho support the narrative of his enemies to distract from their own failures and wrongdoing and to gain clout with that (that applies also to some media).

Some of the influencers, makeup artists, models etc. joined his enemies because they were not able to turn the opportunities he had given them into a longlasting success. They were dissapointed that Jeffree Star did not carry them right to the gold pot on his arms. Instead of realizing that they should work on being more exiting and outstanding, be less in self-pity and just show some more perseverance they now blame Jeffree. Publicly stating something that contains the name Jeffree Star and something negative in the headline guarantees attention and the support of Jeffree's above-mentioned competitors and enemies.

And some people want revenge because they did not get what they wanted from him on a business or personal level (never underestimate a rejected person).

Some people are hurt because Jeffree can be brutally honest, which can be difficult to process on a business level and on a personal level even more.


Maybe Jeffree is not always nice and polite to everyone for whatever reasons, though he seems to be from my perspective as a subscriber and customer: to the waitresses and cashiers we see him with in vlogs, to the grandmas, to the struggling single moms, to upcoming MUAs of all skin tones, poor teachers, all kinds of people in need, to everybody we see him with in videos and on Social Media - but we cannot know for sure, he is very good in online-PR (success does not come from nothing), we are not with him every minute of his life, so though he used to speak over snapchat and instagram to us subscribers five times a day and we know all of his bathrobes, how each of the six puppies is doing, how he gets his legs waxed, even the tattoos on his butt ... He still might have secrets and his character could be completely different from what we see... Really?

But even if he is/was not so nice and polite to everyone all the time every day of his life this is not a crime, it is human.

I nevertheless can imagine that it is not easy to live and work with him everyday because he loves attention, his brain works fast and he might not always be patient (though trying). He dominates the days of all around him since he is the employer and the moneymaker: his creativity, his visions, his decisions, his perseverance and his self-marketing make projects, products, jobs and money for all around him. I guess it is not easy to sustain that situation and dependency every day no matter how adorable someone is. This and the constant judgement of everybody on the World Wide Web that comes with being close to him.

It is not that Jeffree hides his own imperfections, he shows us disgusting filler stuff being cut out of his lips on video, his esophagus getting widened, he talks about his horseface or says that he looks like a wet rat, that Nate found he eats too noisily (yes, I have a good memory) and he stretched more than once that he tends to be a control freak, and so on.

Nevertheless, in my opinion Jeffree may not be a saint but he still is adorable, creative and inspires millions of people to be better, to have faith in themselves, to grow as a person. He - like everybody - has the right to be forgiven for his past and present mistakes that he owned. I totally respect if someone cannot forgive words he said if the person still hurts, nevertheless, it is not right to destroy someone in revenge for words spoken years ago in an upset mood after being or feeling attacked.


People who feel hurt by him should talk to him personally and in private and not instigate an Internet army to deliberately destroy him. This is disgusting and imho (I did not go to lawschool) is criminal behaviour.

From Dramageddon OG (2018) and Dramageddon 2.0 (2019) in the beauty community everybody knows now what can happen when someone with a relevant number of subscribers drops a trigger word or a picture out of an impulse on Social Media. This time (Cancelgeddon), nobody can say, oh I made that YouTube video or that Instagram post or story out of an impulse and I did not know what would happen. No, they who imho started and fuel this Cancelgeddon towards Jeffree Star knew/know. They are grown-ups using easy to impress teenagers and others as a Cancelgeddon army. They, from what I heard, allegedly informed the drama channels in advance. They set the table, statements were scripted ... What happens right now imho is what they prepared, seeded and maybe are still orchestrating. Grown-up people fully aware of what they were going for, that is to destroy Jeffree Star and his business (and thus destroy everyone who has a job thanks to him) by using teenagers as a an army. This imho is not a trivial offense or something forgivable because done out of an impulse. These people imho are trying to ruin someone well planned and for everyone to see.

The Internet is a rough place nowadays.

Everyone should form their opinions in the fairest way possible. This is challenging on the Internet with campaigns, and bots, and fake accounts. But it is crucial to always look at the alleged "evidence" and by whom a certain narrative is presented: What is their reason to paint someone in a certain way? Do they want to harm/destroy a competitor because they want his customers, influence, power in the community? Do they want the clout, e.g., to promote a product they are coming out with soon. Is it to distract from their own failures (or their boringness)? Do they want to distance themselves from that person to get on another one's PR list or into a certain "friend" group or gain new customers by jumping on the cancel campaign? Or is it pure revenge?


Jeffree is not the enemy!

I am on this earth for nearly 63 years and on the Internet for 25 years and one thing I have learned: never trust the obvious.

To the hateful teenagers and others mad at Jeffree: Be better! Fight for social justice, the Black Lives Matter movement, adress pressing environmental issues, help women and LGBTQ+ rights ... there is so much to do. Jeffree is not your enemy - he spoke up for inclusiveness years ago, called out big brands deceiving small (black owned) brands, he supported small creators and MUAs of all skin colors, gave money to teachers whose schools cannot afford needed classroom equipment or books, also gave money to people who struggled to feed their children and pets after they lost their jobs because of the Corona virus, he spoke up to bring justice for the killing of George Floyd before everybody jumped on the BLM-bandwagon ..., oh, and last year he even paid for the funeral of a fan, whose parents had to open a go-fund-me-account because their savings did not cover the expenses.

Choose wisely whom you trust, maybe none of them above, but choose the battles you fight yourself. Do not waste your energy on Jeffree Star (or anyone) to destroy this person because someone tells you something on the Internet. (Of course, if you yourself are a victim of anyone, you should seek protection and help to stop that person).

If you do not like Jeffree Star just don't buy from him, just ignore him. But do not jump on a bandwagon to fulfill someone else's revenge plan or whatever. You might be called out for this mercilessness one day.

Be brave, research yourself and join a group in real life who actually does positive things for society, for victims, for the environment, for whatever you think should be better in this world. Bringing more hate and negativity to all of us makes the world only worse.

Like many others who work with Jeffree Jonathan Wright, a well-known hairstylist, got backlash, for doing Jeffree's hair for a photo shoot. The bullying Cancelgeddon army people do not care that he would loose income. And Jeffree can never win. When he hires POC the haters say, he uses them. If he would not, of course their narrative would be he hates them. Imho both is not true. What is he supposed to do?

I love Chinwendu Ramsay's rant about people constantly dming and telling her that she should unfollow someone (she does not say the name) on social media.

Speaking for me: I am all for giving people second chances.
I believe that people can change if they can acknowledge their wrongdoings and/or misperceptions. Jeffree Star is no saint but I see so much change for the positive. Has he done and said bad things? Yes. But he is also a blessing, showing people that transition and success is possible if you work hard. He is a victim and a survivor himself, but yes, he has hurt people with his words - some of them hated him anyways and had attacked him, others loved and trusted him and had felt a connection. Yes, like he said in his latest video, he has a problem with impulse control.

Jeffree imho should - like the rest of us - keep on working sincerely on becoming a better person because money can't buy love, true friends or real self-esteem. But by destroying him self-righteously just because you can as a huge Cancelgeddon army you take away the hope and confidence that transition, fulfillment or any change for the better is possible from all of us (and thus the reason to even try, for some even the reason to live) as well as the good that he does and the money he used to freely give to charity, environmental and other projects - e.g., the LA LGBT Center and MrBeasts Tree Planting Project just to name two.

I personally cannot thank Jeffree Star enough for bringing new inspiration, energy and light into my life! I am so so so grateful for that. Keep on going to become the best version of yourself and creating beautiful things.

I hope James Charles has learned from all that has happended (in 2019) too and sought help - may it be for his alleged behaviour towards straight men and/or for his own mental health during the crisis. 
Follow-up July 27 2020: Allegations of a minor (unconfirmed).

Tati - I am not sure - ... She tends to stage herself the victim (first betrayed by her friend James Charles, now allegedly by her former friends Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson). She even is the victim when her videos are not watched as much as she wanted. I do not see that she is ready yet to own her shit she rather blames others. No matter if at all or how deep Shane and Jeffree really were involved: she was the one who made and uploaded the video in 2019, speaking about her own alleged experiences, and she was the one who gained millions of subscribers who bought her vitamin pills making her probably millions of Dollars. What drove her? Business had seemed to be going good for her before the drama, but compared to James Charles, Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson - though she had been working hard - she only had a fraction of their fandom on YouTube - imho it has to do with the demographics of the YouTube users interested in makeup and, to be true, Jeffree (the crazy "Pop/Rock Star" presenting himself as a new piece of art every day in another way), Shane (the "King of YouTube") and James Charles (the ambitious boy with an inbuilt puppy licence) were and are more exciting and entertaining and attract a broader audience. She gained about 5 million subscribers on YouTube after she uploaded the video starting Dramageddon 2.0., James Charles lost 3 million. James Charles gained the subscribers back very fast and more, he is now the top beauty guru by number of subscribers on YouTube. But Tati, after some time had passed, started to lose subscribers, very slowly but steadily - because of beforementioned reasons (I am boring myself, why would I watch someone boring on YouTube). Now she has made another video, again she being the victim with teary eyes, but now she is on the other side of the table, accusing Jeffree and Shane for being awful and James being the nice boy. By now I wonder whether she is just playing the men off against each other like in a soap opera (by the way she used to be an actress). This time it does not work, she is losing subscribers probably because she has lost her credibility). I do not know what to think of her and her real intentions. I hope she is not one of those people who threaten to bring someone to court in order to make someone accept a costly composition (to avoid spotlight that could be harmful for business). We will find out - may be.

Follow-up on speculations and assumptions

In the comment section of one of April L. Butcher's very interesting YouTube lives about Morphe dropping Jeffree (the lives are still available since they are recorded as well) her subscribers brought up that maybe Morphe wanted Jeffree to cancel the collaboration with his friend and collab partner Shane Dawson, who is in even bigger drama, and that Jeffree would not do that.

April L. Butcher also brought up interesting business aspects in another of her lives on YouTube. Her assumption is that Morphe wanted to replace Jeffree with a younger person, that could be James, anyways, and that the hate storm provided a good opportunity. Jeffree on the other hand might be better off without them, since he can give more JSC products to Beautylish (an online retailer) to sell and he can finally come out with his own foundation without stepping on Morphe's toes. I agree with the second, but I am not sure about the first.

Though James also attracts a huge crowd at Morphe openings as does Bretman Rock as far as I remember seeing on Instagram. But I am not sure if James really wants a long-term collab with Morphe. I am not even sure whether James really wants to be that deep in makeup products long-term. In one of their last videos together, James tells Jeffree, that he does not see himself creating (more) makeup or have his own brand (and that was not to please Jeffree, who looked rather uncomprehending, because he loves makeup, to have his own brand and to create it in his own special way). If I remember correctly James said in an interview he sees himself rather as a PR consultant working with the really big brands. But I mean, he is young, he can change his mind. From the Morphe perspective: James also always was in drama since he started YouTube - it used to be kind of his business model to make well known professional makeup artists, beauty company owners and celebrities angry to get everyone's attention (and sometimes a collab out of this). The other aspect: Jeffree Star Cosmetics brought additional consumers into Morphe stores, who then would buy some brushes or other Morphe stuff with the JSC products. I think it is Morphe's loss that they cancelled the collab with Jeffree. On the other hand they (Morphe) have this Coca Cola collab now - could be that they were too scared that all this drama could keep Coca Cola or other big brands from future collabs.
[What the CEO of Beautylish Nils Johnson had to say about Jeffree Star: tremendous demand for the products from all types of customers, internationally, great products, great partner, super inclusive, proactive and very outspoken (concerning inclusivity and BLM) and giving back to the community]

Follow-up: New Morphe strategy aiming for Gen Z. I just now (07-21-2020) read in WWD, a fashion industry trade journal, that Morphe launches a Gen Z sub brand, Morphe 2, partnering with the TikTok famous Teenager girls Carli and Dixie D'Amelio and moving away from the "Instagram aestethics". Gen Z stands for Generation Z ("Zoomers"), by most researchers and media Gen Z are people being born between (about) 1997 and 2012. So Morphe now is going for a younger audience and the TikTok users. We shall see how this will work out for Morphe since they probably lose the core Jeffree Star fans who saw them giving in to a haters army and to the pressure of his known long-term enemies/competitors when they should have been a supportive family with the money and success he brought them. In the long run this might frighten away the other money making influencers since they can built their own brands and sell them over the Internet (that was the way Jeffree started). Also: TikTok is said to be possibly banned by US government since it is Chinese. And: those girls, the faces of Morphe 2, are not known for using makeup at all and their fandom is not as diverse regarding age and income as Jeffree's. But what do I know.

Follow-up: Jeffree Star published a video on YouTube after weeks of silence: Doing What's Right.

My personal opinion and assumptions about Jeffree's video

From a business point of view it was necessary to make that video and not wait any longer. It would have made him look weak, and I assume there are makeup collections in the pipeline that were probably planned a year ahead and that people are waiting for for months (and the launches had been postpones due to the Coronavirus pandemy and probably some more because of Cancelgeddon).
I think, he also knew his fans needed him in these difficult times of Corona, quarantines, joblessness and the cancel culture people spreading hate.

But in my opinion, he was not ready emotionally (can you ever be in a situation like this knowing there are people out there with the intent to destroy you no matter what you say). He seemed hurt (his Snapchat and Instagram stories were more closeup than the video), seemed even a bit scared and for that reason maybe in a fierce mode to hide it (but I am not a psychologist, maybe the eye makeup look of the day made him look like a fierce Amazon from the Greek mythology). Yes, he always tells us, how he is a tough bitch - but who would not be hurt seeing this explosion of hate not only towards him but trying to destroy what he built from nothing, and also his employees, fans, customers and business partners being bullied.

But he is not someone to avoid pain when action is needed and not someone to give in to fears long-term, so here we are.

In his video Jeffree sincerely reflects on his own mistakes that is mainly his impulsive behavior, not to fully think things through before he opens his mouth, his listening to others and getting caught up in the hype. He apologized to James Charles (again) at least twice in the video for not having just called him and talked to him at that time. He also said that he got caught up in the drama again though he had wanted to be better. I think here he speaks about letting at least two people hear the voicemail(s) of an alleged victim a few weeks ago (though afaik in a way they could not record it and thus not giving the receipts away to not enable others to out the alleged victim against their will). But, yes, I agree, that was not a good thing to do at all, especially for a CEO, understandable from a human point of view though: The past year he had been called a liar over and over again, that he had made things up and had no receipts. I think he could not resist to prove them wrong.

Actually he had offered James Charles only a few months ago to show him/let him hear what he was told (though James Charles himself had made the names of his own alleged victims public in 2019 when he put a private text from Jeffree - being mad at him because of the alleged problematic behavior - in his video addressing the accusations. I still do not fully understand why Jeffree had to apologize to James again, maybe because Tati had made him out the villain. He already had apologized in 2019 for not having been a better friend and stretched how sorry he was that he had been mean to James' brother who had gotten some heat from Jeffree due to a misunderstanding and had done nothing wrong).

Whatever, Jeffree seemed very dissapointed with himself because he did not measure up to what kind of person he in his core truly is or wants to be.

There was an elefant in the room but he did not mention Tati Westbrook's latest video (blaming him and Shane for what she had started in 2019) by name but said that the world does not work like that that if you were not successful in taking one person down you instead take some others down with you.

Jeffree also said that what he was recently accused of was mostly not true, e.g., he never blackmailed anyone. But he himself would not entertain those things brought up against him anymore by going off publicly but his lawyers will entertain them beind the scenes (and public statements can jeopardize a law case, so he must not speak about things publicly).

He spoke about his friendship with Shane Dawson that he does not approve of some of what he did in the past but that he loves the person he is now and that Shane is one of his best friends, and that also Shane would not approve of everything Jeffree did in his past.

He went on saying there are more important things than beauty community drama happening right now, such as people getting killed and that nobody is talking about that. He especially named Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain, both of them killed by police officers, also that black trans-women are murdered  every day and the media would not talk about it. He said he would continue to speak up for what is right.

Obviously addressing his makeup loving fans he said, that there will be new makeup tutorials etc. on his YouTube channel soon and that in August new Jeffree Star Cosmetics makeup products will be launched.


Reaction of others to Jeffree Star's video

The majority of his fans are true to him. Many said, they were happy that he did this video "Doing What's Right" and how he did it. Others had expected more details. Nevertheless, according to Socialblade by July 29 Jeffree has lost about 0.8 of 18.2 million subscribers on YouTube. In my opinion this suggests that the majority of the Cancelgeddon army mainly are people who have not been his fans.

The Cancelgeddon army people are still full of hate and turn everything against him. E.g., since he mentions the Black Lives Matter movement in his video they say, he misuses BLM to distract from himself and that he should just shut up since he was a racist - though he had stood up for the prosecution and then for a higher indictment of the police officers that killed George Floyd from the very beginning on his platforms informing millions of people, and also had shared information on the killing of Breonna Taylor and other POC killed by police and how allys can help POC. He also had demanded other brands to speak up with POC as well. With most of them haters you cannot even have a conversation. If you suggest to research a certain subject, they say they don't have to, they know Jeffree is a horrible person. They do not mind the truth or giving people a second chance or even that they would take away hope, help, income and more from others if they succeeded with their merciless intention to destroy him permanently. The drama is far from being over since the Cancel culture people are still everywhere, they have the notification on Jeffree's posts on to be the first to comment it spreading more hate, trying to poisen everyone's attitude (but who wants to be like them, merciless  self-righteous bullies).

Some people did not like that in the video Jeffree sits in a nice room on a beautiful massive new couch. I mean ... Those people who bring that up in my opinion are jealous or just want to provide another reason for others to hate him. And they obviously did not know him before Cancelgeddon: He had had an old brown couch forever in his living room in Calabasas before they moved that was always taken by the dogs. Let the man have a new big couch!

I think he did good. The situation was difficult. Being the CEO of Jeffree Star Cosmetics and the co-owner of Killer Merch, he had to do it, he could not hide or, like Cardi B, stand in a pretty white dress and high heels next to a pool and say, look what I am wearing to this years CardiBisover party, then jump into the pool and end the video. Might be an option for next year.

I watched April L. Butcher's and her husband's, both POC, point of view on Jeffree Star's video. They are not Jeffree Star's fans but they have been on the Internet and Social Media for a while and they analyze in a fair way.

Follow-up: Jeffree Star Cosmetics will be launching a skin care line in 2021.

* The truth about me
I want to let you know that I am not "unbiased". I started researching on YouTube and on other social platforms for new trends professionally years and years ago but gradually and unplanned I became a fan of some influencers, e.g., Jeffree Star. But still I try to stay true to the facts as far as I know them. Nevertheless this post is mainly my opinion and my thoughts, you should form your own and make your own decisions.

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Donnerstag, 9. Juli 2020

Jeffree Star’s Jawbreaker-Palette versus Morphe x Jeffree Star Artistry-Palette

Welche Lidschattenpalette ist besser: Jeffree Star’s Jawbreaker-Palette, die er für seine eigene Marke Jeffree Star Cosmetics (JSC) erstellt hat oder die Morphe x Jeffree Artistry Palette aus der Kollaboration (Co-Creation) des Unternehmens Morphe Brushes mit Jeffree Star als dem Content Creator und Beauty Guru? Und wie sieht es mit der kleinen Schwester, mit Jeffree Star's Mini Breaker-Palette als Alternative aus? (Meinung, Werbung wegen Markennennung, unverlangt, unbezahlt, alle Produkte selbst gekauft)

Beide Lidschattenpaletten sind bezaubernd und ihre Farben leuchten auch bei Regenwetter - links: die Jawbreaker-Palette von Jeffree Star Cosmetics, rechts die Morphe x Jeffree Star Artistry Palette.
Beide Lidschattenpaletten, Jeffree Star’s Jawbreaker-Palette und die Morphe x Jeffree Artistry Palette, kamen im Sommer 2019 kurz nacheinander heraus. Beide enthalten Lidschattenfarben und sogenannte Pressed Pigments (gepresste Farbstoffe, die meist Bestandteil veganer Paletten sind, aber in den USA nicht als Lidschatten deklariert werden dürfen). Die Jawbreaker-Palette wurde von Jeffree Star entwickelt und wird über seine Firma Jeffree Star Cosmetics (JSC) vertrieben - wobei er bei seinen JSC-Lidschattenpaletten mit einem Labor in Kalifornien zusammenarbeitet. Die Morphe x Jeffree Star Artistry Palette ist eine Co-Creation von Morphe Brushes als dem herausgebenden Make-up-Unternehmen mit Jeffree Star in seiner "Rolle" als Beauty-Guru (nicht mit dem Unternehmen JSC). Jeffree Star hat sich zwar auch bei der Morphe x Jeffree Star Lidschattenpalette kreativ eingebracht - die Palette unterscheidet sich schon rein äußerlich von allen anderen Morphe Lidschattenpaletten -, doch die Farben stammen letztendlich von den Labors oder Zulieferern, mit denen Morphe zusammenarbeitet.

Über Jeffree Star und Morphe Brushes

Jeffree Star hat viele Talente und eine abwechslungsreiche Geschichte. Erst vor fünf Jahren hat der ehemalige MySpace-Star und Singer-Songwriter sein Unternehmen Jeffree Star Cosmetics (JSC) gegründet, nachdem es mit seiner Musikerkarriere nicht wie gewünscht weiterging. Mit drei flüssigen Lippenstiften hat er angefangen, die er über einen Online-Shop sowie auf Messen und Festival-Touren an seine Fans aus den MySpace- und Musikerzeiten vertrieb und nun auch über seinen neu auf Beauty ausgerichteten YouTube-Kanal bekannt machte. Heute ist JSC ( ein erfolgreiches Make-up-Unternehmen mit vielen Angestellten und Jeffree Star dessen Gesicht, Visionär, Besitzer und Geschäftsführer. Auf YouTube, Instagram & Co. ist er ganz nebenbei zum Beauty-Guru geworden, dessen unverblümte Meinung über ein Produkt dieses zum Hit oder Flop machen kann. Nebenbei ist er auch Mitbesitzer von Killer Merch (, einem Merch- und Fullfilling-Unternehmen für Influencer, und von anderen Unternehmungen mehr.
Morphe Brushes ist ebenfalls ein kometenhaft aufgestiegenes Unternehmen, das Make-up-Pinsel und Lidschattenpaletten herstellt und diese oft in Zusammenarbeit/Co-Creation mit Influencern herausbringt. Morphe-Produkte werden über den eigenen Online-Shop (, im rasant wachsenden eigenen Filialnetz, aber auch über Partner wie Ulta (USA), Sephora (Kanada) und andere Beauty-Einzelhändler international verkauft.
Jeffree Star Cosmetics und Morphe Brushes hatten sich parallel zueinander und miteinander erfolgreich entwickelt, wobei Jeffree Star im Gegensatz zu anderen Influencern keine Co-Creation mit Morphe hatte, aber seine JSC-Produkte in Morphe-Filialen verkauft wurden - auf diese Weise brachten sein Name und seine Marke einerseits Morphe mehr Kunden in die Läden und andererseits konnten Jeffree Star's Fans JSC-Produkte auch in stationären Läden ausprobieren und kaufen, ohne dass JSC ein eigenes Filialnetz aufbauen musste. Seit Frühjahr 2019 gab es dann mehrere Co-Creations mit Morphe (Pinselsets, Schwämmchen, Setting-Spray, Artistry Palette) und Jeffree Star akzeptierte auch einen Morphe Code, dessen Einnahmen er jedoch an wohltätige Organisationen spendete.
Morphe und Jeffree Star gehen seit Juli 2020 getrennte Wege. Was den Online-Vertrieb betrifft, arbeitet JSC sowieso auch mit anderen Online-Retailern zusammen, unter anderem Beautylish, BeautyBay, Douglas - siehe auch Wo man Produkte von Jeffree Star Cosmetics kaufen kann, wenn man in Deutschland wohnt.

Welche Lidschattenpalette ist besser: die JSC-Jawbreaker-Palette oder die Morphe x Jeffree Star Artistry Palette?

Beide Paletten wirken farbenfroh und sommerlich, beide enthalten aber auch dezentere Farben. Mit beiden Paletten lassen sich sowohl Make-up-Kunst, Regenbogen-Looks, Looks für Partys und Dates, aber auch solche für Alltag und Beruf kreieren.
Aber sind beide Paletten gleich gut oder ist eine besser? Und wie sieht es preislich aus?


Sieger bei Quantität und Preis: Morphe x Jeffree Star Artistry Palette

Die Morphe x Jeffree Star Lidschattenpalette ist in Jeffree Star's Lieblingsfarbe Rosa gehalten und enthält 29 matte und schimmernde Farben sowie ein Pfännchen mit gepresstem Glitter.

Vergleicht man die Größen der Lidschattenpaletten miteinander und zählt man die Farben jeweils durch, so heißt der Sieger Morphe x Jeffree Star Artistry Palette, denn die Palette ist größer (siehe Bild ganz oben) und sie enthält 30 Farbpfännchen versus 24 in der Jawbreaker-Palette - die einzelnen Pfännchen wirken zwar kleiner, sind dafür aber etwas tiefer als die der Jawbreaker-Palette.
Die Morphe x Jeffree Star Artistry Palette ist eine schöne Lidschattenpalette und das zum Preis von 39 Euro. Dieser Preis ist sehr günstig für eine Palette diesen Umfangs, die das Jeffree-Star-Look-and-Feel hat. Mit dem Code JSTAR erhält man zudem 10 Prozent bei Morphe (BTW: Die mit JSTAR erzielten Werbeeinnahmen werden für wohltätige Zwecke genutzt). Allerdings handelt es sich bei den Farben in dieser Lidschattenpalette um eine (teils neue/erneuerte) Morphe-Lidschatten-Formulierung, die recht gut ist, aber eben nicht die viel gelobte von Jeffree Star Cosmetics und seinem Labor.

Sieger bei der Qualitität: die Jawbreaker Palette von Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Jeffree Star ist ein Süßigkeiten-Junkie. Das Design der Jawbreaker-Palette ist einer Süßigkeit nachempfunden, den Gobstoppern, in den USA als Jawbreaker, "Kiefernbrecher", bezeichnet. Die Palette enthält 24, teils matte und teils schimmernde Farben.
Von den meisten Testern und Bewertern bei YouTube wird die Qualität der Jawbreaker-Palette wie auch die von JSC‘s sonstigen Lidschattenpaletten (Blood Sugar Palette, Blue Blood Palette und andere) als gut bis sehr gut bewertet: von der Pigmentierung und Deckkraft her bis zur Ausblendbarkeit beziehungsweise Mischfähigkeit ein Highend-Produkt. Die Jawbreaker-Palette ist wie alle JSC-Paletten vegan und ohne Tierversuche hergestellt. Jeffree Star Cosmetics arbeitet mit einem amerikanischen Labor in Kalifornien zusammen und lässt die Lidschattenpaletten in einer Manufaktur vor Ort herstellen, was teurer ist als die chinesischen Importe vieler Mitbewerber. Wenn man das berücksichtigt, ist der Preis von 58.00 US-Dollar pro Palette sehr günstig. Preise für EU-Shopper: bei Beauty Bay (UK) derzeit 60,95 Euro, bei Douglas (Deutschland) 61,99 Euro.

Welche Lidschattenpalette passt zu wem?

Mit beiden Lidschattenpaletten lassen sich sehr schöne Augen-Make-up-Looks kreieren, siehe die Beispiele weiter unten. Man lernt seine persönlichen Lidschattenpaletten mit der Zeit kennen und weiß, wie welche Farbe behandelt werden will, damit sie mehr oder weniger kräftig auf dem Lid erscheint – wie man es gerade für einen bestimmten Look haben möchte. Beispielsweise erzielt man mehr Deckkraft und leuchtendere Farben, wenn man vor dem Lidschatten eine Basis wie Eyeshadow Primer oder einen Concealer auflegt und diese NICHT mit einem Puder absättigt, sondern gleich den Lidschatten daraufpackt. Oder indem man den Pinsel mit einem Makeup-Setting-Spray einsprüht, bevor man die Farbe mit einem flachen Packpinsel aus dem Farbpfännchen aufnimmt und ohne Verblendbewegungen auf das Lid packt.

Wer gerne eine schöne Jeffree-Star-Palette haben möchte und nicht ganz so viel ausgeben kann, wird an der Morphe x Jeffree Star Artistry Palette Freude haben. Wer jedoch Lidschatten mit der von vielen hochgelobten Pigmentierung von Jeffree Star Cosmetics haben möchte, auf bestimmte Farben in der Palette anspricht (Gelb!) oder als Profi-Maskenbildner diese Farben und diese Qualität aus beruflichen Gründen braucht, der sollte die Jawbreaker-Palette kaufen.

Es gibt jedoch noch eine dritte Lösung: Statt der Jawbreaker-Palette von JSC kann man die Mini Breaker-Palette von JSC kaufen. Sie hat die begehrte JSC-Qualität, ist aber klein, für die Handtasche geeignet und günstiger als beide im Preis (aktuell bei Beauty Bay für 29,50 US-Dollar). Auch mit ihr lassen sich wunderschöne Sommer-Looks schminken - von monochrom über pastellig bis knallig.

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Montag, 22. Juni 2020

Was macht man, wenn einem das Schicksal salzige Gurken gibt? Gurkenlimonade?

Falsch! Man macht Kartoffelsalat! (mit Rezept)***

Kürzlich bestellte ich unter anderem ein Glas saure Gurken, jedenfalls stand Saure Gurken groß auf dem Glas. Und da sie von einem "Spreewaldhof" kamen, dachte ich: "Ach, endlich kann ich mal Spreewälder Gurken probieren", von denen man doch so oft hört.

Hm. Wie sag ich's, ohne jemanden zu verletzen? Sie waren nicht mein Geschmack, denn sie schmeckten nicht sauer, sondern salzig - wie die Gurken, die meine Eltern gelegentlich kauften, als mein Bruder und ich noch Kinder waren. Sie liebten die Salzgurken, wir hassten sie. Es ist also Geschmackssache. Ich wusste halt nicht, dass saure Gurken vom Spreewaldhof eher wie Salzgurken schmecken. Jedenfalls diese.

Aber was sollte ich nun mit dem großen Glas schöner dicker Gurken tun? Ich verabscheue es, Lebensmittel wegzuwerfen.

Doch dann hatte ich die richtige Idee, ich würde sie für Kartoffelsalat verwenden!

Zutaten für cremigen Kartoffelsalat: Kartoffeln, Salzgurken, Zwiebel, Essig und Öl. Die wichtigste Zutat fehlt auf dem Bild: Remouladensoße!

Spoiler: Der Kartoffelsalat wurde köstlich!

Hier mein Kartoffelsalat-Rezept mit Salzgurken und Remouladensoße
(ohne genaue Mengenangaben, denn Zwiebel ist nicht gleich Zwiebel und auch die Menge an Remouladensoße ist Geschmackssache)


mehrere salzige Gurken (ich nahm die angeblich Sauren Gurken vom Spreewaldhof)
Remouladensoße oder ersatzweise eine andere würzige Salatsoße
Olivenöl oder ein anderes, das man mag
(Salz und )Pfeffer nach Geschmack

  1. Die Zwiebeln fein würfeln (ich nahm nur eine, da sie recht scharf war), ebenso die Salzgurken.
  2. Die abgekühlten Pellkartoffeln pellen, die sehr großen der Länge nach vierteln, alle dann in Scheiben schneiden, so dass es mundgerechte Stücke ergibt.
  3. Die zerkleinerten Kartoffeln, Zwiebeln und Gurken in eine Schüssel geben.
  4. Remouladensoße, etwas Apfelessig und ein wenig Olivenöl dazu geben und alles umrühren.
Ich habe den Kartoffelsalat nur wenige Minuten ziehen lassen und dann probiert: Einfach super!

(Leider habe ich kein Bild vom fertigen Kartoffelsalat, aber er sah aus wie jeder andere, cremige Kartoffelsalat mit Zwiebeln und Gurken. Wenn möglich (es sind noch 2 Gurken übrig), werde ich ein Bild nachliefern.)

Also bevor jemand die Gurken wegwirft, weil sie im ersten Moment nicht seinen/ihren Erwartungen entspricht, sollte diesen Kartoffelsalat ausprobieren. Die salzigen Sauren Gurken machen sich im Kartoffelsalat mindestens so gut wie die gewohnten sauren Gurken (die wohl eigentlich Delikatessgurken heißen?). Sie haben für mich den perfekten Biss, nicht zu hart und nicht zu weich, und das Salzige wird an den Kartoffelsalat abgegeben, den ich persönlich gar nicht zusätzlich gesalzen habe.

Hinweis für die Figurbewussten:
Die Remouladensoße kann man mit etwas Joghurt und/oder Gemüsebrühe strecken und dafür das Oliven- beziehungsweise Pflanzenöl weglassen.

Tipp für Speckliebhaber:
Wer mag, pimpt den Kartoffelsalat: Dazu schneidet man durchwachsenen Speck in kleine Würfel, die man in der Pfanne langsam etwas ausschwitzen lässt und dann vor dem Servieren über den fertigen Kartoffelsalat streut.

Das Rezept funktioniert auch für Nudelsalat. Als zusätzliche Zutaten eignen sich, Paprikastreifen, Erbsen, in Scheiben geschnittene Wiener Würstchen, Schinkenstreifen, Thunfisch, Rote Bohnen und/oder vieles andere.

*** Kennzeichnung als Werbung wegen der Markennennung, obwohl unbezahlt und unaufgefordert

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