Gabriel Zamora, Laura Lee, Nikita Dragun, MannyMUA, Morphe, Ulta, Porcelain, YouTube, Beauty Community Drama, Panicked Antics, Jeffree Star, Patrick Starr

Can You Handle Gabriel Zamora’s Truth?

I think I can speak for all the beauty fans of YouTube when I say that we all saw Gabriel Zamora’s video entitled “My Truth“, in which he goes into detail about his past using offensive language, that infamous Tweet of him shading Jeffree and so much more. The biggest bombshell of all was him exposing MannyMUA for who he truly is.

First, I want to address his offensive language because I went in on him pretty hard when I covered this in my past two blogs. I still stand by what I said, but I do believe that he’s truly sorry. I also have to remember that no one’s hands are clean. I’ve interviewed people who have used offensive language in the past thinking “they’re just words.” I never condoned that behavior, but I now realize that it’s hypocritical of me to judge Gabriel while not to judging others quite as harshly. While I was here calling him out, I was foolishly not realizing that he was just as guilty as the person I’ve interviewed. Perhaps I tried justifying their behavior to myself thinking, “The interview isn’t about that,” but that was incredibly stupid of me. Although I don’t believe anyone I’ve interviewed is a racist, I still made some poor decisions in what I chose to overlook. As an aspiring journalist, I should know better. So, Gabriel, I know you’re not reading this because I’m still irrelevant, but just know you taught me a lot.

I don’t want to go over his whole video, because I believe he needs to be heard and his video is good. I do want to cover the whole MannyMUA situation real quick because I used to be a fan of his and it’s too big of a topic to ignore.

A lot of people have been saying for a long time that Manny will latch onto someone in the beauty community, become their best friend and then toss them aside once he’s done with them, moving on to the next person. Gabriel confirmed this. It was also confirmed in his video that Manny used both Jeffree and Packtrick Starr for their connections.

What I found to be the most telling was how willing he was to throw both Gabriel and Laura Lee under the bus. Trust me, I’m not defending Laura, but I’ll get to that in a minute. Right now I want to talk about what Manny did to Gabriel.

Like I said, I don’t want to talk too much about the video because I want you all to watch it, but the things he tweeted about Gabriel (such as, “It’s been an eye-opening 24 hours.”),  were done behind his back. When Gabriel unfollowed Manny, right away Manny wanted to clear things up with him, but only to clear up his own image, not to save his friendship with Gabriel.

When it comes to Laura, who is supposed to be Manny’s best friend, he was not there for her whatsoever while she was being dragged through the mud. Now, I’m not saying she didn’t deserve it, but what kind of friend doesn’t defend their best friend who they collab with all the time?

As I have said many times, there’s a lot more information in the video and I encourage you all to watch it. There are just a couple of things I want to say real quick:

First, I believe you have learned from your mistakes, Gabriel and that you truly are sorry. I was impressed with your video.

Second, DO NOT give Manny or Nikita a pass. Laura deserves what’s happening to her but Manny and Nikita need to suffer consequences as well. What consequences am I talking about? Well, for starters, if Laura is going to get dropped by Morphe, then so should Manny and Nikita. Also, Lunar Beauty is supposed to be sold at a certain retail store according to Manny. If Laura is going to be dropped from Ulta then Manny needs to lose his retail deal as well. I believe that would make a good start.

Lastly (and this is off topic), I gave a shoutout to PorcelainMUA in a previous blog of mine.  Panicked Antics just revealed some stuff about who I was supporting and I think you should all know, too. Click here to watch this video. (A big reason why I’m putting this here is because we want a new wave of beauty gurus to take over, and just like Panicked Antics said, Porcelain wants to be part of that new wave and I agree that’s what Porcelain wants. So before that happens, be sure to watch the video and decide if she’s the kind of person you want to support. I no longer do.)

I know we were all hoping for more positively in the beauty community in 2018 and it doesn’t look like that’s happening. But before you lose hope, remember this quote from The Dark Knight:

“The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.”

Candice's Vanity, GadgetBeat30, Lushious Massacr, Paizlee OBrien, Panicked Antics, K Swizz, YouTube, Laura Lee, Manny Mua, Here for the Tea, Nikita Dragun, Gabriel Zamora

What is Happening to the YouTube Beauty Community? Part 2.

Welcome to Part 2! When we last talked about the drama in the Beauty Community I asked if we’re going to see any changes. I want to discuss that topic, and also what I think will happen to Manny, Laura, Nikita, and Gabriel.

First, let me get something off of my chest in response to Laura. I have lived in Alabama all my life and I’m not a racist. I’ve said this many times on Twitter and I’ll say it here too; I’m sorry I ever bought Laura’s merch. As for the rest of her apology, it was obviously written by her PR Team. And judging by her Snapchat pictures she’s posted since then, Laura is hoping we’ll all quickly forget about this. (Thank you to my Twitter friend, Spektader for providing the picture!)

As for Nikita, I’m also sorry I bought her collab with Morphe. When I watched her apology video, I couldn’t help but feel like she was trying to hold back laughter. Did anyone else feel that way? Let me know if you agree or disagree.

Enough had been said about Gabriel’s, “sorry you were offended” apology. I will say that I was disappointed in Here for the Tea trying to justify Gabriel saying an offensive, racist word in this video. Just because he claimed he was using it in the style they use it in rap songs doesn’t justify it. Also, what about him calling someone a derogatory word for people of the LGBTQIA Community? What’s the excuse there? That’s right, there is none!

Finally, Manny as of right now has not given an apology whatsoever, and I don’t believe we’re ever going to get one. That right there, speaks volumes of how entitled he believes he is.

There’s a lot of speculation as to what will happen to these four. Will their careers end or will they be temporarily derailed and go back to normal? The answer lies with us. Would we accept this kind of behavior out of our friends? No. So, we shouldn’t accept it from them. Remember, they may be famous and we may put them on a pedestal, but it’s time that we stop. We need to hold the Beauty Community to the same standards we would the rest of the world.

My girl BeauTea with Ashely talked about how we need to make room for new Beauty Gurus in this wonderful video. I encourage you to watch the entire video as well as check out the Beauty Gurus. I’m going to include some of them below as well as some others.

Candice’s Vanity

GadgetBeat30 

Lushious Massacr

Paizlee OBrien

Panicked Antics

K Swizz

I’m sure there are many more. Feel free to leave any Beauty Gurus I missed in the comments. But, just to let you all know, this is not the end of the Beauty Community as many people have said. This is a major bump in the road, and there will be others, but let me leave you with this: I’m not saying to not cut Beauty Gurus off every time they make a mistake. We’ve all done things we regret, myself included. Just be cautious when their past comes up to bite them and how they go about their apologies and their actions afterward.

 

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What Is Happening to the YouTube Beauty Community? Part 1.

We always hold our favorite celebrities on a pedestal, but the YouTube celebrities get placed on an even higher one. This is because they don’t have an army of managers, agents and PR People around them controlling their every move. Sure, some of them will probably employ a few of those people down the road, but at the end of the day, it’s still the YouTuber, in front of a camera, talking to us and interacting with us on social media as well. So in a sense, they’re more we see them more than celebrities, we see them as our friends.

Before I go any further I need to make it clear that no one who ever walked this earth except Jesus Christ Himself is perfect. Every single last one of us has made mistakes; we’ve all done and said cruel things. I know if I ever become relevant, there will surely be something from my past that will come up. No, I can’t think of anything, but I’ sure someone else will (once again if I ever become relevant). But I pray that I will have the strength to own up to any mistakes and not make excuses.

So, what does this have to do with the Beauty Community on YouTube? Well, if you watch these videos from MarkLovesTea, Petty Paige, Panicked Antics, Beauty Truth Sleuth, Tea Spill and many more Channels, then you’ll know, thanks to Beauty Guru Gabriel Zamora running his big mouth about Jeffree Star, Gabriel accidentally exposed himself in the process. With him, Laura Lee and Nikita Dragun were also exposed. (I highly suggest you watch these videos for the real tea. Let me tell you, this tea is HOT!)

But let’s be honest, we’ve been seeing the ugly side of Beauty Gurus for quite some time. From Kathleenlights dropping an offensive racist word to Jackie Ania lying about Petty Paige hacking her personal bank account and more, the Beauty Community seems to have been crumbling for quite some time. So, what do we, as the viewers, do about it? Or can we do anything? Do we have any say in this?

I don’t want this blog to go on for too long, so Part 2 should be up on Friday at the latest. I’m just afraid if I blab on for too long I’ll lose you. So, I end it here for now and conclude it in a few days. Until then, thank you for reading and I hope you’ll continue to stick around!