If you are a keen follower of the makeup beauty community, you would all remember the Tati Westbrook X James Charles drama. It was so messy that even people who weren’t big makeup enthusiasts were following the story. Now, as we all know, one of the biggest makeup artists, Jeffree Star, was also involved in it. Along with Star, Shane Dawson was quick to take sides as well. When Tati Westbrook exposed James Charles, Shane and Jeffree seemed to side with Tati. Now, one of Jeffree Star’s former friends, Kameron Lester, came out in support of James Charles and claimed that the attack on James was actually planned. Let’s dive into the whole matter and see what everyone had to say.
What happened between Tati and James?
Tati and James were close friends in the beauty community of YouTube. However, during a Coachella event, things between them turned sour. One of the main reasons for it was the fact that James sponsored a supplement company that was a competitor of Tati’s Halo Beauty. Tati claimed that James never publicly supported her (Tati’s) own supplement company but chose to go to another one.
Another reason, one which angered the whole internet, was that James Charles was accused of being predatory towards straight men. Tati recalled James convincing and manipulating straight men and making them uncomfortable:
“Oh my god, you tried to trick a straight man into thinking he’s gay, yet again. And somehow, you’re the victim. It’s really disgusting to manipulate someone’s sexuality especially when they’re emerging into adulthood and don’t quite have everything figured out. To have them behave sexually in your favor even if they’re straight—that’s not okay.”
After the initial video, James Charles tried to apologize to Tati and her husband in an eight-minute video that did not fare well. His friends Gabriel Zamora and Nikita Dragun tried to clear his name as well but he kept losing followers and Tati kept gaining new ones. That is when Tati posted another video titled ‘Why I Did It’ where she took responsibility for making their personal drama into a very public and messy one:
“I do, really, want the hate to stop. I want the picking sides, and the abusive memes and language, and I really hope on both sides, it can stop. And I don’t want you guys to subscribe, I don’t want you to feel bad for me. I don’t want you to feel sorry for me. This is not about me. I don’t need ‘Team Tati.’ I don’t need any of that.”
Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star take sides
At the same time, Shane Dawson posted an Instagram post, showing support to Tati Westbrook.
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I was trying to think of a funny caption but nothing seems right because of what this person means to me. Tati is someone who I’ve known about for years but who I just started really watching in the last few months because of my research on the beauty world. Since watching her I’ve had this insane connection to her and her videos have helped me so much, not just with makeup but with my anxiety and with my stress. I’ve had a lot of hard things happen in the last few months and being able to turn on one of her videos at night and hear her calming voice has been really healing for me. Tati, thank you for everything you do and thank you for being just as beautiful on the inside as you are on the out. Meeting you was something I will never forget. Love you :,) ❤️
He didn’t mention James Charles but it was clear who Shane was siding with. Moreover, Shane’s closest friend at the time, Jeffree Star publicly came out against James Charles tweeting this:
After this, Jeffree kept showing support for Tati Westbrook and her makeup career. There were also some things Jeffree said in text messages against James Charles. The messages were instigating hate and labeled James as a predator.
Another thing Jeffree Star did, that was not called for, was dragging James’ brother Ian into this drama. He replied to one of Ian’s tweets saying this:
“Why is your brother a predator?? Why’d you really move back to NYC? Exactly. Shut the f–k up.”
James was devasted at this because Ian was actually back home since he was battling with depression and wanted to be close with his parents.
James clears his side of things which leads to some opinion changing
During the whole drama, Tati Westbrook got in a YouTube hiatus because her heart was feeling too heavy. Shortly after this, James Charles made a longer video, ‘No More Lies’, addressing every single accusation against him by Tati.
Firstly he clarified that he didn’t pre-plan going to Halo Beauty’s competitor supplement company. It was very last minute and was done in desperation. Moreover, James Charles did apologize for doing so and tried to reach out to Tati at the time he did it.
Another thing James cleared out very painstakingly was the accusations of him harassing straight men and getting them to do sexual favors for him. James Charles directly responded to Tati’s story of how James Charles flirted with a waiter when they were all hanging out together. Sam, the waiter, actually posted his own video where he confirmed that everything that happened between James and Sam was consensual. Other than that, there were some boys who he chatted with and who later felt uncomfortable and came out with their stories. James Charles did apologize to them personally and reached out to them to clear out all the matters. Other than that, he denied all rumors that he took advantage of straight men who were questioning their sexuality:
“I have never, and would never, and will never use my “fame”, money or power, to manipulate or get any sexual actions from a guy. That is disgusting, it is not me, and the fact that Tati brought this up blows my mind, because she knows the real story.”
Jeffree Star himself claimed that James was making his ex-boyfriend’s Nathan Schwandt’s brother, Zach uncomfortable. James Charles shared that it was actually Jeffree who shared the idea of them getting together. Moreover, James then talked to Zach on Snapchat a few times but it didn’t lead to anything substantial. Charles let it go then.
Charles also stated that he did not appreciate Tati Westbrook for dragging his own mother into this drama when it didn’t concern her.
Jeffree Star took back his words and apologized
Jeffree Star publicly apologized to James Charles in a video titled ‘Never Doing This Again’:
“I inserted myself into something publicly where I shouldn’t have. I’m done doing that…This has to stop. I’m embarrassed by my own actions.”
Jeffree Star said that he is not going to be repeating this drama again and sincerely apologized to James Charles, and also his brother Ian. After a few months, he even publicly applauded James on his makeup endeavors.
Tati Westbrook also responded to James Charles video ‘No More Lies’:
I have been in communication with James Charles through an intermediary for the last week, and we believe that it is in the best interest of our community, our viewers and our own mental health to put this matter to rest. For that reason, I will not be making any further public comments and I hope and pray that no one else will make anymore hurtful statements on my behalf. The toxicity and chaos that ensued over the last 10 days was absolutely not my goal, as it was a fight that I was almost certain to lose… Although I do not regret raising my concerns I completely regret the way I went about saying them, I could have and should have found a better way.’
James Charles was in agreement to put the matter to rest:
Kameron Lester comes out against Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson
Kameron Lester, a former friend of Jeffree Star, seems to think that Tati’s attack on James Charles was carefully planned and orchestrated. Furthermore, Kameron starts off the story stating that he was a Black makeup artist that Jeffree Star had on his side mainly to show the world how diverse he was. Jeffree had helped Kameron in his career too so Kameron could not say no and he felt obliged to publicly support Jeffree Star whenever he was involved in a drama where he was called racist. Kameron was the Token Black kid for Jeffree Star.
Though, at one incident, Kameron Lester noted that Jeffree asked Kameron if he was friends was James Charles. This was pre-Tati Westbrook James Charles drama. Since Kameron indeed was friends with James and had no personal problems with him, he replied with yes. After hearing that yes, Jeffree Star was not pleased.
Then Kameron Lester shares that at another event, Shane Dawson Facetimed Jeffree Star and openly bashed James Charles. Later on, a leaked Jeffree Star voice note seems to imply that this is not the truth and Kameron is lying.
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this is a voice note Jeffree Star allegedly sent to Kameron Lester following Kameron’s IGTV where he publicly cut ties with Jeffree (full video available on Kameron’s instagram) . now, i have to say…imagine if the tables were turned and someone told Jeffree that Nathan left him and didn’t love him anymore when they were going through their own break up…Jeffree would absolutely lose his shit . what do you guys think of the voice memo? let me know below . credit for voice memo: @sebastian_williamsss . #jeffreestar #kameronlester
Someone who was on Jeffree Star’s payroll comes out and reveals evidence the Tati attack was orchestrated
A YouTuber named Ashlye Kyle came out with her side of things. She was not directly working for Jeffree Star but Jeffree Star would feed her information about the James and Tati drama before everything came out. That helped Ashlye create a bunch of videos focusing on the drama right from the start. That helped her get a lot of views and money just by being the first to report it.
During Jeffree Star and Ashlye talking via text, Jeffree hinted that there was going to be an attack on James Charles pretty soon. The following screenshots between Jeffree and Ashlye confirm that:
Furthermore, these screenshots imply that Shane was in on this:
Shane Dawson denies there was a planned attack on James Charles
Shane Dawson very adamantly called out the whole beauty community and clears out everything in a long note he posted on Twitter. However, he ended up deleting the tweets.
I deleted everything. I’m done. For those who wanted me to “address it” I did. I’m sure u can find it reposted somewhere. But I don’t want this energy in my life or on my timeline. I’m too sensitive for this shit and I’m done.
— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) June 21, 2020
In the long note, he denied having any involvement in the Tati Westbrook video.
for anyone wondering lol pic.twitter.com/LQzc5RrgkU
— jaid lee (@jaidleee) June 21, 2020
However, he did share that the beauty community as a whole is based on drama and that every makeup artist is more focused on the drama aspect as opposed to the makeup one. As per Shane Dawson, every member of the makeup community has a huge ego that needs constant feeding. He also stated that is the fact that many of the fans love the makeup gurus, because they are extra and overconfident.
Along with that, he says he does regret a few things he did when the Tati and James scandal broke out. He regrets hinting at their drama in his beauty series with Jeffree Star. He also regrets not handling the case very well and not doing enough to prevent the hurt and pain that it caused everyone.
Moreover, he also shares that he doesn’t agree with how Jeffree Star approaches things and how he is encouraging Jeffree to change and they both are working on that. Shane also explains that Tati made that video because she was fed up with the whole makeup community not taking her seriously. Plus, he also believes that James Charles needed to be humbled down. Although, the way that happened was extreme.
He also shared that he is quitting the makeup and beauty world of YouTube as it is not for him.
During this, Morgan Adams has started to unfollow Jeffree Star which recently came on the headlines.