Why I Can No Longer Support Jeffree Star
Hi, how are ya? We gotta talk.
Anyone who knows me, knows how much makeup I have. Like, my collection is so big, I don't even have enough space to keep it all! My mom thinks I have a problem, and I mean, she's not wrong lol.
Over the past few years, my collection has been growing. I've been getting more comfortable and confident with my makeup skills (not that I was ever uncomfortable or shy with them), and have gotten super into trying out new techniques and always trying to create new looks. Every makeup product that I buy, or at least every palette, is an artistry palette. I'll admit, I am one of those people who would spend a ridiculous amount of money on a palette. But to me, it's all worth it.
About 2-3 years ago, I was introduced to Jeffree Star. I quickly became a huge fan and watched his videos on YouTube almost daily. I thought he was funny and I loved the witty banter he had in his videos, and just his general over-the-top personality. His reviews were always on point and I trusted what he had to say, whether it was about makeup or...drama. I always knew he was problematic, and that he was involved in a lot of drama in the beauty community, but it never seemed that serious to me.
Anyway, since then, I've spent hundreds of dollars on his makeup. I'm not gonna lie, the quality of his makeup is *chef's kiss*. I have about 7 or 8 of his palettes, plus a few lip glosses, highlighters, mirrors, you name it, I got it. *cue background music to 7 rings*.
Over the past week, a lot of light has been shed on Jeffree, and what he is really like as a person. There has been tons of drama channels making videos about him. I'm not usually one to believe everything these drama channels say about anyone, and they've always been talking about Jeffree, because come on, he's Jeffree Star, the king of drama. He literally named one of his dogs Drama. But, when so many people are coming forward saying similar things, it's hard not to believe them.
Watching all these videos, not only from drama channels, but also from his "friends" or "ex-friends", made me take a step back and re-evaluate why I support him. Why do I support a man who has a racist past, and has done nothing to change, even though he says he has, but continues to make racist remarks and comments? Why do I support a man who can't help but involve himself in petty drama? Why do I support a man who lied to the whole world and manipulated them into thinking a 19-year-old boy was a sexual predator, knowing he would get away with it? Yes, I'm talking about Dramageddon 2 with James Charles and Tati. Why do I support a man that has so little care for other people if they don't present him with financial value? Why is he only friends with people who he can make money off of?
Why do I support him?
I don't. Not anymore. I can no longer look past his flaws. I can no longer turn a blind eye to his hella problematic behavior. At a time like this, racism and bigotry cannot be tolerated.
People have always come for Jeffree, and for a long time, I was one of those people that defended him. But, I'm done. He's lost my respect, and he surely won't be getting any of my money anymore.