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All the ways beauty YouTubers James Charles and Tati Westbrook have been affected by their explosive public feud

All the ways beauty YouTubers James Charles and Tati Westbrook have been affected by their explosive public feud

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James Charles is on the left, and Tati Westbrook is on the right.

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  • On Friday, beauty vlogger Tati Westbrook announced the end of her longtime friendship with makeup artist James Charles in a YouTube video titled “Bye Sister.”
  • Since the video was posted, Charles has lost nearly three million YouTube subscribers, while Westbrook has gained more followers than that amount.
  • Multiple celebrities have also unfollowed Charles on Instagram, and his merchandise website appears to have been taken down.
  • Westbrook, who typically posts new YouTube videos at least three times a week, has not uploaded anything to the platform since Friday. However, she has been publicly supported by stars like Shane Dawson.
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Beauty vloggers James Charles and Tati Westbrook have had a whirlwind week.

On Friday, Westbrook released a 43-minute-long video in which she ended her friendship with Charles, claiming that he used her to achieve fame and success. She also accused the 19-year-old of trying to manipulate others using his “fame, power, and money.”

Since her video was released, Charles has lost nearly three million YouTube subscribers, while Westbrook has gained just as many. Charles has also lost a number of celebrity Instagram followers, and Westbrook has yet to upload a new YouTube video, which she typically does at least three times a week.

Below, take a look at all the ways Westbrook and Charles appear to have been affected since their public feud.

Since Tati Westbrook publicly ended her friendship with James Charles on Friday, the 19-year-old makeup mogul has lost nearly three million YouTube subscribers.

James Charles’ live subscriber count on Tuesday.

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Westbrook, however, appears to have gained the number of subscribers that Charles has lost.

Tati Westbrook’s live subscriber count on Tuesday.

Social Blade

Before posting her “Bye Sister” video on Friday, Westbrook had a following of more than 5.9 million on YouTube. At the time of writing, her Social Blade page shows her having 10 million subscribers and counting.

A live counter has been created to track their respective subscriber counts.

The subscriber counts of Westbrook and Charles are being livestreamed on YouTube.

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Since Friday, a channel on YouTube called Tea4Real has been hosting a subscriber-count livestream. The live video shows the changing number of subscribers held by Westbrook and Charles respectively.

The video also lists the number of subscribers the two had prior to their feud.

Charles has lost tons of celebrity Instagram followers.

James Charles and Kim Kardashian West at the KKW Beauty launch in 2017.

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So far, at least eight celebrities have unfollowed the makeup artist on Instagram: Kim Kardashian West, Kylie Jenner, Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, and Zhavia Ward.

Charles was also unfollowed by seven major YouTube stars, including Jeffree Star, Ethan and Grayson Dolan, Emma Chamberlain, Ricky Dillon, Antonio Garza, and, of course, Tati Westbrook.

Former fans of Charles’ are retaliating against the makeup mogul by destroying his namesake eye-shadow palette.

A TikTok user burns their James Charles x Morphe eye-shadow palette.

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YouTube stars like Jeffree Star, Shane Dawson, and Trisha Paytas seemingly endorsed Westbrook’s vitamin brand, Halo Beauty.

Shane Dawson.

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Following Westbrook’s video on Friday, YouTuber Trisha Paytas took to Twitter to announce that she purchased vitamins from the beauty vlogger’s brand, Halo Beauty.

“24 hours ago I had no idea what a Tati was and now I’m buying every product she has,” Paytas wrote on Twitter. “Mainly cause I need my hair to grow.”

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When a fan replied and said the vitamins work, Dawson answered his tweet: “It really does!! I use it daily!! Not spon! haha.”

While the two are not formally sponsored by Westbrook or her brand, the timely stamp of approval from Dawson and Paytas showed many fans that YouTube fan-favorites had taken sides.

That said, on Monday, Dawson spoke about the feud in an Instagram story, and seemed to offer a more heartfelt take on the public drama without necessarily picking a side.

“Even though I believe some people need to be humbled I also could never enjoy watching someone go through something like this,” he said, adding that he wants to “focus on good stuff” and that he feels like he has “tea poisoning from all this drama.”

Westbrook’s vitamin brand is said to have seen an “unexpected influx of orders” after the release of her video.

Tati Westbrook showcases her product, Halo Beauty.

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According to one Twitter user, Halo Beauty sent an email to people who recently placed orders, informing them that the brand is “a few days behind” its shipping process.

“Due to an unexpected influx of orders, we are a few days behind processing your shipment,” Halo Beauty appears to have written in an email sent to customers. “Please know that our Halo elves are hard at work, and everything should be running smoothly by the end of this week!”

However, Westbrook hasn’t uploaded a new YouTube video since Friday.

Tati Westbrook in a May 2019 YouTube video.

Tati Westbrook/YouTube

The beauty vlogger typically uploads content three times a week, but has been nearly silent since her Friday video.

On Twitter, she said that she wouldn’t post a video on Monday because her “heart is still too heavy.”

“I feel like I need to remind you that we can hold truth & inspire change without grabbing onto hate,” Westbrook said in a tweet. “Honor your blessings, don’t abuse them. Celebrating pain will only bring it to your door. Love you guys, see you soon.”

Charles faced additional backlash in Australia, where he delayed a meet-and-greet, seemingly as a result of his feud.

YouTubers Dan Locke and Chloe Macdonald.

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In the midst of the feud on Friday, Charles made an appearance at the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre in Queensland, Australia, for a meet-and-greet and Q&A.

According to fans who attended the event, Charles arrived two hours late, leaving many fans stranded outside in hot weather.

YouTubers Chloe Macdonald and Dan Locke, who are behind a channel called Exploration Date, also attended the event, and vlogged their experience. In their video, Macdonald and Locke said they waited two hours for Charles to arrive and that he “wasn’t himself” during his five-minute-long Q&A session.

Charles’ merchandise website, Sisters Apparel, appears to have been taken down since Westbrook’s video was released.

The Sisters Apparel website said it would be “opening soon” on Monday.

Sisters Apparel

The website once stocked sweatshirts, T-shirts, joggers, phone cases, and other products emblazoned with Charles’ catchphrase: “sisters.”

But on Monday, a visit to the Sisters Apparel website brought viewers to a black-and-white page that read, “Will be opening soon…” The website also said it is “currently under construction,” and offered an email sign-up for fans to learn about “launch updates.”

On Tuesday, the website appeared to have undergone another change, as a privacy-error message appears on its homepage.

While Charles and Sisters Apparel have yet to share any information about the website, some fans believe that Jeffree Star might have something to do with its apparent disappearance.

On Twitter, fans have pointed out that Sisters Apparel is stocked by Killer Merch, a company that Jeffree Star co-owns. Some believe that, because Star has sided with Westbrook, he may have chosen to remove Charles’ website from his company’s roster.

Representatives for James Charles and Tati Westbrook did not immediately reply to INSIDER’s request for comment.

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The Odd Fascination of the YouTube Beauty Wars

The Odd Fascination of the YouTube Beauty Wars

A spat involving the beauty vlogger James Charles shows that one shouldn’t underestimate the value that authenticity, or at least a performance of it, carries in the influencer marketplace.

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On a recent Monday, the beauty influencer James Charles made his way up the pink-carpeted steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as a first-time attendee of the annual Costume Institute Gala. Charles, a nineteen-year-old who has become known in the past three and a half years for sharing makeup tutorials on his popular and lucrative YouTube channel, was wearing a diaphanous Alexander Wang top, custom-made of scores of safety pins, coupled with a pair of cinched and shiny black trousers. His face was painted and contoured, as it often is, to dramatic effect—his skin matte, his dark eyeliner winged, his lips a deep taupe. Compared with the other celebrities at the Met, like Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, Charles was a relative nobody. But among beauty vloggers on YouTube whose followers number millions—many of them Gen Z-ers fluent in the medium—Charles is a superstar.

When he began his career, Charles was an unknown gay teen-ager who dabbled in makeup while living with his parents in a small town in upstate New York. And though his fortunes have risen exponentially since then—he served as the first male spokesmodel for CoverGirl, came out with his own makeup and athleisure collections, and reportedly made millions along the way—his persona, which captivated early fans, has remained unchanged. He refers to his followers as “Sisters” (an epithet that also conveniently serves as the brand name of his clothing line) and continues to affect the sassy, hyper-excitable manner of your ingratiatingly gossipy high-school B.F.F. In a video posted a day after the Met Gala, he breathlessly takes his subscribers, who then numbered over sixteen million, behind the scenes of his preparations for the ball, from the initial invitation (“I am so beyond excited and grateful to tell you that we have been invited to the 2019 Met Gala”) to the car ride to the museum (“I’m so nervous right now, my arm is literally shaking . . . This is a really amazing step forward for YouTubers and the community”) and the event’s aftermath, which he describes while whispering in what looks like a hotel bathroom (“That was so. Much. Fun. Oh, my God, you guys”).

But after the peak came the tumble. On Friday, another hugely popular YouTube influencer named Tati Westbrook (subscriber count: nine and a half million), who, at thirty-seven, is an elder of the community and a mentor to Charles, released a video titled “Bye sister. . . .” In it, Westbrook—an impeccably made-up brunette who, like Charles, streams makeup tutorials—expressed her intention to cut ties with her fellow-influencer. The video begins with an “in happier days”–style montage, showcasing moments in which Westbrook gave her friend support—wearing her Sisters-branded hoodie, shouting out Charles’s YouTube channel, promoting his eyeshadow palette. She then proceeds to give a forty-some-minute blow-by-blow of how Charles hurt her, most notably by refusing to promote Halo Beauty, her beauty-supplement brand (he had said that his followers were too young to be the target audience for a line of vitamins), and then doing a sponsored post for a competing supplement, named, delightfully, SugarBearHair. (In the video, Westbrook also expresses her discomfort at Charles’s alleged attempts to seduce straight men who she said were uninterested in his advances, a claim that Charles himself did not directly counter later in a response, saying only that, in his love life, he has been “involved in many unique and strange situations” and has “learned the hard way about ways I can interact with boys I’m interested in and also ones I should or shouldn’t be talking to.”)

Watching Westbrook’s video, I might have felt boredom (forty-three minutes?), but, instead, I felt the excitement that must overwhelm an anthropologist discovering a lost culture, obscure but oddly fascinating, with its own dramas, alliances, and enmities. Added to this effect was the comedy of the gaping chasm between the flimsiness of the conflict and its melodramatic presentation. Speaking directly to the camera, her hair and skin smooth and gleaming and her legs drawn up to her chest, Westbrook’s tone often seems more appropriate for a bereavement support group than a skirmish kindled by a supplement sponsorship. At one point, she claims that she feels betrayed because she and her husband helped Charles with business decisions for years, without expecting payment in return. “Life will never stop being painful,” she says. “No matter where in the world you are, no matter your circumstances, you are always going to experience heartbreak, and that’s part of being human.” Viewers responded enthusiastically. “Tati is no longer a beauty guru… she’s a freaking legendary life guru,” a fan wrote, in a comment that received a hundred and seventy-four thousand likes. In response, Charles came out with his own YouTube statement, in which he appears weepy and makeup-less, apologizes in vague terms to Westbrook and her husband for “everything I have put you through over the last few weeks,” and promises, in possibly even vaguer terms, to “continue to learn and grow every single day.” (He also said that he didn’t receive any payment for his SugarBearHair promotion and instead did it as a favor to the company; SugarBearHair, he said, had recently given him an artist pass when he felt “unsafe” in the less secure V.I.P. area at the Coachella music festival—the traditional ground zero for influencer drama.)

In an Instagram post from the Met Gala earlier in the week, Charles had written, “Being invited to such an important event like the ball is such an honor and a step forward in the right direction for influencer representation in the media and I am so excited to be a catalyst.” His suggestion that influencers are a marginalized group that deserves affirmative-action-style media attention was justifiably met with derision, but it did evoke the strange, liminal position that they occupy. On the one hand, people like Charles and Westbrook—so-called civilians who have amassed millions of followers through a combination of relentless vlogging and a savvily fashioned persona—now wield enormous financial power by using their accounts to promote brands. (One report predicts that the influencer economy will be worth ten billion dollars by 2020; Instagram recently partnered with several prominent influencers to test out a program that would enable direct sales on the social-media platform.) On the other hand, influencers’ power relies on their relatability. (“I want to show you guys that, no matter who you are, you can make it,” Westbrook says, feelingly, toward the end of her “Bye sister . . .” video. “I had freaking nothing, nothing, when I started out.”) Traditional celebrities serve as powerful marketing tools precisely because, though we are enticed by the fantasy that they offer, we understand that we could never really be like them. With influencers, conversely, it feels like, with a little help and a little of their product, we could be. Influencers: they’re just like us.

An influencer is, by definition, a creature of commerce. Unlike with a traditional celebrity, there is no creative project necessary to back up the shilling of products (say, a movie franchise used to promote merchandise)—the shilling is the project. But, paradoxically, the commercial sway that influencers hold over their fans depends on their distinctive authenticity: the sense that they are just ordinary people who happen to be recommending a product that they enjoy. Charles’s sin, according to Westbrook, was trading their friendship for lucre (or at least a Coachella pass). “My relationship with James Charles is not transactional,” Westbrook says in her video. “I have not asked him for a penny, I have never been on his Instagram.” Railing against Charles’s SugarBearHair sponsored post, she continues, “You say you don’t like the brand. You say that you’re the realest, that you can’t be bought. Well, you just were.” Later in the video, she takes on a Holden Caulfield-like tone: “You should have walked away. You should have held on to your integrity. You’re a phony.” She, herself, she claims, would never pay anyone to promote her beauty supplement in a sponsored post: “My product is good enough on its own. We’re selling like hot cakes.” Indeed, one shouldn’t underestimate the value that authenticity, or at least a performance of it, carries in the influencer marketplace. Since “Bye sister . . .” was posted, it has been viewed a staggering forty-three million times, and Westbrook has gained three million subscribers. Charles has lost roughly the same number.

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Beauty YouTuber Nikita Dragun shared screenshots of her texts with James Charles to help clear his name, but some people think the photos are proof that he lied

Beauty YouTuber Nikita Dragun shared screenshots of her texts with James Charles to help clear his name, but some people think the photos are proof that he lied

  • On Monday, beauty YouTuber Nikita Dragun shared screenshots of texts with James Charles to clear his name after a public feud with vlogger Tati Westbrook.
  • Westbrook accused Charles of manipulating people and using friends for fame in a video after he promoted sleep vitamins from Sugar Bear Hair, a competitor of Westbrook’s vitamin line Halo Beauty.
  • The texts date back to April 20 at 7:20 p.m., when Charles was attending weekend two of Coachella. According to Dragun’s screenshots, Charles asked to be connected with the Sugar Bear Hair team in the hopes of gaining extra security at the festival.
  • People on social media now believe that Dragun’s screenshots are further proof that Charles lied about his vitamin sponsorship, as many feel that the timestamps don’t match up to the actual events.
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On Tuesday, beauty YouTuber Nikita Dragun entered the feud between James Charles and Tati Westbrook in an attempt to clear his name.

Dragun shared screenshots of text messages with Charles to show that she had introduced the 19-year-old makeup mogul to the beauty vitamin brand Sugar Bear Hair at Coachella. After this, Charles promoted sleep vitamins from Sugar Bear Hair — a competitor of Westbrook’s line of beauty vitamins Halo Beauty — in a video on his Instagram story.

Later, Westbrook accused Charles of manipulating people and using friends for fame in a 43-minute-long video.

We know it’s a lot. Let’s break it down.

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Dragun’s messages appear to show that Charles reached out through her to Sugar Bear Hair to get an upgraded pass at Coachella that could give him access to further security

According to the screenshotted text messages that Dragun shared, Charles had asked her to connect him to the Sugar Bear Hair team on April 20 at 7:20 p.m. while at Coachella, where he seemingly hoped to get more security at the festival by way of “extra artist passes” in exchange for a sponsored post on social media.

Coachella sells general admission tickets in addition to giving out producer, artist, and VIP passes to get into different levels of access at the event. An artist pass is one of the ultimate VIP tickets at Coachella.

Within a span of three minutes, it appears that Dragun reached out to the vitamin company, and was able to obtain passes for Charles.

“Heard a situation needed some clarification,” Dragun captioned her screenshots. “My friend was in an emergency and texted me in the moment […] I connected him with Sugar Bear. Nothing shady.”

“Babe can you do me a favor and text your Sugar Bear person and ask if they have any extra artist passes for this weekend and that I’ll story,” Charles texted Dragon on April 20. “I’m in VIP and am getting attacked. Need help lol.”

“Yeah of course, two secs,” Dragun responded to Charles. “They said yes. Can I give them your number?”

A different YouTube channel said Charles lied in a direct message with them and said Sugar Bear Hair reached out to him — not the other way around, like Dragun’s screenshots suggest

The following day, a drama channel on YouTube called TeaSpillYT, which is run anonymously, took to Twitter to share screenshots of messages they claim to have previously exchanged with Charles.

In their screenshots, the makeup artist appears to claim that Sugar Bear Hair reached out to him first.

“So I was getting mobbed like crazy and the Sugar Bear team heard about it from a few influencers that were there,” Charles told TeaSpillYT. “And they texted me and were like hey James we have an extra artist and safari pass for you and a friend if you need to get backstage.”

“Sister lied to me,” TeaSpillYT wrote on Twitter.

The anonymous user also shared another screenshot of more messages they claim to have exchanged with Charles.

The second screenshot appears to show that the makeup artist was approached by Sugar Bear Hair.

“They said one Instagram story for our new sleep vitamins and you can post after the festival on Monday,” James told TeaSpillYT. “And I said gimme the pen to sign. Like there was no thought, no emotion behind it other than panic and wanting to be able to enjoy the festival.”

Many people on Twitter think Dragun’s screenshots don’t actually help Charles’ case at all

Many people on Twitter seem to believe Dragun’s screenshots suggest that Charles lied, as the makeup artist said in his advertisement that he met Sugar Bear Hair on weekend one of Coachella, which took place from April 12 to April 14. In the same advertisement, he also said the brand helped him with security during the festival, though it’s unclear if they provided assistance during the first or second weekend of the festival.

Other Twitter users feel that it’s unlikely that a brand would be able to create accommodations for Charles so quickly and at such short notice.

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Some people feel that regardless of who reached out to who, Charles should not have promoted vitamins he hadn’t actually used.

Dragun, however, defended her screenshots and said she doesn’t have time to “fake texts.”

Beauty vlogger Gabriel Zamora also defended Dragun’s screenshots by replying to a fan on Twitter.

Representatives for Nikita Dragun, James Charles, and Sugar Bear Hair did not immediately reply to INSIDER’s requests for comment.

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Shocker at Oracle, or do weary Blazers come up empty in Game 1? My video game has an answer – KGW.com

Shocker at Oracle, or do weary Blazers come up empty in Game 1? My video game has an answer – KGW.com

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My copy of NBA 2K19 has correctly simulated the Portland Trail Blazers’ past five games. Late Monday night, I fired it up and simmed Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors.

PORTLAND, Ore. — At some point, the magic has to run out, right?

Eleven days ago, I fired up my copy of NBA 2K19 and simulated Game 3 of the Trail Blazers’ second-round series against the Nuggets. 2K simulated a Blazers win.

Using the same copy of NBA 2K19 — a Christmas gift from my loving children this year — I simmed Games 4 and 5. 2K simulated Nuggets wins in both of those games.

Three correct simulations in a row. A pattern was emerging.

Four days ago, sitting in my screening room upstairs at my house in Sherwood (where every simulation has taken place), I simmed Game 6. Season on the line for the Blazers. Back home at the Moda Center. Win or go home.

A Blazers win, 2K said.

And the real-life Blazers obliged, beating the Nuggets 119-108 to force a Game 7, scoring the exact number of points my copy of 2K simmed before the game. Four correct simulations in a row.

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I was certain that was it, though. Surely 2K would send the Blazers home for the summer in a Game 7 simulation. The Nuggets were the higher seed. They were at home (where they lost only seven games in the regular season), and had blasted the Blazers by 26 points in their most recent game in Denver.

But I simulated anyway.

Surprise! Blazers 105, Nuggets 96.

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I wrote up an article about the second simulation for KGW.com before the Blazers and Nuggets tipped off Game 7 in real life. But I’ll admit, I thought this was the end of my 2K simulation fun. The Nuggets were going to win, right? Home teams win Game 7 almost 80% of the time in the NBA playoffs.

But the Blazers had other ideas. They proved me wrong and my copy of 2K right. Portland bounced back from a double-digit deficit in the first half, just like my 2K sim predicted, and won a game in which they held the Nuggets to 96 points, just like my 2K sim predicted.

Five straight correct simulations by my copy of 2K, the last one the most unlikely of them all, and now the Blazers are heading to the Western Conference finals to face the best team in the NBA, the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

It seems likely 2K, even my “enchanted” copy, will sim a bunch of Warriors wins and eliminate the Blazers. They are the Warriors, after all. But I have to keep it going until the spell is broken.

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So, on Monday night, I sat down with my copy of 2K in my upstairs screening room at my house in Sherwood, and I simulated Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Remember my rules for simulation. No fudging player ratings. No do-overs. One take. No cheating.

I set the rotations for both teams, important because of injuries that will keep key players out of Game 1. I put Kevin Durant (he’ll miss Game 1 with a calf strain) on the injured list for the Warriors, and then used Game 6 of their second-round series against the Rockets, a game they won without Durant, as the blueprint to set their rotation and the minutes for each player.

I used the average minutes of each Blazers player in the playoffs to set the rotation for Portland, moved Rodney Hood to the injured list (he’s questionable for Game 1 with a bruised knee bone), and split up his minutes between Zach Collins, Al-Farouq Aminu, Maurice Harkless and Evan Turner.

Then I hit “Simulate Game.”

And 2K says — drumroll, please — Blazers 113, Warriors 110, overtime.

So, either a ton of Blazers fans are going to be very happy on Tuesday night at the conclusion of Game 1, and I’ll need to put my copy of 2K in a safety deposit box to keep it safe from Warriors fans who will surely try to steal it and destroy it … or the magic will run out and my copy of 2K will just go back to being a normal, boring, not-enchanted copy of 2K.

We’ll all know, one way or the other, by Tuesday night.

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In the meantime, let’s take a look at what 2K simulated, what looks realistic and what looks like it may be stretching the limits of reality.

Guard play rules: It’s not a surprise, considering the makeup of these two teams, to see the starting guards playing so well in this simulation. CJ McCollum has been on fire in the playoffs and in this simulated game, he doesn’t let up, scoring 33 points on 14 of 28 shooting. Damian Lillard adds 28 points and 11 assists, though he continues to struggle with his shot, shooting 8 of 21 from the field and 5 of 14 from the 3-point-line. For the Warriors, Stephen Curry leads the way with 31 points on 11 of 25 shooting, and Klay Thompson pours in 28 on 12 of 23 marksmanship. Not unrealistic at all.

Blazers big men: Enes Kanter and Al-Farouq Aminu both notch double-doubles for the Blazers. Kanter finishes with 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Aminu totals 14 points and 13 rebounds. Kanter’s numbers are pretty well on par with his postseason stats. Aminu’s production in this simulated game isn’t a stretch. He’s played well against the Warriors, including in the playoffs. In the 2015-16 postseason, he averaged 17.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in a second-round series against the Warriors.

Draymond wreaks havoc: Draymond Green fills up the stat sheet with 18 points, seven rebounds, five blocks, four assists and three steals. Seems about right. Green has been playing really well in the playoffs, and he always seems to get up for Portland.

Another Blazers rally: After coming back from a 17-point deficit in Game 7 against the Nuggets, in this simulated Game 1, the Blazers trail by as much as 21 points and are down 14 entering the fourth quarter and storm all the way back to tie the game and then win it in overtime. Realistic? I don’t know. Portland rallied against Denver, and in Game 5 against the Thunder, they came back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to win. So yeah, it could happen.

Rebounding saves the day: The team stats are pretty even across the board. Nothing really sticks out too much, except one. The Blazers grab 20 offensive rebounds, and it looks like those extra possessions help. Portland gets up eight more field goal attempts than Golden State, but is able to match the Warriors’ made field goals despite shooting a lower percentage, thanks to those extra offensive possessions.

The real Game 1 starts Tuesday night at 6 p.m. on ESPN. I mean, we already know what’s going to happen, but go ahead and tune in anyway. Just for fun.

Jared Cowley writes about the Trail Blazers and other topics for KGW.com. He’s also the co-host of the 3-on-3 Blazers podcast (listen here). You can reach him on Twitter @jaredcowley.

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All the people who have responded to James Charles’ explosive feud with Tati Westbrook

All the people who have responded to James Charles’ explosive feud with Tati Westbrook

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Fellow YouTubers like Jeffree Star and Nikita Dragun have tweeted about the James Charles and Tati Westbrook feud.

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Star also sent a tweet to Charles’ brother, Ian Jeffrey, that labeled James as a ‘predator’

Jeffree Star sent a heated tweet to James Charles’ brother.

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When Jeffrey tweeted, “Why does everyone act so tough over the internet?,” Star responded with “Why is your brother a predator?? Why’d you really move back to NYC? Exactly. Shut the f— up.”

This tweet has also since been deleted, though can be seen on Revelist.

Another fellow YouTuber, Shane Dawson, sent a tweet that seemed to reference the drama.

Shane Dawson seemed to allude to the drama on Twitter.

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Dawson also gave a glowing review of Westbrook’s Halo Beauty vitamins.

Shane Dawson shared his love of Halo Beauty.

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Westbrook’s Halo Beauty brand of vitamins became a major source of conflict in the explosive feud after Charles posted an ad for a competing brand called Sugar Bear Hair.

Two days after Westbrook’s video, Dawson tweeted photos of his results from using her vitamins alongside a glowing review and the caption, “drama aside, I have something to say.”

YouTuber Gabriel Zamora questioned Westbrook’s side of the story in a scathing Snapchat video.

Gabriel Zamora shared his thoughts on Snapchat.

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Zamora became a key factor in the feud when Westbrook said his “Makeup and Opinions” video inspired her to address the situation publicly. In the video, Zamora questioned why she was being vague about the situation and why she didn’t address Charles by name.

YouTube user THE VIEWERS VOICE shared a clip of Zamora’s subsequent Snapchat response video, where he says that the manipulative behavior Westbrook accused Charles of was instigated by the straight man in question. He also calls her a “fraud” for perpetuating the “predatory” angle of the story.

A young man claiming to be the waiter from Seattle that Westbrook spoke about in her video uploaded a video telling his side of the story.

A video from someone claiming to be the waiter Tati mentioned started to circulate shortly after.

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In Westbrook’s video, she says that James was “talking in detail about things [he] wanted to do to the waiter,” during her birthday party. When Westbrook said, “James, he’s straight,” she said Charles replied with, “doesn’t matter, I’m a celebrity.”

A video from a young man who claims to be the waiter was soon uploaded to YouTube. It has not been confirmed that he’s the waiter in question, though the video does feature a Facetime call between him and Charles, as well as several messages.

In the waiter’s video, he says that he reached out to Charles via Instagram and the two formed a relationship. Though he says he was bi-curious at the time, he eventually decided to end things with Charles after deciding he was straight.

The waiter has since deleted the video, but it has been shared by YouTube user Shan x.

Beauty YouTuber Nikita Dragun tweeted text messages Charles sent her when he asked for help with security.

Nikita Dragun shared her text messages from James Charles.

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Charles’ initial Instagram story ad for Sugar Bear Hair claims the brand helped him with security during Coachella. Dragun posted screenshots of her text messages with James when he asked her to put him in contact with representatives for Sugar Bear Hair.

In the texts, Charles asks Dragun if her contacts from Sugar Bear Hair can provide him with an Artist pass and extra security, as he claims he was being “attacked” in the less secure areas of Coachella. He also writes that he will post an Instagram story in exchange for the pass.

“Heard a situation needed some clarification,” Dragun tweeted alongside the screenshots of Charles’ texts. “My friend was in an emergency and texted me in the moment … unfortunately since @dragunbeauty used all of our marketing budget on the fantasy i connected him with sugar bear. nothing shady.”

Westbrook herself followed up with a message on Twitter on Sunday.

Tati Westbrook broke her silence on Twitter.

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“There won’t be a video tomorrow,” Westbrook wrote to her fans in her first Twitter post since uploading the video. “My heart is still too heavy. I feel like I need to remind you that we can hold truth & inspire change without grabbing onto hate. Honor your blessings, don’t abuse them. Celebrating pain will only bring it to your door. love you guys, see you soon.”

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The boys’ locker room meme is a sh*tposter’s dream

The boys’ locker room meme is a sh*tposter’s dream

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By Chloe Bryan

Any meme that inspires someone to post that pic of the Doritos and the isopods is a good meme. Thus, this stupid “boys vs. girls locker room” meme is good. I don’t make the rules!

According to Know Your Meme, the meme began on the Russian social media platform VK, then made its way to English-speaking subreddits late last week. It “highlights” the “difference” between girls’ and boys’ locker rooms. In the world of the meme, that difference is that girls gossip and complain while boys do some kind of unhinged, surreal group activity.

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It’s worth noting that the meme involves a problematic gender binary. For one thing, people cannot be divided into “girls” and “boys” — even though most locker rooms still are. Plus, there are plenty of female students who aren’t worried about P.E. messing up their makeup (though it does, and it’s stupid to have that class in the middle of the morning when you still have a full school day ahead of you).

But “girls vs. boys” isn’t really the point of the meme, which has evolved into something so nonsensical it now appears to mock the gender divide inherent to its format. The point of the meme, as far as I can tell, is to find the dumbest thing you can, then post it. (Some of the choices are comically hyper-masculine, which makes sense, but others are just weird in general.)

And people are really delivering.

Girl’s Locker Room: “Oh my god, did you see the new eye-liner Rebecca bought? It looks gorgeous!”

Boy’s Locker Room: pic.twitter.com/9A7j3vPj8y

— Masahiro Sakurai (@Nin_SmashBros) May 13, 2019

A few people have reversed the concept, choosing a bizarre image or video for the girls’ locker room instead. Equal opportunity shitposting, baby!

boy’s locker room: bro ur gonna be at the party tonight right? yea dude we’re gonna get so wasted

girl’s locker room: pic.twitter.com/m0ncuptLER

— Animal Spirit from Hell 🐀 (@tuck__v) May 13, 2019

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