In this week's newsletter: Imagining the future of VidCon if it continues to have TikTok's influence, and how common it's become for creators to take short and long breaks from the internet.
Oh, and a lawsuit. The beauty guru addressed almost all of it in a new video.
An Influencer Was Mistaken To Be Anti-Vax When She Responded "No I'm 23" To A Question And Now It's Become A Meme
While people thought it was a hilarious and problematic response to the question, it appears Lucie Rose Donlan is based in the UK, where those in her age group are not yet eligible for the COVID vaccine.
A spokesperson for YouTube told BuzzFeed News the company will continue to stay involved in the annual convention "through new and different opportunities."
In one part of this week's newsletter: How über conservative spousal TikToks, however genuine or satirical, have become effective growth hacks.
YouTuber Jessi Smiles Released A Call With Gabbie Hanna About Having A Relationship With The Man Who Assaulted Her
Smiles tweeted that she "never planned to release" their recorded call, but she believes Hanna has continued to lie about her relationship with Curtis Lepore.
This 39-Year-Old Mom Has Gone Viral On TikTok For Sharing Pics From When She Starred In A Backstreet Boys Video
Devon Daniels was 17 when she appeared on TRL in 1999. She's now gone viral on TikTok for talking about it — and sharing some fun photos she took at the shoot.
The Quick Success Of Hailey Bieber’s YouTube Channel Is Both Validating And Invalidating To The Platform’s Biome
In this week's newsletter: How YouTube can pay better homage to the platform's original creators, and how Arielle Charnas is paying homage to her own brand by naming her baby after it.
"How *you* gettin' on?"
The chief of the Miami Police Department is calling these gun crimes "a public health epidemic."
MC Jin was the unofficial face of the AZN Pride movement in the aughts. He’s still grappling with his identity and the terms of his success.
In this week's newsletter: Bella Poarch's dullness is surprising and comforting, and an influencer announced she's taking a break and reassessing if she wants to make her "life available for public consumption."
A TikToker Went Super Viral After Accusing Converse Of Stealing A Design She Submitted For An Intern Application
"I don't think it's a coincidence," Cecilia Monge said in her now-viral TikTok. A spokesperson for Converse told BuzzFeed News the "National Parks" shoe line was conceived "before" Monge pitched her idea.
In one part of this week's newsletter: Really, really cool and really, really impressive videos under 60 seconds that should both be a threat and inspiration to Hollywood.
Don’t Meet Your Heroes. It Won’t Make Your Parasocial Relationship More Genuine — It’s Already Real!
In this week's newsletter: I write about how superfans are often shamed and told to form relationships with people "in real life," but the relationships they have with their faves are very, very real.
In response to the surge of racist violence, many Asian Americans are reconnecting with their ancestral cultures. But that’s not so easy for those who were adopted into white families.
In one half of this week's newsletter: I ramble about my newest existential crisis being an aging digital media writer for a young audience and their ever-changing online ecosystem.
David Of "David After Dentist" Is Now A 20-Year-Old College Student And Selling His Viral Video As An NFT
David DeVore Jr.'s dad told BuzzFeed News that profits from the sale will help fund college tuition for his two sons.
I Can’t Imagine The New Netflix Reality Shows About Influencers Will Do Any Good For The Industry’s Reputation
In this week's newsletter: shows about influencers may continue to be two-dimensional, and the already-controversial IG Loop giveaways just reached new toxic heights.
Weeks before she was fatally shot by Ohio police, the teen girl made mundane and charming TikToks that have since gone viral.