Miranda Sings Responds to James Charles, Tati Westbrook Drama
Less than a week after beauty blogger Tati Westbrook published her expose video against ex-friend James Charles, the YouTube community remains shaken by the controversy. Some of the platform's biggest creators have responded, including PewDiePie (95 million subscribers), Jeffree Star (14.8 million subscribers), and now, Miranda Sings (10 million subscribers).
Miranda, a satirical character played by YouTube sensation Colleen Ballinger, made her Internet debut in 2008. As a result of her career spanning over a decade, the over-drawn red lipstick-wearing character has uploaded more 500 videos and garnered a total of 1.9 billion views.
Known for her quotable lines and eccentric personality, Ballinger's alter-ego is far from a scandalous YouTuber and rarely involves herself in YouTube-based drama—until now. Citing the onset of the Charles / Westbrook feud, Miranda said she was "literally forced to make this video."
Based on the video's timing and title, audiences suspected Miranda would talk about Charles and Westbrook directly. However, the character called out the entire YouTube community.
The comedian opens up the video with an effort to "expose" herself so she can gain more subscribers and money. The tone quickly changes, however, and the end of the video as the OG YouTuber reflects on how the community has changed.
"Basically, all of 2019 is about exposing and canceling people. It just makes you more famous, richer and I'm just really grateful for that," Miranda sarcastically said during her video. "It makes it a lot easier for me, cause then I don't have to do a lot of work, I can just talk bad [about people]."
"YouTube used to be a place where all these people collab, do challenges and have 'fun,' and show off their 'talents,'–boring," she continued. "This is so much better, this 'tea' and hate ... so fun."
She tearfully concluded: "It feels so good to be a part of this YouTube family."
As a character who rarely humanizes herself, fans were completely shocked to find Miranda visibly emotional and fighting tears.
"You know it’s bad when MIRANDA SINGS breaks down," YouTube user Oliver VanNess commented.
"The ending made me cry, but I’m glad someone is acknowledging how people are 'exposing people' for publicity," WhatDaFaccio E wrote.
"You make us laugh. You make us cry. You make us look at an internet situation and make our heart hurt. You're a genius," Vintage Moon added.
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