A white beauty influencer apologized for saying BIPOC and LGBTQ YouTubers are 'handed' their success by the platform
Lauren Mychal, better known as Mykie or Glam & Gore, wrote that she and Spankie Valentine were "very close at one point". Rachel Murray / Getty Images for NYX Professional Makeup, Rachel Murray / Getty Images for MASHUP LA (#MASHUPLA), YouTube / SWOOP
A well-known beauty, YouTuber with more than 4 million subscribers, apologized to her fans after leaked texts showed her on YouTube that "you will not be handed over at the moment" unless you are "a minority".
Glam & Gore, also known as Mykie, apologized after a former friend of hers - a minor beauty influencer named Spankie Valentine, AKA Swoop - made an hour-long exposé video about her, alleging microaggression against blacks and LGBTQ people .
"I was incredibly deaf," wrote Mykie, who is white, in her apology.
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A popular beauty, YouTuber known for her realistic special effects makeup, apologized to her 2 million Instagram followers after her former girlfriend accused her of racist microaggression and "used" YouTube celebrities James Charles and Jeffree Star .
Glam & Gore, also known as Mykie, has over 4 million subscribers on YouTube where they post bloody, often Halloween-inspired, makeup looks. She worked with controversial beauty guru Jeffree Star in 2018 and James Charles in 2019, but her ex-boyfriend Spankie Valentine says Mykie badged Star and Charles behind the scenes, seemingly negatively attributing their success to being gay.
In an hour-long exposé video uploaded to YouTube, Valentine (who also goes by Swoop) shared screenshots of private texts sent between her and 30-year-old Mykie, whose real name is Lauren Mychal. In a message, Mychal wrote: "It is difficult because from my point of view I feel like you will not be handed over - at the moment (especially on Youtube) unless you are a minority in the true sense of the word."
Glam & Gore transformed James Charles into the character from 'The Nun' in a video on their channel. YouTube / James Charles
Mychal apologized in a long Instagram story, writing, "I was incredibly deaf" and "A lot of my insecurities and jealousy issues came through in unfortunate ways."
"I was looking for an advantage I could find," Mychal wrote, trying to explain why she told Valentine that YouTube favors minorities. While two of the top beauty YouTubers - Charles and Star - are gay men, people of color, especially black men, have historically been banned from the top ranks of beauty influencers. There are no black men in the beauty community with more than 1 million subscribers.
Screenshots of the apology Mychal shared on her Instagram story. Instagram / @ mykie
Mychal also claimed that some of the text messages Valentine shared were "without the full context" of the conversation, but apologized to Valentine and the LGBTQ and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and Colored) communities. She also shared another screenshot of text she sent to Valentine in June 2020 the last time the two interacted with each other. She states that she is also a sexual assault survivor.
Mychal says she is also a sexual assault survivor. Instagram / @ mykie
Valentine described Mychal as a "narcissist" who engaged in racist microaggression, including two offensive old videos
Valentine is a smaller beauty influencer and YouTuber with over 200,000 subscribers. In her apology, Mychal said she and Valentine were "very close" when Valentine said Mychal was microaggressive towards other YouTubers and marginalized groups in front of her.
Valentine accused Mychal of racist and homophobic microaggressions, which she defined as "everyday verbal and non-verbal insults that turn out to be hostile, derogatory prejudices against marginalized groups".
Valentine said Mychal privately attacked other YouTubers while performing on their channels and behaving friendly in public, particularly Charles, Star and embattled musician Gabbie Hanna. Valentine has shared screenshots that she says are texts from Mychal about Charles that say, "I don't understand the fascination with him at all" and "he's too immature to give credit to a child."
Valentine said Mychal texted her through Charles when Mychal texted Charles to coordinate the video they made for Charles' YouTube channel in 2019. She also said Mychal told her that she would not let Star appear on her channel because it was "too controversial", but that Mychal appeared on Star's channel in 2018.
At the beginning of their friendship, Valentine said she saw micro-aggressions from Mychal like Mychal and another unnamed white influencer who said cultural appropriation wasn't racist during a brand trip, and Mychal said she was a victim of racism before.
It included screenshots of Mychal's previous tweets, including a 2015 tweet that read, "I heard from several WOCs that I shouldn't help them with MAC because I am white and can't help them," and a 2017 tweet with the inscription "Must drink the racist Kool-Aid" Everything is racist. "
Valentine also brought up two of Mychal's old videos that have since been removed. In a 2014 tutorial that showed viewers how to fake bruises with makeup, Mychal called the look "Rihanna-inspired," referring to the singer's attack in 2009. In 2017, Mychal was criticized for a video that in which she mimicked the bloody face of an American Airlines passenger who was forcibly removed from a flight on camera.
The specific incident Mychal addressed in her apology revolved around her response to Valentine's revelation that she was feeling depressed, in part because of her experience of racism. Mychal apparently replied, "It's difficult for me to ponder practical advice there because from my own perspective I feel the same from the other side."
Valentine shared texts from Mychal which she says said James Charles was "less talented" and "still successful" because he is gay. YouTube / SWOOP
Valentine says Mychal used the conversation to attack Charles again. He wrote that Charles was "no better or smarter" and "less talented" than her, and that "he still succeeds" because he is a gay man.
Valentine also said Mychal used a minor video idea from a black creator and refused to pay tribute to him, and that Mychal showed performative activism during the widespread protests against Black Lives Matter in 2020. Later, when Mychal and Mychal's girlfriend confronted Valentine about their social media posts, Valentine said they were using "gaslighting," a type of manipulation to get someone to question their own reality, memory, or perception in order to get them away to convince that Mychal was not micro-aggressive.
Valentine and Mychal did not respond to Insiders' request for comment.
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