People are finally starting to catch on that being a woman online is rough. Even celebrities such as Lady Gaga have to deal with body-shaming, name-calling, and all around bullying. It can really take a toll on you. And when it it comes to who is the target of trolls, you can add in members of the LGBTQ+ community. Both Jeffree Star and Manny MUA, a.k.a. Manny Gutierrez, are exposing this truth in a new YouTube video. It’s really shocking the mean, hateful comments they get every single day.
In the description for the video on Star’s channel, titled READING MEAN HATE COMMENTS feat. MANNY MUA, he explains how they did this for “comedy purposes only.” He writes: “We just want to shed light on the other side of YouTube and how insane some people can be! Hope you all can get a laugh from us!” While sometimes you really do need to just laugh at your haters and not give them the time of day, these kinds of comments aren’t funny for most people who have to deal with them. In fact, they’re extremely hurtful and offensive.
“They’re dark,” Star warns in the video before he and Gutierrez start reading the mean comments. Most of the things said are gay slurs, such as the word “faggot.” Both men admit they’ve been called that homophobic word their whole lives. “Faggot is such a dumb word. It’s just the same thing over and over,” Star says.
In addition to all the homophobia, the guys also get told “neck yourself,” though they don’t know what it means. Well, it’s a slang way to say “go kill yourself,” or “hang yourself” which is a really scary thing to read on YouTube. These comments can have dire consequences. According to the Trevor Project, the rate of suicide attempts is four times greater for lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth than straight-identifying teens and young adults (it’s even higher for transgender people). Plus, each “episode of LGBT victimization” either physical abuse or verbal harassment, “increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.” It’s that real.
Another theme of the duo’s comments surrounds the insane idea that only women can wear makeup. This isn’t new. James Charles has been on the receiving end of these comments in the past, and we’ve seen some backlash to him becoming a face of CoverGirl. Gutierrez reads one comment that says: “What’s the world coming to?” Well, it’s becoming one that’s more accepting of people wearing whatever they damn well please, including a full face of makeup. And if someone has a problem with that, then I would suggest just not watching it. Because the world is going to keep becoming more and more inclusive whether a handful of trolls like it or not.
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Watch the video from Jeffree Star and Manny MUA below but be warned that it’s NSFW and contains words that may feel triggering for some.
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