Front Burner

Beef, bucks and beauty on YouTube

Internet culture reporter Abby Ohlheiser on James Charles, Tati Westbrook and the “beauty influencer” online universe, which she argues is bigger and more culturally significant than you might think.
Tati Westbrook and James Charles on Tati's makeup tutorial YouTube channel (YouTube)
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An online feud between two "beauty influencers," James Charles and Tati Westbrook, is racking up tens of millions of views on Youtube this week. Maybe you've never heard of them, but plenty of people have, and according to Washington Post internet culture reporter Abby Ohlheiser, this world is more influential than you might think: "Whether you like it or not, the future of entertainment and the future of industries touched by robust online communities … are being shaped and changed by what's happening right now on these platforms."

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