Beauty Youtuber and entrepreneur Jeffree Star is making headlines again. This time not for starting drama with Shane Dawson and Tati Westbrook or saying and doing racist sh*t. It would seem that his business dealings are coming under scrutiny.
According to Insider, several months after purchasing a $14.6 million home in California, Jeffree took out up to $2 million dollars in PPP loans for his two companies, Killer Merch and Jeffree Star Cosmetics. Here’s more on the story via Jezebel:
Jeffree Star, Beauty YouTube’s preeminent villain known for his makeup line, merch company, and expert ability to cause enough drama to distract from his own alleged racism, has given detractors another reason to hate him. According to ProPublica’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans database, Star took somewhere between $350,000 to $1 million on May 3 for his merch company, Killer Merch, where he sells products for fellow YouTube demons Ninja, Shane Dawson, and sister James Charles. As you may recall, PPP loans are part of the CARES act, created by the federal government to help small businesses keep employees on payroll during the covid-19 pandemic. Star’s Killer Merch company listed 59 employees at the time.
According to Insider, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Star’s makeup line, also received between $350,000 to $1 million in PPP loans on May 3, listing 21 employees.
I got roped into watching Jeffree Star on Youtube several years ago by one of my roommates in California but I could never take to him. His mean girl, messy ass persona rubbed me the wrong way. I wasn’t even shocked when he was exposed for saying some racist sh*t back in his stand up days. The fact that he has never truly apologized and is often using Black people to shield and prop him up is unsurprising. A few months ago, after several beauty influencers dropped Morphe Cosmetics for carrying Jeffree Star’s Cosmetics brand at the height of BLM, he thought it was a great opportunity to show off his new very Black boyfriend. The eyeroll that collectively took place, including my own, let me know that BIPOC were not here for Jeffree at all.
Learning that Jeffree took out PPP loans when many Black-owned businesses couldn’t get them makes Star even more despicable. Especially since I am constantly seeing him on Twitter giving away money to people who are supposedly in need if they follow him. Makes me wonder what those funds were actually used for.
I’m going to give away $10,000 to 3 random people who retweet this tweet AND follows me! (If you don’t follow me, can’t DM you the money) Much love 💗
— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) September 22, 2020
All I will say is people would like Jeffree and give him the benefit of the doubt if he would just work on himself and stop being a sh*tty person. Otherwise, we ain’t buying what he is selling.
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