Jeffree Star and Manny MUA Show Off Their Transphobia in Recent Tweets

Warning, this article mentions transphobia, cissexism, misogyny, and racism.

After cis gay makeup artists (or MUAs, by the social media community’s jargon) have grown more in numbers through social media, it is almost not uncanny that Manny Gutierrez (known through the internet at Manny MUA( and Jeffree Star displayed more ignorant behavior. This time, Gutierrez and Star dabbled in transphobia via social media.

Gutierrez tweeted “Roses are red, violets are blue…the number of genders is only 2“, tagging Star in order to mention a video that they had both collaborated in the day prior.
https://twitter.com/MannyMua733/status/851554810188840961
Gutierrez, who has gained his notoriety from being an openly gay Latino man who makes make makeup tutorials on YouTube, if often highly remarked for all of the fame that he has acquired at the age of 26; he has 628,000 Twitter, 3.5 million Instagram, and 2.7 million YouTube followers. In the midst of this eminence, people forget that Gutierrez is still a white-passing, rich, cisgender man who doesn’t get a free pass to joke about all systemic oppression due to his few intersecting identities that he claims.
It is not Gutierrez’s or Star’s place to laugh at this remark which was first made in a video where they both read aloud hate comments posted on YouTube. Being offended or humored at such a comment is a disrespect to trans and gender non-conforming individuals. As people with cisgender privilege, it is important to criticize their platform when they are repeatedly using it to get a free pass on harmful, pattern behavior for being flamboyant gay men instead of uplifting further disenfranchised voices.

Gutierrez, when working with Gerard Cosmetics on making collaborated lip products, called beauty reviewer Kaina Kaboom “ugly” over Snapchat when she gave his lipsticks a negative review. Jeffree Star has an even longer history of more than a decade of crude behavior, misogyny, and antiblackness, which lead beauty reviewer Stephanie Nicole to make an informational video about him in order to summarize his rather vile character. With this evidence, it is easy to see that they are both not first-time offenders of ignorant actions, and two cisgender men laughing at a transphobic joke instead of actually trying to support more than just the “G” in LGBTQ+ is what should have happened.

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  1. I’m not justifying either of them but the tweet was in reference to a comment made against Jeffrey and Manny on their YouTube channel that they featured in Jeffrees most recent video where they read mean comments from their videos. I am unaware of any other transphobic content that’s they have displayed but the one used in this article wasn’t taken out of context. Again, not jumping to either of their defense, simply a journalistically critique.

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  2. I’m sorry, do you actually know what they are talking about? Their last video was about them both reading mean comments and one of them was that one, that’s why he said it. Someone was trying to offend jeffree and posted that comment, it was irony. I’m not even a fan of jeffree or manny, but you should look for what happened before posting somenthing.

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  3. Jeffree Star has come out as gender neutral and confused about their gender identity for the past few years. In no way were the youtubers being transphobic in their collaboration video; they were literally reading mean comments that people have left on their videos–those are the people that are transphobic. Dozens and dozens of stars have taken part in the trend of reading mean comments people leave about them; Jeffree and Manny were simply learning how to be strong and laugh off the hate; they weren’t saying ANYTHING negative about trans folks. This article is misinformed and biased as it gets.

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    • I can’t help but notice this site has a serious problem with mischaracterizing certain people and their actions in order to push a narrative/agenda. It’s really off-putting and makes me question the motivation of this site as whole. What makes this all the more puzzling is that the founder of Affinity has a history of making ugly, racist comments herself. Has that ever been addressed? Do they take that into consideration whenever they ream someone for being less than perfect?

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  4. I don’t think you know what they were referring to

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  5. While I fully understand what you’re going for in this article, and I don’t have anything to say against it, I’m just gonna suggest a few things in terms of making this more readable. From your description I can tell you are an accomplished writer. This is why I’m a bit confused by the usage of words such as “uncanny” and “eminence” in a weird way, and a few more errors in sentence structure which distract from the original message. I don’t know if you have a beta-reader or if the publication itself offers any proof-reading services, but it’s just really unfortunate that the grammatical errors in this make it easier to not take seriously. If people can attack your grammar it’s distracting from the actual story, which I’m sure is not what you want. Again, I’m just a commenter and you’re the one writing on this website, and I’m most likely saying things that have been said before, but I just thought I’d be a friendly reminder because they are very easy mistakes to fix, and if you’re reffering to this article as a piece of work you have done it will not reflect that well on you for any future employers if it contains errors like this. Hope I didn’t come off as too harsh or rude, I just wanted to give honest feedback.

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