Never copy someone else’s work — that’s the lesson Michelle Dy had to learn the hard way yesterday.
After uploading two makeup product reviews yesterday which she labeled “MD Approved,” Michelle was called out by well-known American makeup artist Jeffree Star. Star accused Dy of stealing his “Approved” series, which he said is copyrighted in America. He even told Dy in a comment on the now-deleted video that his lawyers will reach out to the Filipina vlogger.
— Carlo (@WhatsACarlo) July 31, 2018
Dy was quick to react and has apologized for her mistake. According to her, Star is one of the people whom she looks up to in the beauty industry. She also said that she was not aware that Star’s “Approved” series is copyrighted in America.
— Michelle Dy (@michelle_dy) July 31, 2018
Of course, social media, especially Twitter, was quick to get on the controversy. While fans took sides and others gave their two cents on the matter, the whole issue has blown up into another matter, as some people dug up dirt from the past on both personalities, totally veering away from the main controversy. Here are some of the side issues.
Jeffree Star’s “rude” approach
While some netizens believe that it was not right for Dy to copy Star’s “Approved” series, they pointed out that the American makeup guru could’ve used a more decent and professional approach.
I lost respect for Jeffree Star in some way. Like there’s always a more decent, civilized approach to things and picking on @michelle_dy was just unprofessional. Quite frankly, I don’t think anyone assumes that “Jeffree Star Approved” is even trademarked. Tf?
— Neil (@extremelyneil) July 31, 2018
Michelle Dy made a mistake and she was fully aware ’bout that, but the attacked of Jeffree Star and the way she approached Michelle Dy was quite unprofessional and rude.
Honestly, I’m a fan of Michelle and Jeffree, no hate.
— royals ✨ (@RoyalsMiggy) July 31, 2018
Jeffree Star is so unethical and disrespectful for calling Michelle Dy “complete shit”, like seriously though, that’s just immature. I mean, may fault si Michelle but that’s unprofessional. And don’t y’all dare say “oh because jeffree is a queen” nd all shit cause that ain’t shit
— 𝓒𝓱𝓻𝓲𝓼𝓽𝓲𝓪𝓷 (@champagnekxle) July 31, 2018
Some, however, defended Star…
Thats just how @JeffreeStar is. Not saying its the right way to handle the situation, but thats just how he is. He’s extra 😂💁🏼♀️
— Bub (@erynssss) July 31, 2018
Reading comments about Jeffree Star calling our Michelle Dy saying that “he couldve used a better approach” “he was oa” “not professional” etc…sis seryoso? Siya na nga tong nanakawan ng idea at content siya pa masama? pic.twitter.com/k2WgCS8B0l
— | RxYE | Day6inManila (@SputnikThree) July 31, 2018
Racist vs. Marcos apologist
Totally veering away from the issue, some people claimed that Star is no better than Dy because he’s racist. Meanwhile, others are also burying Dy not because of the issue but for being a Marcos apologist. They even dug up old social media posts to prove their point.
Jeffree Star, a racist and bully who profits off of POC culture.
Michelle Dy, a Marcos apologist who ironically promotes political apathy to her followers.
Pick your poison, but it’s just garbage vs trash at this point. There are more talented people who deserve our attention. pic.twitter.com/XS9UntVxOO
— Nathania Chua (@PilosopoTanya) July 31, 2018
y’all know why i don’t give a fuck about the michelle dy and jeffree star drama? bc jeffree star is a racist white person who also wants to trademark words that are AAVE. he literally wants to profit and own rights to words from people he has been harmful towards. so fuck him too
— 𝒶𝒾𝓁𝓁𝒶𝒽 | #StandWithWorkers (@thranduilien) July 31, 2018
Why are people happy that Jeffree Star is dragging Michelle Dy to the dirt? Sure it looks bad for Michelle Dy. But you better do your research on Jeffree’s past too, and see what type of person you are cheering on.
— Weena The Sea Kelp 🧜♀️ (@jelibols) July 31, 2018
I heard Jeffree Star is shit as well. At dahil Marcos apologist naman si Michelle Dy, I’ll just let them do each other dirt https://t.co/QhCprUTgZ5
— kae #BoycottNutriasia #EndContractualization (@kaeofficial) July 31, 2018
LOL Michelle Dy #1 Marcos APOLOGIST & someone who once told teens to “focus” on their studies and not on social issues…. HAHAHAHA. Dragged.
Lesson: Never plagiarize. Copying even someone’s “IDEA” is no joke. Also, don’t tell teens to ignore social issues. Oopsie. 💯
— Altamira (@AltmrRys) July 31, 2018
I didn’t know Michelle Dy is a Marcos apologist. Lol. Another reason why people should just stop making her relevant 😂
— Rona; 🏳️🌈 (@almightyrona) August 1, 2018
marcos apologist pala si michelle dy haha, ‘di man lang niya ginamit yung “influencer” status niya para makapag-educate ng kung ano ang tama https://t.co/6WAGNHCIsQ
— jerrenz (@rageousrenz) July 31, 2018
Filipinos dragging their own
While the whole thing blows up, some netizens chose to focus on how Dy’s fellow Filipinos even cheered on Star to drag the former.
Seeing fellow Filos dragging Michelle Dy with pleasure after she was (indirectly, I believe) called out by Jeffree Star on Snapchat makes me super ashamed of being a Filipino right now. 🤦🏻♀️
— 💜 Irene 💜 (@MsIreneCabrera) July 31, 2018
Ok I’m joining this whole fiasco copyright thingy. I don’t get it, yung mga nagmmsg kay Jeffree Star, mga PILIPINO…. DRAG HER, SUE HER, HUMILIATE HER… mga wala kayong kwenta. Inspired nga lang diba? 🤬 Ni minsan sa buhay niyo di ba kayo nangopya? Di ba kayo bumili ng fake? 🤬
— hugotquotes (@heartlocked13) July 31, 2018
Michelle Dy vs. Anna Cay
The whole issue also diverted to a former rift between Dy and Anna Cay, another YouTuber. Apparently, last year, Cay was “bullied” by Dy. Others claim Dy alluded to Cay in one of her videos and made some nasty remarks, although Dy did not name names.
With the whole Jeffree Star and Michelle Dy shebang. Anna Cay is probably at home on her laptop with some popcorn! The Tea!
— Isiah Beltrano (@Isiahbeltrano) July 31, 2018
probably anna cay and raiza contawi sippin’ tea while watching jeffree star throwing shade on michelle dy
— 𝔧𝔞𝔰𝔬𝔫 🏳️🌈 (@crnxjs) July 31, 2018
The Michelle Dy & Jeffree Star issue though. I remembered her issue with Anna Cay. Anna Cay is one of the most down-to-earth youtubers that i know but the bih talked shit about her. Maybe it’s what she deserve ☕
— xoxo, jea (@1999JEA) August 1, 2018
What’s your take on the issue?