The past week was full of drama in the vlogging world. In case you missed it, American beauty vlogger Jeffree Star publicly called out our very own beauty vlogger Michelle Dy because of what seems like a massive misunderstanding.
Last week, Jeffree posted several Instagram stories wherein he rants about a vlogger “who is not known in America” for basically “stealing his copyrighted Approved series”. He does not name Michelle in it “to avoid giving more attention to her”, but a screenshot of her YouTube video shows a comment from Jeffree that shows just how angry he is about it.
“You’re full of complete s… Stealing my “Approved” series and trademarked title is pathetic… but that’s what boring unoriginal people do. My lawyer will reach out to you shortly. ‘Jeffree Star Approved’ is copyrighted in America,” he wrote in the comment.
Despite the fact that Michelle admits her series was inspired by him and despite the many people who are saying that ‘Approved’ is a term used by a lot of people the world over, Michelle has issued a public apology on her social media accounts addressing the issue.
“Jeffree Star is one of the few YouTube gurus I watch and look up to in the YouTube community,” she wrote. “Recently, I uploaded 2 new videos in my YouTube channel, which was the ‘MD Approved New Series’ inspired by Jeffree, while it was clearly stated in the description box in the 2 videos that these new series in my channel were Pinay version and inspired by international YouTubers, I was unaware that this ‘Jeffree Star Approved’ series is copyrighted in America.”
She continues, “I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize to Jeffree Star if in any way or another, I may have violated your rights from the use of your trademark. Videos from my channel have already been deleted and rest assured that it will not happen again. Again, I am sorry.”
Michelle continues to explain her public apology: “I am sharing this to all of you to serve as a lesson for all of us. I believe that a mistake cannot be corrected with another mistake. And as the adage goes, ‘When you make a mistake, there are only three things to do about it: admit it, learn from it, and don’t repeat it.”