Gerard Cosmetics and MannyMUA ganged up to harrass a small youtuber who gave Gerard Cosmetics a negative review. Now they want the consequences of their actions to "blow over" and their critics to quietly go away.
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I gathered this info from many sources. I have not attributed most of it, because I do do want to connect people to something with which they may not wish to be associated. However, you folks know who you are: thank you so much for preserving and sharing this info. So let's get started...
Here is the video that someone doesn't want you to see. It is a snapchat of MannyMUA and Gerard Cosmetics owner Jen Gerard ridiculing a negative reviewer. MannyMUA snapped it, and then promoted it to his supporters on his other social media, which quite predictably resulted in harassment and threats against the reviewer (who was a small, 10k youtuber), and later against those who supported her.
Watch the snapchat video, and see the time line of other social media material that rose up around this little fiasco. Please do download and share this information, because someone has been trying to hide and suppress a lot of it.
[update: someone re-posted it on youtube. I hope people will keep doing this. You can watch it below, or go to the youtube channel. ]
Much to his apparent surprise, a lot of people (among them erstwhile followers and supporters) called Manny out for his behaviour. At first he laughed this off while he continued to ridicule the reviewer and her supporters, and to defend his actions. His excuse was that the reviewer was bullying his friend's brand. This characterization of the review is preposterous: a company or brand cannot be bullied. But the excuse itself is interesting, because it suggests that the motive was indeed retaliation and punishment for the negative review, and that it wasn't just a little "joke" that went too far.
In this video, one of these ex-supporters describes what happened, and her experience with calling Manny on his harassment of the reviewer. UPDATE: Niki Murphy has since clarified that she made this video
inaccessible only for one day. She was trying to respect the apology that Manny made in her comments, but when he deleted it, and started saying things in his social media that suggested it was entirely bogus,
she decided to make the video public again. I guess that shows what sort of person he is.
The link to the video on her channel is working if you would like to see it and read comments. here it is if you want to watch the video
on her youtube channel There has been an interesting development in the comments for this video: specifically that MannyMUA deleted his apology, and that the youtuber found out about more devious
behaviour from Gerard Cosmetics, this time targeting her.
You can read the comments under her video in the above link, or click the "More bad behaviour from Gerard Cosmetics" above.
He expanded his campaign of ridicule and referred to the people calling him on his behaviour as "hoes."
After discovering that a lot of people were not happy about his harassment campaign, and after many demands that he and Gerard cosmetics apologize for their "cyber-bullying" (I prefer the term harassment, myself) of a negative reviewer, Manny decided to snapchat what he called an "apology." I am sorry that I only have the shorter version. I do not have a copy of the version in which he cries, nor do I know what order he posted them in. I will refrain from commenting on what I think of it, and simply post this "apology."
You can also watch it on the original re-poster's youtube page by clicking here
He also had this to say (I hope you will note JenLuv's reply.):
To my knowledge neither Jen Gerard, nor Gerard Cosmetics has made any comment or apology. However, Gerard Cosmetics has been deleting posts about this topic from their social media, and blocking the posters who make them. I have not found a single youtuber who is under an affiliate contract with Gerard Cosmetics that has any trace of these events on their channels or their social media. If you have found one, please link in the comments.
Carli Bybel also called Manny out for being a bully, and disclosed that he had said nasty things about her on social media, even while he was nice to her face. Manny replied to say she was lying, and asked her to show the tweets where he had said anything bad. This was an interesting challenge, coming from someone who had just gone through and deleted all evidence of his harassment campaign against the reviewer from his social media.
Marlena replied to publicly call out Carli, and tell her she shouldn't be publicly calling out Manny, because she thinks publicly calling out is bad. Although she defends Manny, she claims she is not taking sides.
For a longer transcript of the comments, including the fan comments that Marlena was replying to, please click the "Bybel-thumping" tab above.
Now I am asking for the of people who value the freedom of youtubers (i.e. to make honest reviews without the oppressive influence of businesses) to boycott Gerard Cosmetics. Even though Manny was the agent of the posting, I do not believe that Jen Gerard was unaware that Manny was filming, nor unaware of his intention to post the video to social media. I further believe that they intentionally sought out negative reviews so they could retaliate. If you agree, please do not buy products from Gerard cosmetics, and please lend your voice to the cause. Make sure this does not get swept under the rug. If you do not agree, peace, and thank you for listening, anyway. :)
Anyone who has some internet skills, please consider making a mirror of this blog, or making your own site/blog, and including all the evidence. Sharing the info as a torrent would also be good. If we proliferate it, it becomes hard to hide, destroy and deny it.
If you have a (reasonable and respectful) video supporting the boycott, or the youtuber who was harassed, please let me know in the comments. I will post a link to it here.
And if you have more documented information about to the actions of Manny MUA and Gerard Cosmetics, please link to it in the comments.
I am now closing the comments for this page. If you want to ring in on the issue, I recommend that you leave (respectful) comments on one of the pro-boycott videos listed here http://boycottgerardcosmetics.altervista.org/portal/?q=node/6