It’s hard to believe it’s been more than seven months since it came out that YouTubers Myka and James Stauffer had given up their adopted son, Huxley, just two and a half years after traveling to China to get him.

Many of us are familiar with the timeline, of course, because Ohio-based Myka and James took it upon themselves to record every detail of the adoption journey on their YouTube channel, The Stauffer Life, including the trip to China itself, which Myka asked her followers to help fund. In fact, the adoption video—and its accompanying theatrics, which involved a “puzzle reveal” of Huxley’s face, which would only be revealed with enough donations—is what initially catapulted Myka into “established influencer” territory. (The video is no longer live, but was titled “Huxley’s Gotcha Day!” which should tell you everything you need to know.) Although Myka and James had three biological children—and she gave birth to one more after Huxley’s adoption—it was clear Huxley was the “star” of the channel. 

If you haven’t heard this one before, it only gets darker from here: On her YouTube channel, Myka frequently discussed Huxley’s autism diagnosis and developmental problems, which, according to pre-adoption videos, she’d been warned about prior to the China trip. And then all Huxley content suddenly became less frequent, before he disappeared from her videos and posts entirely. (I hadn’t been familiar with the Stauffer family prior to this, but according to former followers of hers, it was obvious that something was up. She’d allegedly been hinting at a “tough” and “challenging” time, and when concerned followers asked where Huxley was, she’d delete their comments.)

Eventually, things came to a head on May 26 when Myka and James released a video in which they tearfully admitted they’d “re-homed” (their words, not mine) their adopted son because of behavioral issues. 

  Of course, internet chaos quickly ensued. An investigation conducted by the local sheriff's office found no wrongdoing on the Stauffers’ part, even though there were videos of Huxley with his hand duct-taped to prevent thumb-sucking, and Myka talking about downgrading her son’s speech therapy from $500 a month to $70 while waving around a $6,500 Cartier bracelet on her wrist.

 

The most important thing, of course, is that Huxley is okay, and now enjoying a life of comfort and privacy with his new family, where an iPhone presumably won’t be shoved in his face every hour of the day. (Again, the most important thing is his privacy, so please don’t come for me asking for details. Many, many people are invested in Huxley’s well-being, apparently, including several who have taken it upon themselves to terrorize my DMs asking for information on a daily basis. Sorry!) 

Myka’s been absent from her social media platforms since the story broke, save for a lengthy, rambling, excuse-filled Notes app apology she posted on Instagram on June 24. 

The question is: What has she been up to?

Well, frankly, I don’t know. What I do know is that James has been posting on his platforms, aka The Stauffer Garage, on Instagram and YouTube for some time now. James is certainly still monetizing his platforms—and, though silent, Myka’s account appears to still include ads on her videos, even if she’s deleted the majority of her Huxley content. 

James seemed pretty satisfied with himself here on November 17. 

In any case, if there are any updates here, you’ll be the first to know. And, hey—maybe someone will slide into my DMs with some interesting new information I haven’t come across yet. (They’re open, BTW.) Our very own Christmas miracle?


Another Influencer Has Botched Her Clothing Drop

Apparently an influencer I’ve never heard of, Lauren Elizabeth, dropped a clothing line in collaboration with LA Collective (?)—and the feedback on social media has been loud and clear! 

Lauren Elizabeth—who I’ll refer to as LE from now on—allegedly hyped up the line as 100% organic cotton and ethically made, but customers received items with “Made in China” tags and a plethora of synthetic textiles that definitely aren’t cotton.

 And the clothes aren’t cheap, either. 

 One comment on her Instagram reads: 

You have some explaining to do regarding your clothes. False advertising with tags saying “Made in China”, ‘100% organic cotton’? Girl, the product details say nothing regarding cotton. and you need a better customer relations team, because they’re doing an awful job communicating with customers. Haven’t bought anything from your collection and now I definitely won’t because of the reviews. Do better.

Others complain about shipping issues and deleted comments of customer complaints. LE released a statement saying she was parting ways with LA Collective following the backlash. 

Either way, we need to stop buying influencers’ junky clothing lines for the sake of our planet, please. 


The Nicki Minaj x Acacia Kersey Collab Was the End-of-2020 Gift I Needed

I’m not even sure what happened here, but apparently Nicki Minaj got looped into a group chat with random people, one of whom happened to be YouTuber Acacia Kersey. Minaj posted screenshots of the conversation, which included phone numbers and emails, and her fan base (aka, the Barbz) went after ‘em. 

 While Kersey’s become a relatively quiet, bohemian mother with a beige Instagram feed featuring life with her husband and three children in the Pacific Northwest, she has a controversial past filled with numerous racist incidents and scandals, which were quickly unearthed. 

 Kersey deleted her Twitter account and said she was receiving death threats from Minaj fans. (If you’re reading this, you’re smart, so you know death threats are never okay!) 

I’m sure the drama will subside—whatever the drama was, exactly, because I don’t think I even fully understand what happened, so apologies if I didn’t do a great job of explaining it. 

Either way, let’s leave the three little ones—including Rosie, whom I would protect with my life—out of it!