Weeks after the dinner scandal surrounding Charli D’Amelio and Dixie D’Amelio, who came under fire for the way they treated personal chef Aaron May in a November 2020 YouTube video, the sisters have both spoken out.
“The whole thing definitely got taken way out of proportion. I can see why however from the public’s perspective why it got turned into what it did, but I didn’t think the reaction should have been as harsh,” James said. “The situation between me and Charli with the whole followers thing was an innocent joke.”
At the time, the D’Amelios and James teamed up for a new series on their family YouTube channel titled, “Dinner With the D’Amelios.” Chef May prepared a meal for the internet stars along with the sisters’ parents, Marc D’Amelio and Heidi D’Amelio. When Dixie found a snail in the meal, she ran away to throw up. Marc called her “dramatic,” while Heidi told viewers it was “classic Dixie.” Charli, for her part, said she would rather have “dino nuggets” for dinner and playfully complained about not hitting 100 million TikTok followers before her one-year anniversary on the app. Fans of the D’Amelio family immediately called out the sister duo in the video’s comments section, saying that they were “rude” and had “no manners.”
Immediately following the scandal, Charli took to Instagram Live video and broke down in tears while talking about the incident.
“All of this is happening because [of] a misunderstanding,” she said. “I just feel like that’s not OK, and if this is the community that I’m in and the community that I put myself in, I don’t know if I wanna do that anymore.”
In her Instagram Live video, Charli asked fans to “just, like, be nice.”
“I feel like it’s not that hard, and you can say whatever,” she said. “You can say I’m disrespectful, you can say I don’t have basic human decency, but at the end of the day, I’m still a person.”
Aside from Charli, James, Dixie and even YouTuber Trisha Paytas have spoken out amid the backlash. Scroll through our gallery for a complete breakdown of the D’Amelio dinner drama.
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