Sorry, sisters! Beauty guru James Charles is getting dragged through the mud after advocating for “influencer representation in the media.”
Yup! As we all know by now, the 19-year-old was invited to the 2019 Met Gala, which was obviously an enormous honor. But when he posted a photo from the event along with a lengthy caption, let’s just say he raised more than a few eyebrows.
“my first met gala,” the makeup artist wrote. “thank you so much @youtube for inviting me and @alexanderwangny for dressing me! being invited to such an important event like the ball is such an honor and a step forward in the right direction for influencer representation in the media and I am so excited to be a catalyst. video coming tomorrow!”
Inevitably, people had a lot to say about his words — especially because influencers are not exactly a group that most people in the world would consider to be oppressed. And as per usual, they let him know it.
“ah, yes. the historically oppressed and marginalized class, ‘influencers,'” one person wrote in response to James’ caption.
ah, yes. the historically oppressed and marginalized class, "influencers." pic.twitter.com/g3gFko2eyz
— Fran Tirado (@fransquishco) May 7, 2019
“INFLUENCER REPRESENTATION IN THE MEDIA IS THE FUNNIEST THING I HAVE EVER READ,” another Twitter user added.
INFLUENCER REPRESENTATION IN THE MEDIA IS THE FUNNIEST THING I HAVE EVER READ https://t.co/x1gB5mfFPn
— corey kindberg (@coreykindberg) May 7, 2019
One person even pointed out that YouTube stars are the media.
“No influencer representation in the MEDIA? that doesn’t even — that’s almost an oxymoron no? YouTuber and media? Are youtubers not ..? I’m v confused ABOUT ALL THIS.
No Influencer representation in the MEDIA? that doesn’t even- that’s almost an oxymoron no? YouTuber and media? Are you tubers not ..? I’m v confused ABOUT ALL THIS https://t.co/gCW6g1VG48
— 𝕋𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕚𝕥𝕪 (@itstrinitay) May 7, 2019
Even worse is that some people took his caption as a dig at Liza Koshy. Why? Because she attended the A-list event last year! In other words, if there’s any influencer who broke down those barriers, it’s her.
“I can’t and I shan’t with James Charles thinking he was the ‘catalyst’ for influencers on the pink carpet. Liza was there last year and did interviews for Vogue. She was the catalyst. SHE put youtubers on the carpet.”
I can’t and I shan’t with James Charles thinking he was the “catalyst” for influencers on the pink carpet.
Liza was there last year and did the interviews for Vogue.
She was the catalyst. SHE put youtubers on the carpet.
— Demi Larue ♥️ (@Demilarueee) May 8, 2019
Honestly, this just seems like another poor choice of words from the internet star, but hey, it wouldn’t be the first time! James is no stranger to sister scandals, and even though advocating for “influencer representation” might be taking things a little too far, we do hope to see some of our all-time favorite YouTubers on more carpets in the future.
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