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James Charles defends Charli D’Amelio amid video backlash

Beauty YouTuber James Charles thinks the internet was too trigger-happy in canceling TikTok star Charli D’Amelio.

Charles, who was in attendance at the now viral “Dinner at the D’Amelios” video posted to YouTube, took to social media to defend the 16-year-old as she hemorrhaged followers due to what some perceived as offensive remarks and an overall snotty attitude.

By Thursday night, TikTok’s most popular star was sobbing over the loss of 1 million followers — and pondering quitting the platform — in an Instagram Live video. Her buddy Charles was not having it.

“This Charli situation is NOT sitting right with me,” he vented on Twitter. “100M followers in one year & y’all expect her to know how to be a perfect role model? Death threats because she’s a picky eater & made a joke about a milestone? 30+ year olds dragging someone half their age? Feels familiar.”

Charles, 21, is a prominent makeup artist and vlogger with a significant following of his own. He has 23.8 million subscribers on YouTube, 29 million followers on TikTok and 7.2 million followers on Twitter. He was the first male ambassador for CoverGirl, but has come under fire for controversies of his own in the past over online feuds with fellow social media stars, shady projects and problematic comments about Ebola and Africa.

TikTok star Charli D'Amelio and beauty vlogger James Charles
TikTok star Charli D’Amelio (far left) and Dixie D’Amelio and beauty vlogger James CharlesGetty Images

Both Charli — who boasts TikTok’s largest following ever — and sister Dixie D’Amelio are facing fan backlash for their actions during the video with personal chef Aaron May. Dixie, 19, spat out and vomited food prepared by May while Charli asked for “dino nuggets.”

“I threw up; that was not good,” Dixie said. The 19-year-old has 43.8 million followers on her TikTok account.

Charli was also criticized for sounding ungrateful for not hitting the 100 million follower threshold fast enough, after gaining hundreds of thousands of followers each day leading up to the drama.

Chef Aaron May
Chef Aaron MayGetty Images

“Ugh, I just wish I had more time because imagine if I hit 100 mil one year after hitting a mil,” she said in the video.

“95 million not enough for you?” Charles quipped back.

Charli had over 99.5 million followers as of Wednesday — but her count has dropped to 98.6 million as of Thursday afternoon. She has not issued a formal apology or statement for her behavior, but Dixie and their father, Marc, have both released half-hearted video explanations of the situation.

“I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve had, so I would never in any way want to be taken as disrespectful, especially from an out-of-context 15-second clip,” Dixie says on TikTok. “I love Chef [May], and I would never disrespect him in any way and maybe don’t judge someone’s personality over a 15-second video.”

Reps for Charli declined The Post’s request for comment about the online controversy.




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