James Charles faces backlash over sister scandals

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James Charles faces backlash over sister scandals

Left, James Charles. Right, Tati Westbrook. Photo credit: People

Left, James Charles. Right, Tati Westbrook. Photo credit: People

Left, James Charles. Right, Tati Westbrook. Photo credit: People

Left, James Charles. Right, Tati Westbrook. Photo credit: People

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James Charles, a 19-year-old internet personality and beauty guru, recently got into a fight with former friend Tati Westbrook. On May 10, Westbrook uploaded a video exposing Charles regarding multiple situations in a 43-minute video. Aside from this, Charles recently faced backlash over an incident at Coachella, where he allegedly led on a straight social media influencer.

During the video, Westbrook talked about how Charles betrayed her over sponsoring Sugar Bear Hair Care vitamins, which is a competitor to Westbrook’s hair care supplement brand, Halo Beauty. In the same video, Westbrook called out other behavior and instances where Charles showed poor conduct. That video is now reaching over 40 million views on Youtube. Westbrook’s channel, “Tati,” has gained several million subscribers from the 43-minute video alone. Charles’s channel is doing just the opposite and has lost over three million subscribers thus far.

Palette Rumor: The James Charles palette, carried by Morphe, is still available regardless of recent rumors that it would be taken off of the market. Some that own the palette posted videos of them destroying it amidst the drama. “I still plan on using my palette. I paid a lot of money for it and it would be stupid to put that to waste and throw it away just because of drama that has nothing to do with me,” stated Haley Cardillo, a junior.

The Coachella feud started back in January, when Charles first started talking to the influencer, Gage Gomez. Gomez explained to Charles in texts that he was straight from the beginning, though Charles continued to pursue him. Charles on the other hand said in a Youtube video that Gomez was the first one to initiate a conversation through a direct message on Instagram. A lot of the drama is a matter of “he said, she said,” though fans are distinctly siding whichever way does not favor Charles.

At Coachella, fans spotted Charles and Gomez together and questioned it. Once the comment sections blew up from curious fans, Gomez created a Youtube channel to address the situation and explain his side of the story. The first video addressed a tweet made by Charles and a second video explained the situation from start to finish.

“There was a tweet made about me, and it was slanderous … and skewed from the truth. And the person who made this tweet obviously realized that. And maybe if they didn’t realize … that they understood that it was aggressive and maybe the wrong thing to do. And they deleted it … I’m not sure if everyone knows that it was deleted, but it was,” explained Gomez in the first Youtube video, published April 18, 2019.

Gomez was indirectly referring to a tweet that Charles made. The second video featured Gomez sitting down with a black and white screen filter, reading off of a script of some sort. That video picked up more attention, partially due to the dramatized filter, as well as the more attention-grabbing title, “What really went down between me and James Charles.”

May 10, the same day Westbrook posted her video, Charles also uploaded a video labeled, “Tati.” The video was a little over eight minutes long and was an apology to not only Westbrook but also his fans and anyone that he has hurt. A lot of fans spoke against the apology video, some saying that it was not sincere. One Youtube channel, “cuddleswithphan,” uploaded a video nearly two minutes long of Charles’s pauses and breaths he made during the apology video.

“My opinion on the whole James vs Tati situation is that people are over-hyping it. There are people throwing shots at James who don’t know anything about James or know about the situation and are coming for him. People are going to make mistakes and James is younger than most influencers on Youtube, so he has learning to do and to just put him on blast is crazy, this is a career that is being jeopardized because of the situation,” stated Ella Jorwarski, a sophomore.

Charles is currently on his “Sisters Tour,” which he announced several months ago. The tour goes nationwide and makes stops all across the US. So far, nothing has been cancelled, though it is unclear going forward if changes will be made, as many people who were once fans of Charles are no longer supporting him.