Are These YouTuber Apologies For Partying Amidst The Pandemic Too Late?

"I need to be a better example."

If you’ve got millions of YouTube subscribers and just as many followers on social media, partying amidst a global pandemic is probably not the right move. However, it’s a lesson learned for James Charles and other YouTubers who have apologised for attending a huge influencer party during COVID-19 restrictions.

Last weekend, Charles along with fellow YouTuber Tana Mongeau and other social media personalities were slammed for attending a party at the TikTok Hype House in the Hollywood Hills.

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Veteran YouTuber Tyler Oakley was among the first to call out his peers, tweeting, “if your favourite influencers are at huge house parties during a pandemic (& you are dumb enough to post it on social media)…they are bad influencers.”

In another tweet, Oakley individually tagged the influencers and wrote, “please consider social distancing, mask-wearing, & using your platforms to encourage responsibility during a worldwide pandemic.”

Despite Tyler Oakley’s words of warning, Mongeau continued attending huge parties. In fact, in Mongeau’s Instagram story from a party over the weekend, fellow YouTuber Erika Costell is heard saying “listen, we don’t f*cking care.”

It’s been five days since Mongeau and her mates were called out by Oakley but they’ve only just issued an apology.

“Partying/going to any social gatherings during a global pandemic was such a careless and irresponsible action on my behalf,” Mongeau wrote in an Instagram statement. “I fully hold myself accountable for this and will be staying inside.”

“Actions like that don’t deserve a platform and I want to fully apologise and be better than this. I’m sorry,” she wrote. Mongeau also added that Erika Costell’s comment in her Instagram story was “referring to past drama”.

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James Charles has also apologised for attending the Hype House party, telling his subscribers, “even though I have been wearing a mask in public and have tested negative multiple times, going to a party during a pandemic was a selfish and stupid decision.”

“People’s safety and keeping COVID-19 contained is FAR more important than celebrating a [friend’s] birthday and unsafe partying is not something I want to promote to my audience,” he said.

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It’s good to see these influencers realise the power of their platform and the responsibility that comes with having millions of followers, but are these apologies too little, too late?

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Kylie Jenner Learns Nothing From Kim K Backlash, Drops $200K On A Pony

"Read the room."

Earlier this month, Kim Kardashian landed in hot water when she chose the global pandemic – an incredibly scary and uncertain period of time – to brag about her “14 gorgeous Frieisian horses.” Fast-forward to this week and her little sister Kylie Jenner is making the same mistake with a $200,000 pony.

According to the Daily Mail, Jenner has dropped $200K – over $280,000 AUD – on a pony for her two-year-old daughter, Stormi. 

The pony – named Frozen – reportedly also cost between $7,000 and $10,000 just to ship it from the Netherlands to Los Angeles where Kylie lives.

To make the whole thing even more unbelievable, Frozen has relocated from Europe amidst the pandemic which means he has to quarantine for 14 days before moving to a barn closer to Jenner’s Calabasas home. 

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Celebrity pony breeder Stal Wilten confirmed the news, posting on social media, “#ThrowbackThursday goes to the most famous pony of them all, Frozen. We got news he has landed in LA and is living the life with a sweet little girl named Stormi. Her parents in true fashion, made sure their daughter had the most precious pony out there. We can’t wait to see pictures of Stormi and Frozen.”

According to Elle, Wilten has since deleted the tweet and reposted it without Stormi’s name.

It didn’t take long for social media users to rip Kylie Jenner to shreds for spending an exorbitant amount of money on a pony during the global pandemic. 

One user tweeted, “@KylieJenner got a 200K pony for Stormi…girl I just need to pay off my school debt,” while another posted, “read the room, some of us can’t even pay our rent during this pandemic.”

The backlash against Jenner’s pony purchase comes just weeks after sister Kim Kardashian copped the same kind of criticism after showing off her family’s 14 Friesian horses. 

After she posted a photo of them to social media, one user response, “a record number of people are getting evicted because of the loss of income during the pandemic and you are humble bragging about your 14 horses.”

Another added, “honestly the fact that you chose a moment in time when our unemployment rate is the highest it’s ever been since the Great Depression to brag about having too many fancy horses and then couldn’t even spell the breed correctly is the perfect illustration of America in 2020.”

It’s really no surprise the Kardashian-Jenners are out of touch with reality considering how much cash they’ve got in their bank accounts. The real question is, will an expensive pony really bring you true happiness?

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Aussies Who Think 'Karens' Only Live In The U.S. Are Now Sadly Mistaken

Apparently, the rules "don't apply" to her.

With growing numbers of coronavirus cases, deaths, and a never-ending debate around mask mandates, tensions have reached boiling point in the U.S. with 2020’s infamous ‘Karen’ often at the centre of the controversy. However, those who thought ‘Karen’ was an American phenomenon are sadly mistaken after footage of Australia’s very own ‘Bunnings Karen’ hit social media. 

The video shows a staff member from the Narre Warren Bunnings in Melbourne asking a woman if she has a mask. In case you missed it, face coverings were made mandatory in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire as of the 19th July in the wake of Victoria’s increase in COVID-19 cases. Hear all about it below:

The woman tells the Bunnings staff member, “you are not authorised to ask me or question me about” wearing a mask. 

When another staff member tells her she needs a medical certificate to go maskless and asks her to stop filming, the woman says, “No, I’m allowed to do this and you’re discriminating against me.”

The woman then threatens to “personally sue” other staff members who inform her that wearing a mask is a condition of entry to their store. Later she claims those conditions of entry “don’t apply to me.” 

Another video shows the woman interacting with a police officer, who explains that she has “breached the COVID-19 restrictions” by refusing to wear a mask. She tells him, “if you arrest me, I will have you charged with false arrest.”

A following video in the thread shows the woman being arrested in the carpark and an officer asking her not to resist.

It’s pretty difficult to watch ‘Bunnings Karen’ challenging the rules so aggressively when they’re designed to protect members of the community from getting sick. If anything, this video and all the other fellow ‘Karens’ floating around social media is just another reminder of what not to do amidst the global pandemic.

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