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”.
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.
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?
There have been 466,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California – the numbers don’t lie.
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