James Charles is getting some major backlash for a caption he posted about his first Met Gala experience.
Last year, YouTuber Liza Koshy walked the steps of the Met Gala and was the first influencer to be invited. This year, three influencers attended — Koshy, Charles, and Lilly Singh.
Following the event, the makeup guru and social media influencer made a seriously tone-deaf comment about "influencer representation" at fashion's biggest night, and people are rolling their eyes. Social media influencers have millions of followers and make millions of dollars; their representation at an already supremely classist event is hardly something to brag about.
Charles vaguely addressed the drama on his Instagram Story.
"I wanted to say thank you to those of you guys who did leave positive comments on today's new Met Gala video. The reaction is definitely quite split. I knew this was going to happen, though; I talked about it in the video. Anytime anything like this ever happens with an influencer doing something new people tend to be very, very up in arms about it, and I can see why. But regardless it was such a huge honor... and nothing is going to take away from my amazing time that I had."
In true James Charles fashion, he posted a YouTube video following his entire Met Gala journey.
He also posted an entire video documenting his first Gala experience. He touches on the idea of YouTuber representation at the event, with fellow influencers Lilly Singh, Liza Koshy, and model Rosie Huntington-Whitely at the 10:03 mark.