CoverGirl's 1st CoverBoy Slammed on Twitter for Joking About Ebola in Africa
James Charles, 17, rose to fame last year after a series of fabulous high school yearbook photos went viral, earning him a groundbreaking job as the first male to be a spokesperson for CoverGirl.
But the makeup guru came under fire Thursday after he tweeted a "joke" about his trip to Africa.
"'I can't believe we're going to Africa today omg what if we get Ebola.' 'James we're fine we could've gotten it at chipotle last year'..." he wrote.
Charles since deleted the tweet but because nothing on the Internet is permanently erased, Twitter users were quick to screen grab his message.
Affinity Magazine chronicled Charles' actions, which reportedly included the spokesperson defending his remarks and blocking Twitter users who took issue with his "joke." The publication also points out the World Health Organization declared the entire continent of Africa Ebola-free in January 2016.
Hours after he deleted his tweet, Charles eventually offered an apology.
Soon after that, Charles posted a lengthy note, again apologizing, and writing, "I was told what to say and that's not how an apology should work." This time, Twitter users called Charles out for referring to Africa as a country.
Charles clarified himself yet again.
After covering the story, New York magazine's fashion and culture site The Cut received the following statement from CoverGirl:
James Charles' tweet does not represent COVERGIRL's perspective. We agree his statements were inappropriate but appreciate that he has issued an apology. We are an inclusive brand and respect all people and cultures.