James Charles: First Male CoverGirl Spokesmodel Gets Blasted Over Ebola Comments recently. James Charles,the beauty blogger who is known as the first male spokesmodel for CoverGirl, is under fire for his controversial comments about Ebola on Feb. 16.
He tweeted about fearing to go to Africa because he didn’t want to catch the disease. Fans were enraged when he implied that everyone in Africa had Ebola.
He reportedly deleted his post right after the uproar, according to AffinityMagazine. The message read, “‘I can’t believe were going to Africa today omg what if we get Ebola?’ James were fine, we could have got it at Chipotle last year.’” Some were enraged by his remarks, taking to social media to vent their frustrations.
If the tweet was a joke, it certainly was a weird one — but that didn’t sway Charles from ardently defending his remarks. He initially blocked tweeters who called out the lunacy of his tone-deaf tweet, Affinity Magazine notes.
Several hours (and likely several frantic emails from CoverGirl) later, Charles removed the tweet and issued an apology, which stated, in short, that he “fvcked up.” He also called Africa a country.
James continued, “I know Africa is a continent and wanted to post an ACTUAL, GENUINE, apology as soon as physically possible. I have a million things in my head right now. I am sorry and want to fix it somehow.” When someone called out his errors, he responded, “i’d rather have it come directly from me and f*ck something up than have someone else write an apology for me.”
A representative also made a statement for CoverGirl on behalf of the brand. It reads, “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.”
By Hollywood Life