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In the five years since James Charles began posting regularly on YouTube, the 21-year-old beauty star has landed sponsorships with brands like Morphe and Chipotle, collaborated with Kylie Jenner, and even hosted a reality competition series on YouTube. The YouTuber now has over 25.6 million subscribers on the video platform and 36 million followers on TikTok.
But recently, Charles — who has previously been involved with several YouTube spats — is in hot water after admitting to flirting and sexting with men who say they’re younger than 18.
In an April 1 YouTube video, he addressed the allegations and recognized that the conversations with teen boys shouldn’t have happened. “I was being reckless,” he said.
Charles said in the video that he believed the boys were 18, and blocked them on Snapchat when he found out their real ages, though one boy denied lying about his age in a conversation with Insider.
Most brands who have collaborated with or are adjacent to Charles’ career have ignored Insider’s several requests for comment regarding Charles’ latest video.
Here are the companies that did, and didn’t, respond to requests for comment:
YouTube: YouTube has not responded to multiple requests for comment. Charles has been on the platform since 2015 and has earned income through video monetization and the YouTube partner program. YouTube monetization provides a stream of financial income for creators, and the platform demonetized David Dobrik’s channel in light of a rape allegation against a former member of his Vlog Squad group. Following the video in which Charles addressed the allegations, there were multiple calls for demonetization of his videos on social media. On March 26, before the video was released, YouTube told Variety that James Charles wouldn’t host the second season of its “Instant Influencer” show, though didn’t specify a reason …read more
Source:: Business Insider