CoverGirl Ambassador James Charles Apologizes for Racist Ebola Tweet

"I aware that the tweet was extremely offensive and degrading."

By Madelyn Chung

Date February 17, 2017

James Charles is issuing several apologies after tweeting a controversial “joke” about Ebola.

The 17-year-old aspiring makeup artist, who was named CoverGirl’s first male ambassador last year, enraged Twitter on Thursday when he tweeted, “‘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.'”

Charles immediately received backlash from the Twitterverse for insinuating travelling to Africa would result in contracting Ebola. But according to Affinity Magazine, he refused to take responsibility for his statement, blocking any users who called him out. Photography via Affinity Magazine Photography via Affinity Magazine

Several hours later, James deleted all the tweets, and issued his first apology via Twitter, writing, “I am extremely sorry. Regardless of my intentions, words have consequences. I take full responsibility and will learn to do better.”

But Twitter users were not satisfied.

James then issued a longer apology, which was meant to be less “bullshit” than the first, saying he was “aware that the tweet was extremely offensive and degrading.”

“I posted it to make fun of my friend’s mistake, but did not think about what the tweet as a whole was implying. It was never my intent to offend anyone and I am sorry,” he wrote. “As a white cis male, I recognize my privilege and would never want to take that for granted, but I fucked up.”

However, he made matters worse when he referred to Africa as a country.

James tried to correct the gaffe, tweeting, “I misspoke & said country because we are traveling specifically to South Africa only. I know Africa is a continent and wanted to post an ACTUAL, GENUINE apology as soon as physically possible.”

Still, Twitter users were not having it, with many pledging to boycott CoverGirl if they didn’t drop Charles from their roster.

In response, CoverGirl issued the following statement Thursday evening:

“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.”

Photography via Instagram/jamescharles

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