YouTube Beauty Guru Makes Racist Joke About Disease That Killed Thousands

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UPDATE: We 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.”

When Justin Bieber was going through his majorly problematic phase a few years ago, people loved to give him a totally BS pass because of his age. “He’s young,” they’d say. “He doesn’t know any better; he’s only a kid!” While YouTube star James Charles is just 17 years old, he should 100 percent know better than to make a racist, ignorant, highly insensitive, DUMB AF joke about Ebola, a disease that has claimed the lives of almost 30,000 people.

The first male CoverGirl brand ambassador was getting ready to go on a trip to South Africa with his friends from school yesterday when he decided that it would be a good idea to tweet this bad boy:


We know — our jaws are on the floor, too. The criticism started pouring in almost immediately, causing the beauty guru to delete the tweet. Many pointed out that what he said was disgustingly racist, and some even called for CoverGirl to drop him from their roster.

The teen eventually saw the magnitude of his words and apologized on Twitter, first writing, “I am extremely sorry. Regardless of my intentions, words have consequences. I take full responsibility and will learn and do better.” He then posted a longer apology:


James eventually had to apologize AGAIN, because he mistakenly called Africa a country, not a continent.

WHY?!?! Just…why???

These male YouTube beauty gurus are TOTALLY underrated: