Last week, YouTube veteran Tyler Oakley called out a number of TikTok and YouTube influencers—Charles, Mongeau, Dixie and Charli D’Amelio and Nikita Dragun—for attending a party at the TikTok Hype House earlier this month, where large crowds of people were gathered and not wearing face masks.
In a recent video titled “A Day In The Life With James Charles”, Charles edited out footage of him at the event with a disclaimer.
In the video, the 21-year-old beauty mogul confessed that, while he had “been wearing a mask in public and tested negative multiple times, going to a party during a pandemic was a selfish and stupid decision. People’s safety and keeping COVID-19 contained is FAR more important than celebrating a birthday and unsafe partying is not something I want to promote to my audience.”
Mongeau was met with serious backlash for allegedly attending three big parties in the last month, including one at Jake Paul’s on the 11th of July, the Hype House party on the 22nd of July and another on the 25 of July. In a clip with YouTuber and ex Erika Costell, taken at the most recent event, the infamous TikTok star says “listen, we don’t f***ing care.”
In response to the criticism, Mongeau took to her Instagram Story to apologise and acknowledge that her behaviour was “careless and irresponsible.”
“Partying [and] going to any social gatherings during a global pandemic was such a careless and irresponsible action on my behalf,” she said. “I fully hold myself accountable for this [and] will be staying inside.”
“The comment we made was NOT intended as it was perceived,” added Costell. “Saying “we don’t care” was about our previous “beef.” It was in no way related to the COVID-19 pandemic we are in.”
California, where a majority of these influencers live, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the John Hopkins University of Medicine, Los Angeles county has the most confirmed cases in America: 174,000 confirmed infected, nearly 4,500 deaths, and thousands more infected cases reported daily.
So, it’s extremely important that influencers practise social distancing, stay at home unless necessary, wear a face mask and, again, don’t attend large social gatherings.