James Charles & Tana Mongeau Face Backlash After Attending Massive Party During Cali's COVID-19 Crisis
James Charles has apologised for attending a massive birthday party for Larri 'Larray' Merritt last week, which saw an estimated 67 top influencers crammed together, most of them not wearing masks.
TikTok and YouTube stars including Tana Mongeau, Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, Nikita Dragun and Emma Chamberlain were among those who celebrated Larri's birthday with dinner at BOA Steakhouse followed by a night out at the Hype House, both in LA. Hype House cofounder Thomas Petrou told The Hollywood Fix that while 67 attendees were inside the venue, “hundreds” more waited outside, hoping to be let in.
Nikita Dragun also attended Larray’s birthday party with Tana Mongeau and other Hype House members pic.twitter.com/jGK6nMTtvK
— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) July 22, 2020
Naturally, the group copped heaps of backlash from fans, with some choosing to unfollow the influencers who attended.
i love larray to death.. but what the fuck was nikita and him thinking... CA cases just passed NY and that’s literally such an issue... and then there’s a huge party with no one wearing a mask... setting great examples for all your fans... it’s really not ok.. think shit through
— laur (@VOUGEILY) July 23, 2020
ok but larray’s party is like coronavirus central??? what the fuck lmao and DO NOT tell me they had temperature scanners at the door because i know DAMN well they wouldn’t have done that😭 just cuz covid isn’t trending doesn’t mean it’s not still happening (most in the us)
— • megan • (@dixisontweets) July 22, 2020
Tana Mongeau, James Charles, Nikita Dragun, Charli D’Amelio and other Hype House members: *pretends to care about COVID*
Internet when they post themselves at parties: pic.twitter.com/lE6Jn5jgaT
— Dennis Feitosa (@gowithdennis) July 22, 2020
is there a comprehensive list of everyone that went? so I can unfollow, not support, and avoud for making a pandemic a joke?
— yamz (@coffeedarlingz) July 22, 2020
James posted a written statement on a vlog afterwards: “Even though I have been wearing a mask in public and have tested negative multiple times, going to a party during a pandemic was a selfish & stupid decision. People’s safety and keeping COVID-19 contained is FAR more important than celebrating a friends birthday and unsafe partying is not something I want to promote to my audience."
“I recognise that with my platform comes responsibility, and I encourage you guys to be smarter than I was.”
This is James Charles’ response to attending a party with other influencers where no ine wore masks or complied with social distance protocols... I might make a thread on this because I’m just pissed tf off at people at this point lol pic.twitter.com/NObe2vyJEj
— Sridevi ✨ (@srisri1009) July 26, 2020
Tana has also since apologised, writing: “Partying/going to any social gatherings during a global pandemic was such a careless and irresponsible action on my behalf. I fully hold myself accountable for this + will be staying inside. Actions like that don’t deserve a platform and I want to fully apologise and be better than this. I’m sorry. ... I need to be a better example and person.”
Tana Mongeau and other influencers attended TikToker Larray’s birthday party yesterday. Tana has been going out to different parties every night. She recently promised a series of videos addressing all the allegations of racism made against her. What are your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/9tRKsydMuB
— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) July 22, 2020
The statements come after YouTuber Tyler Oakley called out the party-goers, pleading with them to social distance, wear their masks and use their platforms to encourage responsibility. Larri had responded: “I understand 100% where ur coming from & it was a dumb thing to do. I will do better & will actually take this shit seriously.”
hi @jamescharles @NikitaDragun @tanamongeau @larrayxo @charlidamelio @dixiedamelio & any others who have been partying in large groups - please consider social distancing, mask wearing, & using your huge platforms to encourage responsibility during a worldwide pandemic. https://t.co/G3CeWfk3uZ
— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) July 22, 2020
i understand 100% where ur coming from & it was a dumb thing to do. I will do better & will actually take this shit seriously. appreciate you tyler much love
— larri (@larrayxo) July 22, 2020
The day after the party, on Wednesday, California announced a whopping 12,807 new cases of the virus, bringing the state’s confirmed case total to 413,576.
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