The Met Gala has come and gone, but like every year, people are still talking about the celebrities that slayed the red carpet and their crazy glam looks. Some of the usual attendees like Kim Kardashian, Zendaya, and Lady Gaga all made their show-stopping appearances. This year's event also welcomed some new faces like Lana Condor, Camila Mendes and her boyfriend, Charles Melton, and other Riverdale couple, Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse.
Even makeup guru James Charles landed an invite to what's probably the most exclusive event in the world. James knows how much of a big deal that is, so he's grabbing the chance to talk about his experience every chance he gets. But one particular comment James made is rubbing a lot of people the wrong way.
For his Met Gala look, James flaunted his nipples in a see-through top made of safety pins, paired with black satin Alexander Wang pants. The day after the event, James showed off his look on an Instagram post with the caption, "My first met gala. Thank you so much @youtube for inviting me and @alexanderwangny for dressing me! Being invited to such an important event, like the ball, is such an honor and a step forward in the right direction for influencer representation in the media, and I am so excited to be a catalyst. Video coming tomorrow!"
In the post, James called himself a catalyst for "influencer representation" and people were f-u-r-i-o-u-s. They accused James of comparing privileged influencers to marginalized groups who fight for representation in literally every field. YouTubers are in the media business, and with more than 16 million followers on his own channel, there's no way James has to fight for representation in the field.
Many of them sounded off on Twitter.
While some were seriously confused as to what he could possibly mean, others were so dumfounded they just responded with pure sarcasm.
Others tried to point out that Liza Koshy was actually the first influencer to attend the Met Gala.
In a series of Instagram stories, James seemingly responded to the backlash, saying, "I wanted to say thank you for those who left positive comments on today's Met Gala video, the reaction is definitely quite split. I knew this was going to happen, though…Anytime anything like this ever happens, with an influencer doing something new, people tend to be very up in arms about it, but I can see why. But regardless, it was such a huge honor and I had so much fun being there. I met so many amazing people and nothing is going to take away [the] amazing time that I had."
This isn't the first time James has been in hot water over something he said. In April 2019, he made an offensive comment about transgender men, seemingly putting them in the same category as cisgender women. James apologized for the comment, though, stating his mistake was a learning experience: "I can only imagine how awful it feels to be invalidated by people outside of the community, let alone me, someone within the LGBTQ+ community that has a large platform, and I'm really, really embarrassed by it. I just want my trans brothers and sisters to know that I am sorry, I love all of you so, so, so much and this has been a really cool learning experience for me to be educated on this topic and to learn a whole lot more than I did before."
There's no doubt that the Met Gala was definitely an iconic experience for James and it's okay to be proud of that, but he's just going to have to work a little harder at choosing the right words next time.
This article originally appeared on Seventeen.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.