CoverGirl’s First CoverBoy James Charles Said All Africa Has Is Ebola
Now, when CoverGirl first released that they were going to have their very first CoverBoy, I thought it was an exciting idea. Finally, a well-known company was realizing that makeup shouldn’t just be marketed towards one gender. If you’re a guy and want to wear makeup, so what? Makeup isn’t limited by gender and that’s part of the reason that I’m so passionate about makeup! While I was never the biggest fan of James Charles, I wasn’t going to hate on him because of him being a frontman for CoverGirl. His personality just wasn’t something I wanted to jam with.
This morning I logged onto my Twitter and I saw that James Charles was trending. Figuring that maybe he just released a new feature with CoverGirl, I clicked on the trend to see what newest product was being released to the market. But, boy oh boy, was I wrong.
James said WHAT?!
I know, I know. I was super shocked when I saw it too. Quickly, I clicked on his tweet to see what everyone’s reaction was. While I personally wasn’t super offended, I did find the tweet to be quite tasteless. As I began to go through his profile, hoping to find some sort of apology, telling his followers that he didn’t realize how offensive his tweet was. I understand that he’s only 17 and doesn’t quite understand how the world works. I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. . .
But, instead of a heartfelt apology or even a half-thought out apology, I found this. For me, it’s not even about James saying that all Africa has is Ebola. Personally, for me, it’s about how he didn’t own up to his mistake, how he didn’t own up to offending some people, and how he threw a fouled mouth tantrum like a two-year-old. When you’re followed by as many people as James Charles is, you think that he would at least thought of being some type of role model to his younger followers.
The whole lesson that should have been learned here was to own up to your mistakes when you’re in the wrong, even if you don’t realize it at first.