YouTube star James Charles has once again found himself embroiled in controversy.
The 20-year-old internet celebrity posted footage on Instagram from his New Year's Eve celebration with friends, including one selfie video shared to his Instagram Story that showed him singing along to rapper Saweetie's breakout 2019 hit, "My Type."
In the 12-second clip that Charles posted of himself, he sings along to the lyrics, "Rich n***a, eight-figure, that's my type / That's my type, n***a that's my type / Eight-inch big, ooh, that's good pipe."
Why is nobody talking about James Charles SAYING THE N WORD TWO TIMES IN A IG STORY. 🤢 pic.twitter.com/oZy9oXX3IA— Joaquín (@JoacoSevitz) January 1, 2020
Twitter user @JoacoSevitz was seemingly the first to call attention to the footage, in which it's unclear whether or not the divisive YouTube star sang or skipped the N-word while the song played.
"Why is nobody talking about James Charles SAYING THE N WORD TWO TIMES IN A IG STORY," the Twitter account said.
When a fan tweeted at Charles asking if he had, he issued a staunch reply.
"no? turn up the volume & listen, I skip over it," he tweeted. "how stupid would I have to be to confidently record a video of me singing the n word and still have it up the next morning."
no? turn up the volume & listen, I skip over it. how stupid would I have to be to confidently record a video of me singing the n word and still have it up the next morning— James Charles (@jamescharles) January 1, 2020
Fans were divided on the footage, with some condemning Charles for singing the word, while others agreeing with him saying he skipped over the word while singing along to the song.
apparently james charles said the n word .. but we already knew how james is, but y’all cancel him every other month and then still fw him a month later, and buy his shit. #jamescharlesisoverparty— 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐞 (@parkyourjimins) January 1, 2020
Holl up james charles FILMED HIMSELF saying the n word then decided to upload it to his public account and STILL hasnt deleted it or addressed it????? Lets leave this clown in 2019pic.twitter.com/teYmwnhXQG— Leona 🇮🇪 (@paddyhag) January 1, 2020
i feel like this is the 100th time this shit has trended. y’all ended his ass so many times but keep coming back the moment he makes a video shedding his fake tears. y’all some clowns but are we surprised? no. #jamescharlesisoverpartypic.twitter.com/ewXesOJQz3— nede (@fredsfitzell) January 1, 2020
Multiple other people said that critics were "reaching" by accusing Charles of singing the N-word: "I’m not a James Charles fan by any means but this man did not say the n word," one person proclaimed. "he just had his mouth open."
"Y’all will do anything to get this poor man cancelled," another fan wrote. "LEAVE JAMES ALONE."
Meanwhile, some took issue with it being a controversy at all, saying that, because those are the song's lyrics, it should be okay for him to sing along. Others quickly shot down this point of view in the replies.
When someone on Twitter said, "even IF he did. He's singing a song, he's not using it to attack anyone," the person who originally posted Charles' video replied, "The n word is offensive in every single case."
The n word is offensive in every single case.— Joaquín (@JoacoSevitz) January 1, 2020
As the clip began to make the rounds online, the hashtag #JamesCharlesIsOverParty became a trending topic on Twitter.
This is far from the first time that James Charles has courted controversy. Earlier this year, his very public feud with fellow YouTube beauty influencer Tati Westbrook became a rare example of YouTube drama crossing over into mainstream media.