James Charles Responds to ‘Mugshot Challenge’ Backlash

Not only are you and the others (that are getting heat too) romanticizing abuse but you’re triggering millions of people! Doing up your makeup like this & tiggering alot [sic] of people who suffer from ptsd of abuse,” as one user wrote, while another person added that the challenge was “extremely triggering for survivors of abusive relationships & those attacked by police.”there’s nothing funny about domestic violence— َ­ (@bocababyloves) April 6, 2020 This isn’t cool. The Weeknd wasn’t following an internet trend. Which happens to something extremely triggering for survivors of abusive relationships & those attacked by police. #domesticabuse #isntajoke pic.twitter.com/9xuREk1U6j— Paddy🦋 (@blugoddessrocks) April 6, 2020 Ya know whats not cute? what about action movies? James Charles is under fire for taking part in a triggering viral trend known as the “Mugshot Challenge.”Yesterday, the beauty influencer posted a photo of himself made up to look like he had a black eye and bloody nose — something that led many to say Charles was trying to “glamorize abuse,” physical assault, and domestic violence. it’s a TikTok trend going around where people post their ‘mugshots’ and has nothing to do with domestic violence whatsoever.” hi babe, I’m so sorry that you went through something so awful and traumatic. halloween? this is nothing new.”I do understand that but this dumb trend has nothing to do with domestic abuse. this is nothing new— James Charles (@jamescharles) April 6, 2020 Not only that, but Charles responded to another fan who recounted her own heartbreaking experience with abuse by writing, “hi babe, I’m so sorry that you went through something so awful and traumatic. it’s a tik tok trend going around where people post their “mugshots” and has nothing to do with domestic violence whatsoever. halloween? special effects? Disappointed but NOT surprised.— •Nikki Marie Photo• (@NYCNolita) April 6, 2020 You literally glamorized getting assaulted. He also wasn’t romanticizing being arrested for retweets pic.twitter.com/upwK4xSkAE— tÿlor (@guerillabIack) April 6, 2020 Charles then continued to double down on his post in subsequent responses, replying to one user who argued that the trend itself was “triggering to many,” by writing, “I do understand that but this dumb trend has nothing to do with domestic abuse. Doing up your makeup like this & tiggering alot of people who suffer from ptsd of abuse. special effects? Completely distasteful. love you— James Charles (@jamescharles) April 6, 2020 Despite all this though, Charles has since clarified that his initial response was “not an apology.” this is not an apology lol— James Charles (@jamescharles) April 6, 2020 If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.Photo via Getty Don’t glamorize abuse for likes. In another since-removed tweet, he also asked why the cover of The Weeknd’s new album After Hours — which features the singer with a bloody face — wasn’t seen as “glorifying violence or abuse.”despite the fact that hundreds of other influencers and artists have done something similar, I deleted the mugshot trend because it was never my intention to trigger anyone & it’s a waste of time trying to have an open discussion with people who hate me regardless ✌🏼— James Charles (@jamescharles) April 6, 2020 James Charles is so lame. what about action movies? simple bloody noses? pic.twitter.com/kpHSyxUOCs— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 6, 2020 “Ya know whats not cute? simple bloody noses? James Charles slammed for promoting the new #MugshotChallenge, which encourages users to post ‘mugshots’ with fake injuries. This isnt a super cute fuckin trend you and everyone else should be getting behind much less participating in. pic.twitter.com/KF68sNTGyk— Britney (@wambeyaa) April 6, 2020 Following the backlash, Charles deleted the photo and tried to defend himself by writing that “hundreds of other influencers and artists have done something similar.” “I deleted the mugshot trend because it was never my intention to trigger anyone & it’s a waste of time trying to have an open discussion with people who hate me regardless,” he said.

Patrick Starrr Is Rewriting the Laws of Beauty

Sometimes I actually forget that I am plus size. I go to this food market in LA, Smorgasburg, and every time there’s always someone traveling and I’ll see a little white girl, a little Asian girl. I do want to maintain a healthy weight long-term, too. I thought how can I show authority? And she said to me, “Wow, you are just so tan!” Because in Asia, the bright, light skin is so popular. It’s crazy looking back on it.It is crazy. Are there any people you are still fantasizing about collaborating with?I just want to breathe in the same room as Oprah. and she was so willing and able, which I think contributes to her success. And now I’m snapping and taking Instagram pictures and stories with my bald head fully out in the open. I had an interview with a very, very, very famous Filipino celebrity, Kris Aquino. I just love when people get to see my makeup and my whole regalia in person and be shocked that I look just as good. The gag is when they see my ass in person and how ultimate the Patrick Starrr look is because people are like, “Wow you look so much better in person.” I’m like, “What the fuck is that supposed to mean?”[laughs]I’m okay with retouching as long as you can back it up in person. Am I doing what I love? She’s one of the former president’s daughters. I know that there’s controversy around him and there’s controversy around everyone. I could really shed light to these newcomers in the industry that they can make it too.Finally, have you developed a beauty look for Zoom or Houseparty chats during quarantine? No, because when I meet these people that come up and say hello and how I’ve changed their lives, I look at my portal of social media like a refugee center for people that are disowned or that don’t have a place to go. She had her contour and highlight stick. PAPER caught up with him to hear all about what it’s like to be a makeup maestro, how he believes that makeup is a one-size fits all scenario and what he’s been doing to stay amused during quarantine. You’re going to make mistakes. As soon as she walks in, I said, “Oh my god, you’re a hologram.” That’s the first thing I said: “You’re a hologram.” It was just unbelievable for her… I cannot pay these kids to respect me, but they can see that I created a campaign for two of my clients in Sephora, with their products, with their signature! It’s so funny, one time I went to this wig store in Santee Alley in Los Angeles and I told my assistant that was with me: “If I buy these clip-on bangs and tuck them into my turban… Yes. Related | Watch Kim Kardashian Spill All Her Beauty Secrets to Patrick StarrrWhen you were young, did you have people who were beauty icons to you? When I first got recognized, I was so taken aback. Lol.In terms of body positivity, I love it. In the midst of it all, he’s a breath of body positivity and inclusivity on the internet, loving his size, not hiding his baldness and inspiring plus size followers to love themselves. I’d rather see someone with a strong identity than none at all and that’s what resonates with me the most.Tell me a little bit about when you worked with Kim Kardashian because obviously at PAPER we’re big fans.She had her first-ever launch at her home. It showed a sense of credibility in the sense that I could do more than just my own makeup and that’s what happened. He hasn’t done that.Interesting. I think what’s most important is even for me being so unconventional, me alone, being brown, being overweight, being bald, being crazy… She’s just being so nice.” It’s my first time meeting her, I was like, “This will never happen.” Then I attended VidCon and my brother was like, “Don’t look at your emails. Are there not enough shades? How are you keeping busy and entertained during quarantine?It doesn’t get better than Disney+ and being quarantined. I’ve taken steps to take away negative comments, to take away bad words, inappropriate language off my social media on purpose so there is a space for them. She is bluffing. Do some praise the fact they’re with him? I have a surprise.” My nosy ass was in my emails before he could run to the green room to tell me. I can show adversity, diversity, credibility, authority, in my space using makeup.” As she took America’s Next Top Model, I took my YouTube Channel and did the same. In regards to James, cancel culture is just a trend, but I think it’s how you handle it post-trauma. If I do decide to wear makeup for virtual meetings, you can catch me wearing the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter all over my face applied and massaged with my hands with a little dusting of loose powder, mascara and a tinted lip balm from Tatcha! when I started my channel, I didn’t know who to blueprint or who to manifest my career after. How do you feel about being plus size?I love being able to show other plus size girls and boys that they can do it. This is fake. What do you think about that?I’m fine with retouching. Even being bald is a thing. And, with the launch of Beauty Coop, Patrick’s agency and incubator for beauty influencers, he’s now mentoring and managing talent, shaping their careers and brokering deals with cosmetics companies. It was all fun.Now speaking of un-fun topics, a while ago there was that whole James Charles drama. Do you have any plans for the future that you want to share or conquer?I am just trying to take the wheel and inspire these kids with campaigning with The Beauty Coop. @patrickstarrr on Instagram: “Waiting for my @barbie collab like…”
Since then, he’s worked with everyone from Kim Kardashian, Kris and Kylie Jenner to Paris Hilton, Katie Perry and Naomi Campbell. I get it too. But I think for the fans, checking that and acknowledging that I have a platform, it’s important for me to just be myself. We’ve had two Miss Universes already.Does having gotten such acclaim help you with your insecurities or does it almost reinforce your insecurities because you’re under a microscope?I don’t feel like I’m under a microscope at all. Believe it or not, I was lifting weights at the gym in Orlando and this girl goes, “Oh my god, are you Patrick Starrr?” and I blinked and was like, “How the hell did she recognize me without all the makeup?” But because of the power of Instagram [Stories], it’s inevitable that people recognize me without makeup. She makes a cameo in the wedding scene of Crazy Rich Asians. Being a minority in her space and myself being a minority in my space, I said, “She is a minority taking modeling to the next level on a platform like her channel and her show to exemplify credibility and authority in her industry.” I said, “I have the same kind of starter pack in a different way. The viewership is there. Am I doing this for the right reasons? Date.” I was still in denial. I’m a little bit more old school and I always felt like if we’re going to be in a magazine, we want to look our best and have a little bit of help. And she was just so shocked. Is there enough xyz? The name says it all: Patrick Starrr is a beauty world superstar.The Orlando native first became interested in beauty in high school, after he began shooting headshots for friends and experimenting with Photoshop to add makeup and erase blemishes. She did the first-ever swatches on me. I think what the best thing is about each individual is a strong sense of brand DNA. This is fake. That’s what the new generation is. The beauty community could use a little bit of Oprah.A lot of the kids today are horrified by retouching. Am I happy? I have friends around me that humble my ass…[laughs]That tell me I ain’t shit and—What good friends! It’s such a high totem pole instead of this structured building, that they fall really easily and that’s not what I’m there for. You’re going to learn. I really want to see Youtubers do my makeup.” I said in my head, “Bullshit. I… I also enjoy making matcha from home with a little agave syrup to start my dayLove it.Photography: Patrick Starr Are there enough shades? I love that I am able to dress in my own unique personal style with my body type. In 2014, he started his YouTube channel, which today has almost 4.5 million subscribers. It’s all in good fun. Yeah. Seeing Tyra, I literally paralleled my YouTube entrepreneurship after her. So, I’m looking and it’s from Kardashian-Jenner Communications and it’s just like: “Kim Kardashian would love for you to do her makeup. I think that’s what’s really important when it comes to being a person blessed with a large platform. We all Facetune. I think he handled it very well. I think that’s most important.Has your size ever been an issue for you or have you always loved yourself?I think even as people see me being confident and body positive, I still second guess myself. Is there enough drama? I think from a business/social standpoint, the numbers are there. Do you feel like people can bounce back from being cancelled?[James] is a force to be reckoned with. What are your thoughts about Jeffree?He’s an amazing businessperson. Do you have many plus size fans?Oh my gosh, it is just all over. I think I’ve had the most celebrity collaborations on my beauty channel alone with Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian. He’s a new kind of voice for the generation and with beauty in general, this industry is going to be forever progressive. What kind of feedback do you get from Filipinos around the world?I just march to the beat of my own damn drum. just to pass it on. I foreshadowed boys in makeup already being a thing. Blah Blah Blah. I think there is a point of over-retouching, but for me…I Facetune. I’ll see this big ‘ole buff husband: “Yo, my wife loves you!” It’s really cool to see that people are recognizing me or noticing me from YouTube and social media.When you leave the house do you always have to have a full look going?No. But to have seen me on a global campaign in cosmetics plastered in every country beyond the Philippines, beyond the US, spooked her! She’s the most endorsed woman in the Philippines. All the new younger generation is like, “Damn, Patrick Starrr is doing the damn thing.” I really don’t have the time but make the time for them to show the industry as a leader in having run the gamut in beauty from MAC to Benefit to NYX to Ole Henriksen. @patrickstarrr on Instagram: “Onlyfans.com/pstarrr”
What is your typical fan like? But, in regards to being confident in my insecurities, does social media put pressure on it? It would be a thing with the power of RuPaul’s Drag Race and gays and stylists and makeup artists. That’s when I included my best friend on my channel, doing makeup on my mom, having my brothers do my makeup. The video has lots of views and a lot of traditional Filipino people that are superfans of hers and watch her have recognized me. She’s the one that’s like, “Hello!” to the main actress. What’s the look?I’m happy to be giving my skin a break from all the full coverage I’m used to! As soon as I paid cash, $20, for these bangs, I slipped it under the turban, ruffled my bangs, turned around and paid…the store girl goes, “Are you Patrick Starrr?” I said: “Give me my fucking money back, girl!” [laughs] It was so hilarious. After he graduated, he continued both passions, working as a freelance photographer and at MAC Cosmetics, among other gigs. This is fake. I’m checking in with myself mentally before checking in physically in the mirror. It’s funny because when I go around the world, young people ask me a lot about the Kardashian/ Jenners and also Jeffree Star. He’s been socially active among his peers, among his brands, and most importantly, his fans. It’s amazing and it’s possible. I can just get away with [not getting recognized].” Just to be stupid, just out of fun. She’s life’s greatest teacher and just to continue the sentiment, not only to me, but to the kids of what it takes to persevere through what she’s gone through and to be successful… [laughs]It’s the best because they keep me grounded. pshh, barely! But I think it’s just something, even at my age at 29, that the youth need to see.You talk about growing up in a Filipino family and you’re certainly one of the most famous Filipino Americans. So, I think just being visible in that regard, to not just a global audience but the Philippines’ audience too, really made an impression on her and viewers that are traditionally Filipino.Related | Patrick Starr and Desi Perkins Create Memoji Make-up TutorialDo people in the Philippines generally appreciate what a global sensation you are? I love watching That’s So Raven — literally my favorite show! Tyra Banks specifically… I have my share of haters too. I am able to express myself through fashion anytime I get the chance to step on a red carpet or at a photo shoot! Yes, I’m wearing a turban. Yes, I’m plus sized. It’s how you handle it and to not take it for granted. Do some brands [not want] to partner with him? Who inspired you to even experiment with makeup?Not necessarily makeup, it was more media. TV shows like The Swan, Extreme Makeover, What Not to Wear, A Makeover Story on TLC. I’d rather have people that aren’t yes-men because I’ve been around celebrities and I’ve been around friends that have had yes-men around them. I think it’s really cool because, at the end of the day, I cannot buy respect. I believe in mental health first. They’re super honest with me. I Snapchatted it, made it on the show and then she pulled me aside and said, “You know what would be really cool? America’s Next Top Model was one of my favorites. I’m literally breaking all the laws of beauty in her face. I’m a minority. Barely! They can come to my space and my portal and feel safe. I mean, Kris Aquino aside?Yeah, Filipinos are so prideful. Yes, I’m tan.