TikTok star Charli D’Amelio has come under some major fire from fans after a video of her being rude to her personal chef hit the web. Yep, the TikTok star has lost more than one million followers on the video streaming site for her recent actions, and fans are really not happy with her.
Who Is Charli D’Amelio?
For those who don’t know, at only 16 years old, D’Amelio is the most followed person on TikTok — with almost 100 million followers. She has become most known for her amazing dances, and was named the second highest-earning TikTok personality by Forbes and was placed on Fortune‘s 40 Under 40 list in 2020. She also made her acting debut this year when she starred in the animated flick StarDog and TurboCat. Plus, she has also launched her own nail polish collection, makeup line and sweatshirt collection.
What Happened In The Chef Video?
In a new video posted to her family’s YouTube channel on Monday, November 16, Charli, her sister, Dixie D’Amelio, their parents, Marc and Heidi D’Amelio and fellow influencer James Charles were all having dinner together. But when their personal chef Aaron May presented them with the food he made — a Spanish dish called paella — many people felt the girls were disrespectful to him.
“It’s classic paella, and it’s actually an omen of good luck and fortune,” the chef explained to the D’Amelio family. But Charli quickly fired back, “Liars.”
When Dixie took a bite of the dish — which contained cooked snails — she started gagging and ran out of the room to throw up. After coming back in she explained, “I threw up. that was not good.”
Charli then asked her personal chef — who has been showcased on the Food Network and inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame as a “Chef Extraordinaire” — if she could eat “dino nuggets” instead.
Yikes. But that’s not all. Charli has also been slammed for complaining about not having reached 100 million followers yet in the video. At the time, she boasted 99.5 million, but after coming under fire for her comments, she has now gone down to 98.5 million.
“Ugh, I just wish I had more time because imagine if I hit 100 mil one year after hitting a mil,” the social media star said in the vlog.
“95 million not enough for you?” Charles responded sarcastically.
Has Charli D’Amelio Responded To The Backlash?
During an Instagram Live on Thursday, November 19, Charli responded to the backlash once and for all.
“All of this is happening because [of] a misunderstanding,” she said as she broke down in tears. “I just feel like that’s not OK, and if this is the community that I’m in and the community that I put myself in, I don’t know if I wanna do that anymore. I know that this is gonna be a huge joke to whoever sees it, but like, at the end of the day, just, like, be nice. I feel like it’s not that hard, and you can say whatever. You can say I’m disrespectful, you can say I don’t have basic human decency, but at the end of the day, I’m still a person.”
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The dancer added that she did not want her followers “to think that I don’t care” about them as people or view them only as “numbers.” She also took to Twitter, writing, “Tomorrow I will be back posting normal content with a smile on my face! At the end of the day i know I am a good person with a good heart and I will never change that about myself. I love you all!”
tomorrow i will be back posting normal content with a smile on my face! at the end of the day i know i am a good person with a good heart and i will never change that about myself. i love you all!! 💕— charli d’amelio (@charlidamelio) November 20, 2020
Has Her Sister, Dixie D’Amelio, Responded?
Dixie defended herself as well. In a TikTok video posted on Wednesday, November 18, she explained, “My family and I have been working with Chef Aaron May for a couple of months now, working on content for our channel and working on content for his channel, and [we’ve] made an amazing friendship. Before I even get into anything, I’m so grateful for every single person that follows me, every single person I care about, every single person I work with, every single person who works with me because I’m just so grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve had. My team knows I throw up a lot. I throw up at the smell, the thought or the test of anything. So, when they saw the snails, they were like, ‘Oh, let’s get her and try to see if we can get a reaction out of her.’ … I love [our] chef, and I would never disrespect him in any way.”
What Have Other Celebrities Said About It?
Charles quickly came to the girls’ defence.
“This Charli situation is NOT sitting right with me,” he tweeted on Thursday. “100M followers in one year and y’all expect her to know how to be a perfect role model? Death threats because she’s a picky eater and made a joke about a milestone? 30+ year olds dragging someone half their age? Feels familiar.”
this charli situation is NOT sitting right with me... 100M followers in one year & y'all expect her to know how to be a perfect role model? death threats because she's a picky eater & made a joke about a milestone? 30+ year olds dragging someone half their age? feels familiar 😐— James Charles (@jamescharles) November 19, 2020
Chef May also spoke out about the situation. Paparazzi caught up with him while he was out with D’Amelio‘s Creative Director Tommy Burns, and they explained that it was all just a joke.
“I would call it ‘fake news’ right now. Those girls are the greatest, I love them. It was all fun and games,” he said. “Not at all, not at all [were my feelings hurt]. I don’t expect her to love the snails. Like I said, somebody thought it would be funny to feed them snails, and they reacted the way they reacted. It’s all good.”
Burns added, “It was my idea. We’re in the content business, and I’ve known Dixie and Charli for a long time, I’ve known the family for a long time. I knew Dixie would eat it, she’s fearless, she’s afraid of nothing. I knew she would try it, I knew she probably wouldn’t like it.”