It seems like the 16-year-old TikTok sensation, Charli D’Amelio, is getting a taste of what it’s like to be cancelled on social media. Charli, who is known for being the most followed TikTok account, has been receiving backlash over comments she made on her family’s YouTube video series.
So what really happened for her to deserve all this hate, you ask?
Let’s go back to November 16, the day the D’Amelio family posted the first episode of Dinner With The D’Amelios. In the series, the family invites a mystery guest to dine with the family. The first guest was YouTuber and family friend, James Charles. YouTuber and chef Aaron May, who has been working as a private chef for the D’Amelios, prepared the food, which included a plant-based paella for her mom, and a classic Valencia paella with shrimp, chicken, and snails.
Everything was going swell until Dixie, her sister, was asked to eat the snail as it would bring her ‘fortune and good luck.’ Dixie gagged in front of the chef and ran off-camera to throw up after trying the mollusk. Meanwhile, Charli asked, “Do we have any dino nuggets?” as she munched on bread. Later on, Charli lamented that she wasn’t going to hit 100 million TikTok followers on the anniversary of hitting 1 million followers. “Ugh, I wish I had more time. Because imagine if I hit 100 mil a year after hitting a mil.” James Charles pokes fun at her: “Was the 95 [million] not enough for you?”
As the clips were cut and spread on social media, Trisha Paytas, a 32-year-old YouTuber with 3.8 million followers on TikTok, reacted to the video that called out the behavior of the siblings for being ungrateful. Viewers of the viral clip found the siblings to be “snobby” and “entitled” which then began the decline of Charli’s followers. She has lost over 1 million as of writing, as well as receiving the standard death threats that have somehow become normalized in being cancelled.
Charli addressed the controversy on Instagram Live on November 19, calling it a “misunderstanding.” She explained how her team knows she and her sister are picky eaters, and that including snails in the dish was meant to be a fun prank. “Blatantly disrespecting the fact that I’m still a human being is not okay at all,” she said between tears. “You can hate on me for whatever I’ve done, but the fact that all of this is happening because of a misunderstanding, I just feel like that’s not okay. And if this is the community that I’m in and the community that I put myself in, I don’t know if I want to do that anymore.”
She then called out Trisha Paytas on her live. “You have been completely rude to me multiple times, saying: ‘she doesn’t have a personality, she can’t dance.’ You have your own problems, please stop worrying about mine…” Charli adds, “Please stop talking about me, you’re not a very nice person.”
Trisha, while known for her cultural appropriation and transphobic remarks in the past, was quick to respond, saying: “I’m not worried about you. I’m commentating on poor behavior because that’s the only way you will be able to grow and change.”
Really? All this because a 16-year-old wanted to eat Dino nuggets instead of snails for dinner … and for being excited about a milestone?