It seems like James Charles is no stranger to being in the public eye for the wrong reasons. Charles recently came under fire for taking part in the #mugshotchallenge that originated on TikTok. The trend consists of people creating makeup looks and taking pictures to show what they think their mugshot would look like. Charles originally posted his “mugshot” on Twitter and Instagram before receiving backlash, prompting him to delete the post.
Fans Said James Charles Triggered Them With His Post
Fans were quick to comment on Charles’ post that he should not be doing a challenge that glamorizes domestic abuse. One fan on Twitter replied to the post and said: “I don’t understand why this would be a trend. I love James but it’s not fun having your face bruised and not being able to cover them up. Maybe I’m being too sensitive but this made me feel really uncomfortable because I couldn’t take mine off. It made me feel so dehumanized.”
Charles replied to that comment saying “hi babe, I’m so sorry that you went through something so awful and traumatic. it’s a TikTok trend going around where people post their “mugshots” and has nothing to do with domestic violence whatsoever. love you.” When another fan called the trend “triggering,” Charles questioned what the challenge had to do with domestic abuse. He referenced action movies and other scenarios where fake blood and makeup are used to portray fake injuries.
People Hope The #MugshotChallenge Will Stop Becoming A Trend
There were several people who had something to say after Charles hopped on this trend. One Twitter user shamed the challenge and said: “y’all should know the abuse women suffer at the hands of incarceration.” It raises a larger question about people who do not know that inmates are sometimes maltreated. Their participation in this challenge neglects the fact that people actually do go through abuse in real life and it is not a pretty sight.
Another Twitter comment called this trend “insensitive” and suggested that people should do something else with their makeup skills. There are dozens of other more positive makeup trends and challenges that people can spend their time doing.
“DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS NO JOKE, NOR AN AESTHETIC” said one comment on Twitter. She advised people not to participate in challenges just to attain hype.
One comment, in particular, came from a girl whose family has experienced domestic violence. She called it “traumatic and heartbreaking.” She said that seeing people put on makeup and pretend to be felons or victims is very hurtful and even more traumatizing.
Charles Deleted His “Mugshot”
After trying to engage with fans about their issues with the #mugshotchallenge, Charles deleted the post. He posted a tweet saying “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.”
He also questioned why artists like The Weeknd and Billie Eilish could post pictures and album covers with fake blood on their faces but he receives backlash when he does it. He said he wanted to prompt an open discussion about this but it seemed like a lot of fans were not on his side.
What do you think about the latest TikTok trend #mugshot challenge? Do you think James Charles takes a lot of heat because of the fact that he has a larger fan base?