James Charles and Manny Gutierrez issued an apology to Alicia Keys.
The 21-year-old YouTuber tweeted an apology to the singer on Thursday, August 6 after he posted a tweet that referenced the Keys and her latest lifestyle beauty brand.
The social media celebrity tweeted, “Yesterday, I posted a subtweet about how I thought some celebrities shouldn’t launch makeup lines. It was about @aliciakeys. A few years ago, she announced that she no longer would wear makeup, so I was bothered because many celebrities come into the beauty space as a cash grab without any actual passion and then leave.”
James mentioned deleting his tweet after a few minutes after realizing that it’s childish to indirect tweet someone. He also added that he’s not the gatekeeper of makeup. According to him, it’s not up to him which brands people should support or not. Also, he said he was happy to have deleted the post because he discovered after further reading that the singer’s beauty line is for skincare and not makeup.
He added, “This was my mistake and I should’ve read more before tweeting because literally who BETTER to talk about keeping your skin clear without makeup. Regardless of my intention with my tweet, it ended up being a microaggression against someone I respect, so to @aliciakeys I owe a direct apology—I’m sorry. It wasn’t my place to gatekeep this industry. I can’t wait to support and try out the products, and I know the brand will be worth a billion in a few years.”- Advertisement -
The subtweet James was referencing to was the one he shared on Wednesday, August 5. Based on the screenshots shard on social media, the influencer posted that people who don’t wear makeup should not be coming out with their own makeup brands. He added that this is just his opinion.
Meanwhile, Manny Gutierrez who goes by Manny MUA also received criticisms after tweeting his thoughts. He tweeted by asking if anyone else get irritated when celebrities come out with their makeup lines especially when they don’t even wear makeup. He said that unlike with Rihanna and Kylie, they’re glam girls who wear makeup so he could see why.
in regards to my tweet yesterday ❤️ pic.twitter.com/gO1CFNL2id— Manny MUA (@MannyMua733) August 6, 2020
Though both James and Manny didn’t mention who they were referring to, it wasn’t long before fans figured it was Keys’ new brand with e.l.f. Beauty, which was announced earlier that day, that they were referring to.
The social media celebs went under fire with fans telling them to apologize to Keys. Manny, like James, also took to Twitter to issue an apology.