Charlie Puth Isn't the Biggest Artist, but He Has Faced Several Controversies

Charlie Puth has said some dumb things over the years, and Taylor Swift has reminded everyone of them.


May 8 2024, Published 12:59 p.m. ET

Charlie Puth at the Kids Choice Awards.
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Whether or not you think Charlie Puth should be a bigger artist, you may be aware that during his time in the spotlight, he has faced a few controversies. Thanks to Taylor Swift's single mention of him in "The Tortured Poets Department," many people are revisiting those controversies and the singer's overall career.

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While the controversies Charlie has faced range in severity, we've got a full rundown of every single one. Here's what you need to know about every major backlash he has faced over his career.

Charlie Puth at the Breakthrough Prize in April 2024.
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Charlie Puth has faced a series of controversies.

The most recent controversy that Charlie has faced has to do with the ongoing war in Gaza. Based on a screenshot that was posted online, Charlie has been accused of liking a post from Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp decrying Hamas and those who support the Palestinian people. Charlie has also been accused of liking other pro-Israel content on social media, although most of this hasn't been verified.

This has caused controversy online due to the nature of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where 34,000 people have been killed following Israel's invasion. Israel's invasion was in response to a hostile attack by Hamas that killed 1,200 Israelis and took hundreds more hostage. As the war has continued, popular support has swung toward the Palestinians, most of whom weren't directly involved in the Hamas attack.

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Other old comments from Charlie have also been dragged up.

As is often the case when someone is deemed problematic online, someone will pull up all of their oldest and most inflammatory comments, as if to prove that they were always a little suspect.

In Charlie's case, one set involves something he said following Kesha's allegations that her producer Dr. Luke had sexually assaulted her. Charlie said that the lawsuit that had been filed was "devastating," but ended things on a strange note.

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Charlie said, "Nobody wins at the end of the day.” He added, “I hope Kesha comes out with some new songs because we really need that.” Of course, the lawsuit wasn't equally devastating for both of them. Kesha's musical output probably wasn't the most important thing to emphasize at precisely that moment.

On top of those comments, Charlie has also faced criticism for the way he explained the song "Attention," which was one of his biggest hits. Many suspect that the song is about his short-lived relationship with Selena Gomez, and while he has never explicitly confirmed that, he has hinted at it.

In explaining the meaning of the lyrics, Charlie said that they described a woman who invited him up to her hotel room repeatedly, but he wouldn't sleep with her.

“I knew that she was trying to make me so embedded to her that I would never leave her,” he said. “But I would never get what I wanted out of her. So she was doing that repetitively just to get something out of me, which was to be attached to her hips at all times.”

Not exactly the most feminist sentiment in the world.

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