Did James Charles Drop the N-Word in This Instagram Video?

Beauty YouTuber James Charles has recently come under fire after posting a video rapping along to a song, where viewers claim he dropped the n-word.

Sara Belcher - Author

Feb. 8 2021, Updated 4:07 p.m. ET

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Popular YouTuber James Charles is no stranger to controversy. He's been accused of sexually harassing straight men by his old friend Tati Westbrook, going so far as to allegedly identify as a woman on Tinder to continue to match with men, on top of other negative behaviors.

And it doesn't end there. 

James recently posted a video of him at a New Year's Eve party to his Instagram stories, where some people are claiming he clearly said the n-word.

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James denies that he said the n-word in the video.

In the story, James is rapping along to Saweetie's song, "My Type," screaming along with the lyrics over the sound of the crowd. People watching the video claim that when the song drops the n-word, James continues to rap along.

The story has since been recorded and shared on Twitter, where the hashtag #JamesCharlesIsOverParty started trending. 

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One user tweeted at James, plainly asking if he said the n-word in his video.

His response: "No?" 

"Turn up the volume & listen," he said. "I skip over it. how stupid would I have to be to confidently record a video of me singing the n word and still have it up the next morning."

But not everyone is buying it. 

"you definitely did, and also the person around you too/ lmao u hang around w those people..?" user @yoongismyyogurt replied to his response.

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This wouldn't be the first time James has been accused of being racist. 

Whether or not James actually dropped the n-word in the video is up for debate, but this wouldn't be the first time that the internet has accused him of saying something racist. Back in 2017, James was going on a class trip to Africa and tweeted about potentially catching Ebola while there. At the time, parts of Africa were coming down from an intense Ebola outbreak.

"'I can't believe we're going to Africa today omg what if we get Ebola?' 'James we're fine we could've gotten it at chipotle last year,'" the tweet read. Immediately his followers called out the comment as offensive, claiming it suggested that everyone on the content was infected with the deadly disease.

In response, he immediate deleted the tweet, but allegedly blocked anyone who called him out on the tweet, as well as told people to "stop being so offensive".

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James later posted a notes-app style apology for the tweet, saying he was owning up to his mistake. Since seeing the video from his Instagram, people are likening the two incidents, saying that people should've seen this coming.

"y’all james charles has been problematic since he said that one thing abt eb*la but ur just now realizing that he should be canceled?" Twitter user @codysferns tweeted.

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James was accused of sexual harassment last year. 

To add to the number of times the internet has tried to cancel James, Tati Westbrook posted a video about James last year, alleging that he would frequently flirt with and pressure straight men into hooking up with him.

"You are using your fame, your power, your money, to play with people's emotions," Tati said in her now-deleted video. "You're threatening to ruin them. You're threatening to embarrass them, and you're doing that to have them behave sexually in your favor, even if they're straight."

While James posted his own video denying the allegations, he was later found on the dating app Tinder, where people claimed his (verified) profile identified him as a female, coming up as a recommendation for straight men on the app. 

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