James Charles Defends MUGSHOT TREND Picture: 'Didn't Make Sense'

"This is when I did "mugshot trend" on TikTok. Do I [...] put it in ‘almost ended my career’? I don’t think so." James Charles says.

7 January 2021 by Fonticha Tran

LOS ANGELES - NOV 11: James Charles at the People's Choice Awards 2018

at the Barker Hanger on November 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, CA — Photo by Jean_Nelson

On December 11, Beauty YouTuber James Charles defends his "mugshot" trend picture, saying that it "didn’t make a lot of sense" that people took it the wrong way and "correlated" it with domestic abuse victims.


Let's rewind.


Back in April, James uploaded a picture of a mock "mugshot" to participate in the "mugshot trend" on TikTok. In the photo, James used makeup to depict a bruised eye, a bloody nose and bloody lips.


Not long after, the controversial trend hit headlines as people began accusing the trend for "glamorizing" incarceration and domestic abuse violence.


As a result, James received a lot of backlash for participating in the trend, and in the end, decided to take down the picture.


Months later, on December 11, James uploaded a YouTube video where he ranks the "scandalous moments" in his career. One of the moments he talks about the "mugshot" trend picture controversy.



"Okay, this next one is definitely something of a sister scandal. And this is when I did mugshot trend on TikTok."

"And I’m gonna put this one in… Do I dare put it in ‘almost ended my career’? I don’t think so. I’m going to put this one in ‘definitely wouldn’t do again, but I learned from the experience’.


James then explains to fans that he posted the photo to participate in the TikTok trend #MugShotChallenge.


"#MugShotChallenge was the trend that blew up on TikTok where basically people were creating makeup looks or making it look like they had gotten arrested."

"Basically, I gave myself a black eye and a bloody nose as if I had gotten in a fight and then, you know, got locked behind bars. And I posted it online."


James then adds that whilst the majority of fans had heard of the trend, there were those who didn't, and started to accuse James of "mocking domestic abuse victims". This quickly blew up on social media.


"You know, most people definitely got the reference and understood the TikTok because they had seen the trend. But it very quickly blew up on social media of people saying that I was mocking domestic abuse victims which was absolutely not the case."

"I could see why this would offend people and I did end up deleting it later on."

Even after deleting the picture, James was still frustrated at the whole situation, saying that the picture had "nothing to do, literally at all, with domestic abuse victims".


"However, this was definitely frustrating because it had nothing to do, literally at all, with domestic abuse victims. I’m not sure why anybody would even want this to correlate in any way, shape or form, that it just didn’t make a lot of sense to me."


But still, James explained that he had learnt from the experience and is now "more careful" about which trends he chooses to participate in.


"I learned from the experience and I’m definitely a lot more careful about what trends I participate in moving forward."

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Fonticha Tran is a news writer at Exclusive Hollywood and is also responsible for researching and writing news articles. She also keeps track of the celebrities’ on our watchlist while monitoring their social media for any new updates.  


Fun fact: Besides constantly being on Twitter and reading up on her favourite celebrities' newest tweets, she's busy rewatching Stranger Things and The Umbrella Academy. 

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