A timeline of how the internet turned against TikTok stars Charli D’Amelio and Trisha Paytas in one week

Music-Entertainment
November 21, 2020

   
 
In a tearful response, Charli asked Paytas to stop talking about her, while James Charles jumped in to defend her. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1329839022064029696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw racism isnt even real to these people…. yeah,” wrote one Black YouTube creator. 
Dixie ended up deleting the TikTok and apologizing. 
Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1330044438115209216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw i posted a tiktok with the intention of making a point that didn’t need to be made. i took it down and i sincerely apologize for posting it in the first place and am so thankful for everyone. After she started gaining followers back, Charli stopped posting about the drama and she and Charles moved on with other content. Throughout everything, Paytas has maintained that she can’t be canceled — and if her decade-plus career as a controversial influencer proves anything, it’s that she’s probably right. Most notably, Dixie posted a TikTok dancing along to Paytas rapping the song “F— Tha Police” by NWA. so… Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1328481708589477888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw TODAY IN AWKWARD: Charli D’Amelio complains about not getting 100M followers in 1 year. Charli also addressed Paytas and asked her to stop talking about her. 30+ year olds dragging someone half their age? Charli said Paytas had been “rude” toward her on multiple occasions and had her “own problems” to worry about. But now Charli is the victim, u being friends with a minor is predatory https://t.co/qyPQwSphqU
Paytas said “Charli is the victim” of Charles, who she said was “predatory.” In response, Charles made a TikTok denying that his friendship with Charli was inappropriate and instead listed off some of Paytas’ past controversies, which include her saying the N-word. Please wear a mask or GET THE FUCK OUT 🥰🥰🥰🥰 https://t.co/jm6Dc2DzFd pic.twitter.com/8Fw6yr0aUr
Another popular TikTok creator, Larray, tweeted “good morning to everyone except trisha paytas” on November 20, and she responded by calling him out for attending parties during the COVID-19 pandemic. so… Eventually, Charli lost more than 1 million followers altogether, dipping from 99.5 million to 98.4 million. Dixie, who has struggled with medical issues arising from anxiety, is open about having a sensitive stomach and vomiting frequently. makes her just as bad because she consciously picked that audio because it had the N word… Charli also asked if there were “dino nuggets” instead of the food May cooked, which led fans of the sisters to call them “rude” and “entitled” toward the chef (May told paparazzi that he wasn’t offended and that the snails were intended to trigger a reaction from Dixie). Unfortunately u were the victim then. Dixie D’Amelio scrambles to end video. In her livestream about the video, Charli apologized and said the behavior was “a big misunderstanding” and “taken out of context.” She said she wasn’t treating her followers as a number, but rather that she had a “big surprise” planned for when she hit 100 million followers on TikTok. Both the D’Amelio siblings were defended by 21-year-old beauty YouTuber James Charles, who became friends with the D’Amelio family early on in their TikTok fame. She lost over 1 million after people started calling her “rude” and “entitled” — but after her fans and fellow creators defended her and she apologized, D’Amelio started gaining followers back again. After Charles’ call-out, TikTok creators started to resurface decade-old audio of Paytas singing and rapping along to the N-word in songs. yeah. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1329496296059617280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw this charli situation is NOT sitting right with me… Charli is left confused. just something they can weaponize over others for petty fights https://t.co/5morFM9Yxb
But Dixie’s response was even more controversial, and several Black creators accused her of trivializing and weaponizing racism for a petty internet feud. 
Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1329779857337835521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw As a black person, this… feels familiar 😐
He called out “30+ year olds dragging someone half their age,” a call-out of Paytas and a reference back to Charles’ own explosive 2019 drama with Paytas’ close friend Shane Dawson and Paytas’ former friend Jeffree Star. Charles sarcastically asked, “Was the 95 [million] not enough for you?”
Charli responded that she wanted “even numbers,” which left a bad taste in fans’ mouths and led to a massive unfollowing. Youtube Embed: //www.youtube.com/embed/eiOKp2RAcvs Width: 560px Height: 315px
Celebrity chef Aaron May, who often appears on the Food Network, served the D’Amelio family a traditional Spanish paella with cooked snails. D’Amelio’s older sister Dixie, who is 19, was also criticized during the drama. She reacted to a compilation of clips from the YouTube vlog that showed the sisters acting “ungrateful.”
 
Paytas also called out both Dixie and Charli for acting “unbecoming.” She said Charli, as a minor, didn’t deserve to get hate but said the two sisters needed constructive criticism that their parents and older friends like Charles weren’t providing. But she soon rebounded and D’Amelio is now back up to 99.2 million at the time of publication. James Charles responds “Was the 95M not enough for you?” Things get pretty awkward.  
 
In an explanation video that wasn’t well-received by their angry fans, Dixie explained that her team set her up to elicit a reaction because they knew she would throw up at just the smell of the snails.  
Paytas respond to Dixie’s explanation and said it wasn’t a “sincere” apology.  
Paytas apologized for hurting Charli’s feelings — although she later retracted her apology — but said that it was fair game for anyone to criticize “the most-followed person on social media.”
 
At the same time, Charles chimed in on Twitter to defend D’Amelio. At the end of the YouTube video, Charli told Charles she was hoping to surpass 100 million TikTok followers within one year of hitting 1 million followers. Charli’s followers started unfollowing en masse, and in a 24-hour period, she lost more than 750,000 followers. “The fact that over 99 MILLION people took time out of their days to focus on her and follow her is annoying me at this point,” one commenter said. 32-year-old YouTuber Trisha Paytas, who has 3.8 million TikTok followers, was one of the loudest voices criticizing the D’Amelio siblings. While Charli and Dixie D’Amelio rose to fame on TikTok, the two sisters and their parents have also started successful YouTube channels. While most of the interview segment during the video was uneventful, a few unflattering moments presented Dixie and Charli in a bad light. At the center of the feud is 16-year-old Charli D’Amelio, the most-followed person on TikTok. Before the drama, D’Amelio had more than 99 million TikTok followers. After clips of the D’Amelio sisters’ controversial behavior went viral, Charli started losing followers. She also brought up Charles’ 2019 scandal with Star and Dawson, saying that beauty YouTuber Tati Westbrook made him the “victim then” when Westbrook infamously accused Charles of disloyalty over him endorsing a competing vitamin brand to hers. 
Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1329551241374941184?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Poor parenting on ur parents end James for allowing u to be friends with Tati, a middle aged woman while u were a teen. Dawson and Star, who are both in their 30s, both publicly criticized Charles at the time. 
In response, Paytas pivoted and went after Charles, who clapped back in a TikTok. Paytas kept up the commentary, though. death threats because she’s a picky eater & made a joke about a milestone? Charles has nearly 24 million YouTube subscribers and nearly 30 million TikTok followers. During the video, Dixie tried one of the snails and then ran outside to throw up.  
Creators like Alyssa McKay mocked the fact that many TikTok fans appeared to “switch positions” and go from supporting Paytas to supporting Charles within one day. 
Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1329904931646574592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Hey why don’t u keep spreading covid? Trisha Paytas was one of the biggest voices on TikTok calling out the D’Amelio sisters for being “entitled.”

At the same time that Charli was losing followers, Paytas was rallying criticism on TikTok. On their vlog channel The D’Amelio Family, the four of them started a new segment called “Dinner With The D’Amelios.”
In the first and so far only episode of “Dinner With The D’Amelios,” Charles was the surprise guest. Here’s how all the drama played out.SEE ALSO: A timeline of how the internet turned against the top YouTubers Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star
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On November 16, the D’Amelio family YouTube channel posted a video with James Charles that would soon turn controversial. 100M followers in one year & y’all expect her to know how to be a perfect role model? 👍🏾
“As a black person, this… She put out dozens of tweets and over 100 TikToks about the situation, which is ongoing, as she continues to respond to other creators and people attacking her. But the tables turned on Paytas after Charles called out her own controversial history. pic.twitter.com/t13aTmbR2h
Secondly, an exchange between Charli and Charles left fans saying the 16-year-old was “ungrateful” for her huge following. Paytas then directed her anger toward Charles, who she said was always “playing the victim” and was “creepy” and “predatory” toward Charli. i’m wishing you all a great weekend and thank you again for the love and support 🖤
 
Other TikTokers weighed in on the feud, and Paytas criticized many of them for partying.  
Charles’ TikTok seemed to successfully divert attention from Charli, who started gaining back TikTok followers shortly after. 
As Paytas’ bad behavior resurfaced, Dixie danced to audio of Paytas using the N-word. Ignorant selfish entitled pricks like u come and go. makes her just as bad because she consciously picked that audio because it had the N word… She continued on to say that the team made Dixie look “bratty” and restated her critique of the adults around the D’Amelio sisters. Summary List PlacementA massive feud between popular TikTokers captured the internet’s attention this week as accusations of teen stars being “entitled” and “ungrateful” turned into allegations of predatory behavior. James takes over and does outro. Two days after the YouTube video was posted, outrage over the D’Amelio sisters’ behavior turned into action.

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