Charli D’Amelio has apologized to her fans for not being more vocal about the Brandon Bernard situation, and vowed to use her platform to raise awareness on social issues and make a difference in people’s lives.
Charli D’Amelio was criticized for not being more vocal about Brandon Bernard’s execution. He was sentenced to death for a botched robbery that resulted in two murders back in 1999. However, he was 18-years-old at the time, which sparked a debate about whether the death penalty was too much.
The main argument was that he was only slightly older than his co-conspirators, who were both deemed ineligible for the death penalty. Plus, he showed signs of being reformed and remorseful. In the end, though, it didn’t change the outcome. He was ultimately killed by lethal injection.
Many celebrities and influencers expressed their condolences on social media. However, some of them, including Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, and James Charles, came under for not being more vocal about the situation.
Charli D’Amelio’s initial tweet summarized her thoughts quite well. “After not being on my phone all day, I checked Twitter to see what is going on with Brandon Bernard, and I’m incredibly disgusted to see him be put to death,” she said.
“He does not deserve this, and it breaks my heart that our outdated legal system is taking the life of an undeserving man,” she added.
after not being on my phone all day i checked twitter to see what is going on with brandon bernard and i’m incredibly disgusted to see him be put to death… he does not deserve this and it breaks my heart that our outdated legal system is taking the life of an undeserving man
— charli d’amelio (@charlidamelio) December 11, 2020
However, Charli D’Amelio’s followers were disappointed that she hadn’t been more vocal about it in the lead-up to his execution. They begged her to start using her platform to help make a difference, and she responded.
“I feel like I have been given the platform that I’ve been given for a reason, and I am extremely sorry that I have not used it to the best of my ability,” she said. “Going forward, [I] will be doing the absolute best I can to… help other people and [let them] know that I’m there for them.”
“Three days ago, I genuinely was not on my phone,” she said, in response to not being more vocal about the issue. “I shot four youtube videos in a day from the second I woke up until the second I went to bed.”
“So, due to what happened, and the fact that I was not able to help, I see how hurt you guys are, and it really makes me feel horrible,” she said. The expressions on her face were honest and sincere.
“So, in the bio of my TikTok account, I will be linking my Twitter so you can see all the petitions and be able to educate yourselves as well as me educating myself because that’s my job,” she added.
“If I am going to be an influencer, I want to influence for a good reason,” she said.
“Going forward, please send me things that you would like me to talk about because that’s what I want to do, and I don’t want to disappoint you guys or let you guys down ever.”
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Everyone has their opinion on Charli D’Amelio, but there’s no denying that she cares about her fans. Her response to all the criticism is a testament to that.
More importantly, she’s determined to use her platform to help make a difference moving forward, and that’s what everyone likes to see.