James Charles addresses allegations of sexual harassment from Coachella date

Published: 8/May/2019 21:26 Updated: 8/May/2019 22:08

by Virginia Glaze


James Charles has responded to claims of sexual harassment from male model Gage Gomez, who was seen holding hands with the YouTuber at the 2019 Coachella music festival – spurring an onslaught of questions from fans.

Charles posted a lengthy message to Twitter on May 4, where he addressed claims of sexual harassment as alleged by his Coachella date, male model Gage Gomez.

According to Charles, he and Gomez had talked for five months before his trip to the 2019 Coachella music festival, where the two “held hands” and “slept in the same bed.”

However, Charles vehemently denied any claims of pressuring Gomez into sexually compromising situations – a claim that Gomez made in a video on the topic prior to Charles’ Tweet.

“I told James I wasn’t interested in any of that,” Gomez said of Charles’ purported advances in the video. “…he was aware of how I felt about him, and basically still pursued this action.”

Gomez claimed that he was “blocked and unblocked” by Charles multiple times on social media throughout the duration of their relationship, alleging that James had gotten upset when he initially denied his invitation to Coachella.

Gomez went on to claim that he’d made it clear that he wasn’t interested in experimenting with his sexuality, which had allegedly upset Charles and his friends, who’d decided that Gage was “using” Charles for clout points.

Alleged text messages between Gomez and Charles show a heated conversation, wherein Charles accused Gomez of faking being interested in him for attention.

Of course, this isn’t the end of the drama, by far; purported texts have since leaked between the two, which show Charles accusing Gomez of “faking” his sexuality for a chance at internet fame and a “free Coachella ticket.”

This wouldn’t be the first time Charles has Tweeted about Gomez, either – Charles even referred to Gomez as a “con-artist” in a now-deleted post, a claim that Gomez himself addressed in yet another video prior to the harassment scandal.

Drama between the couple surfaced after the two were seen holding hands at Coachella, who questioned the YouTuber about his “new relationship,” prompting the aforementioned Tweet by Charles who even stated that Gomez had played him “for months on end.”

Gomez has yet to respond to Charles’ statement responding to his harassment allegations.


K-Pop band BTS becomes one of first accounts followed by Twitter

Published: 25/Feb/2021 0:00

by Theo Salaun


Twitter’s official account decided to follow its platform’s first users and, in a move that made millions of fans happy, decided to give one of their first follows to a K-Pop superstar boy band: BTS.

BTS, or the Bangtan Boys, have seven members and countless fans, or stans, across the world. The BTS ARMY seems to grow larger every single day and now can count Twitter’s official account among its latest recruits.

With over 59 million followers, Twitter’s official account has some popularity itself (the platform, meanwhile, has over 300 million users). While the account’s ratio was an absurd zero following, 59-plus million followers, the “Blue Bird” decided to change that and add to their feed a little.

After asking the masses who they should make their very first followed accounts, a stan account with under 1,000 followers suggested BTS. The account quickly took that advice, making the K-Pop supergroup one of its only nine accounts followed (and becoming one of the boys’ 33-plus million followers in the process).

If you’ve spent any time at all on Twitter, chances are that you’ve seen mention of BTS. Most prominently, you’ve likely seen “fan cam” montages of the members or the entire group. Even if you mute “BTS” or “K-Pop,” there’s no guarantee you can avoid their avid fandom as the so-named ARMY will share content from their favorite members, no matter the context.

And, yes, that content isn’t always about singing. Sometimes it’s just footage of two members treating their plushies differently, as in a video of Jimin and Jungkook that has been viewed over a million times on Twitter.

By following BTS, Twitter both gets to enjoy some of the boy band’s content directly from them — while simultaneously supporting possibly the most popular group on the entire platform. But it should be known that this is no play for clout, as BTS are the only verified account that Twitter is following.

Of the nine accounts Twitter decided to follow, BTS are the only ones with over one million followers. The rest are composed of five individuals (a couple who are fan accounts themselves), one nonprofit animal shelter and, in a relatable move, two dog accounts — one for a Corgi and one for a Shih Tzu.