Well, this is one way to stick it to your haters!
Makeup artist and YouTube star James Charles decided to take matters into his own (bare) hands after his Twitter account was hacked early on Saturday morning. An unknown party flooded the influencer’s timeline with a slew of insensitive tweets, which prompted the guy to take ownership of the situation… by posting a nude photo!?
It’s hard to say what brought on the bold move since all of the offensive messages have been scrubbed from Charles’ feed. Those tweets must’ve been pretty bad though, as the 20-year-old reportedly lost his blue checkmark — a coveted symbol of verification for who’s who — at one point during the fiasco.
It didn’t take very long for James to get control of his page again though, and he shared the NSFW mirror-selfie (below) as proof!
Alongside his picture, the influencer wrote:
“hi I got my account back just case I ever get hacked again, here’s the ONLY nude I’ve ever taken! can’t threaten me with it now. get a life.”
Well, okay then!
We have to say, we’re a little confused by the timeline of events here. We have no idea if the alleged hacker initially intended to share the (above) photo with the world, but either way — the beauty vlogger certainly beat them to it.
When one of the young star’s followers mused, “literally no one asked for this,” he fired back with a shady response of his own! James penned:
“yeah well i didn’t ask to have my security and privacy threatened either slutdelrey so this is me taking back ownership of the situation, move on with your day.”
Hm. Fair point!
Another butt-hurt fan chimed in with heaping amounts of judgement, noting the online star has young fans who look up to him, to which he replied (below):
“It’s a butt, get over it”
It sounds like the makeup maven learned the hard way that just about anyone can become a target of devious internet trolls. We sure hope he changed his passwords after this debacle!
While we’re on the topic of Charles, it’s been a minute since we’ve heard much about him after his bitter feud with Tati Westbrook ended months ago in May.
As you’ll recall, the 37-year-old and her former mentee were at odds after Charles shared an endorsement at Coachella for Sleep Vitamins by SugarBearHair, a direct competitor of Westbrook’s vitamin brand, Halo Beauty. Though Charles later apologized to her on Instagram Story, Tati claimed the teen did not personally reach out to her “face-to-face.”
As we said, lots of time has passed since then — maybe James needed a little attention?? We’d be lying if we said it didn’t come off this way!
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[Image via James Charles/Twitter]