YouTube star James Charles accused of saying N-word in video posted on his own Instagram

YouTube star James Charles has once again found himself embroiled in controversy.

The 20-year-old internet celebrity posted footage on Instagram from his New Year's Eve celebration with friends, including one selfie video shared to his Instagram Story that showed him singing along to rapper Saweetie's breakout 2019 hit, "My Type."

In the 12-second clip that Charles posted of himself, he sings along to the lyrics, "Rich n***a, eight-figure, that's my type / That's my type, n***a that's my type / Eight-inch big, ooh, that's good pipe." 

Twitter user @JoacoSevitz was seemingly the first to call attention to the footage, in which it's unclear whether or not the divisive YouTube star sang or skipped the N-word while the song played. 

"Why is nobody talking about James Charles SAYING THE N WORD TWO TIMES IN A IG STORY," the Twitter account said.

When a fan tweeted at Charles asking if he had, he issued a staunch reply.

"no? turn up the volume & listen, I skip over it," he tweeted. "how stupid would I have to be to confidently record a video of me singing the n word and still have it up the next morning."

Fans were divided on the footage, with some condemning Charles for singing the word, while others agreeing with him saying he skipped over the word while singing along to the song.

"you said it we can all hear you," one person responded, while another user said, "I have watched that video like 15 times and I hear you say it every time."

Multiple other people said that critics were "reaching" by accusing Charles of singing the N-word: "I’m not a James Charles fan by any means but this man did not say the n word," one person proclaimed. "he just had his mouth open."

"Y’all will do anything to get this poor man cancelled," another fan wrote. "LEAVE JAMES ALONE."

Meanwhile, some took issue with it being a controversy at all, saying that, because those are the song's lyrics, it should be okay for him to sing along. Others quickly shot down this point of view in the replies.

When someone on Twitter said, "even IF he did. He's singing a song, he's not using it to attack anyone," the person who originally posted Charles' video replied, "The n word is offensive in every single case."

As the clip began to make the rounds online, the hashtag #JamesCharlesIsOverParty became a trending topic on Twitter.

This is far from the first time that James Charles has courted controversy. Earlier this year, his very public feud with fellow YouTube beauty influencer Tati Westbrook became a rare example of YouTube drama crossing over into mainstream media.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 11: James Charles attends Patrick Starrr birthday party on November 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for Patrick Starrr)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: James Charles attends the Marc Jacobs Spring 2020 Runway Show at Park Avenue Armory on September 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: James Charles attends Savage X Fenty Show Presented By Amazon Prime Video - Arrivals at Barclays Center on September 10, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Presented by Amazon Prime Video )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: James Charles celebrates the launch of YouTube.com/Fashion on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for YouTube)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: James Charles attends TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 - Front Row & Atmosphere at The Apollo Theater on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 26: James Charles attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/WireImage)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 26: James Charles attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 08: James Charles attends Joey Graceffa's YouTube Original Series "Escape The Night" VIP Escape Room Experience at UTA on August 08, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
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