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Update: CoverGirl further distances brand from James Charles

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

 
NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - CoverGirl today says that it does not stand behind newly discovered racist social media posts made by its only male brand ambassador, James Charles.

The company reportedly said Redding News Review discovered posts disparaging black women, Indian Americans and Mexican Americans "does not represent COVERGIRL’s perspective. We agree his statements were inappropriate but appreciate that he has issued an apology. We are an inclusive brand and respect all people and cultures."

On Monday, Redding News Review recovered deleted Instgram posts from Charles. In the posts he launched racial and sexual epithets at black women, Indian Americans and Mexican Americans.

Charles, 17, posted the back of a black women's head saying: "what the hell....this is not ok" and how he wished he was a "chubby black woman."

He called an Indian man "stupid" for not having his shirt size and also posted about how Mexicans are not "allowed" to an event.

The posts come as last week he went on a racist tirade about Ebola in Africa. He said on Twitter:  “I can’t believe we’re going to Africa on Friday omg what if we get Ebola?”

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Charles did not initially want to apologize for the first offensive comments. He wrote: “do NOT put words in my mouth holy fuck I cannot wait to not have cell service for 10 days so I don’t have to deal with twitter.”

Charles eventually posted the following comment on Twitter: “I am extremely sorry for my Tweet and I feel like shit for saying it,” he wrote. “I am traveling to Africa with a few friends for a school trip, ironically enough, it’s an educational trip because we all know very little about the country but are eager to learn. As a white cis male I recognize my privilege and would never want to take that for granted, but I f–ked up… I understand why what I said was offensive and ignorant.”

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