Confused About the James Charles Drama? It Goes Way Beyond What Tati Westbrook Said

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: James Charles attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

What began as a drama between two beauty YouTubers has bloomed into a full-fledged controversy that has the influencer community taking sides. Even if you had never heard the name "James Charles" before this week, it's likely your timeline is clogged with mentions of him now. Who is James Charles and why are so many people calling him canceled? Who is Tati Westbrook and what has she accused him of? And most importantly, why is this such a big deal that it's crossing over into mainstream media? Here's everything you need to know, broken down into a simple timeline.

Friday, May 10: Tati Westbrook Posts "BYE SISTER ..."

Westbrook is a successful beauty influencer who has been video blogging on YouTube for nearly a decade. According to Philip DeFranco, who hosts a popular channel on YouTube and who , Westbrook is a well-respected creator and liked within the YouTube community. Also notable? Her close friendship with James and now has .)

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