This year's Met Gala delivered a lot of great looks for us to fawn over. But just like any other high-profile event filled with celebs and A-list personalities, it wouldn't be as entertaining without any controversy. However, unlike last year's issues over its religious theme, the drama now focuses on the marginalisation of invited influencers — at least according to YouTuber James Charles.
The 19-year-old social media star and entrepreneur attended the event for the first time this year, donning an ensemble by Alexander Wang. While people were quite unconvinced that James Charles has enough traction to even be at the prestigious event's strict guest list, the look initially sold his case. This was until netizens saw his Instagram post claiming that he was honoured to be a part of "a step forward in the right direction for influencer representation in the media".
He also expressed excitement over being the "catalyst" of such a movement, despite other YouTube personalities Lily Singh and Liza Koshy attending the event in previous years. It's also worth noting that artists like Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara and Troye Sivan, who all have been invited to previous and present Met Galas, also have a history as social media personalities. Needless to say, the internet had their field day with Charles' statements and the reactions were priceless.