In a new video, makeup artist and influencer James Charles made a transphobic remark in reference to his own sexuality, and sounded pretty stupid in the process.
The video, called "THE TRUTH... My Crush Does My Makeup," was a collaboration with Jeff Wittek where Wittek does Charles' makeup while the two answer questions. In one conversation, Charles teaches Wittek about the Kinsey Scale and notes that he's a 5.5. "So you're not even full gay," Wittek says, which leads to Charles explaining that there have "been girls in the past who I've thought were very, very beautiful. There's also been trans guys in the past, too, that I was really, really into for a moment in time." So, where he could have taken a moment to describe the fluidity of gender and sexuality, Charles instead stuck to a very trans-exclusionary understanding of gender as it pertains to his own sexuality.
By saying that he's not "full gay" because he's been attracted to trans men, Charles effectively said that he doesn't consider trans men to be actual men. Which is not only completely wrong, but just plain offensive. OUT Staff Writer Rose Dommu said it best when she wrote on Twitter that Charles' comment "sister sucks."
Charles has since apologized, saying that the "implication that my trans brothers & sisters arent [sic] valid," is "NOT what I was trying to say." He continues: "You are valid in your identity!! I apologize & should've chosen my words wiser!" Yes, he should've.