D’Amelio Dinner Dilemma

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Charli and Dixie D’Amelio attend iHeartRadio’s Z100 Jingle Ball 2019 Presented By Capital One on Dec. 13, 2019. The sisters later received criticism about being disrespectful in a family YouTube video. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images/TNS)

Brooke Follrad, Print staff

Charli D’Amelio has been one of the biggest influencers on the popular social media app TikTok. During the fall of 2019, a few of her videos went viral. One of the things she is most famous for is her dancing to a song called “Lottery” by K CAMP. The dance is known as “The Renegade Dance.” This became one of the most well-known dances at the end of 2019. Charli’s first bump in her spotlight was when the creator of the dance, Jalaiah Harmon, called Charli and other popular TikTok dancers out for not giving her credit and changing the moves. A close friend of Charli, Addison Rae, is also popular for dancing. Charli, Addison and Jalaiah got together and worked out the tension. Jalaiah taught both creators how to properly do the dance, and they posted a video together. They are now all on good terms.

   Since then, she has continued the wave of dancing and has maintained a family-friendly appearance for her younger followers. In March of this year, she officially became the most followed person on the app. Many considered her the “sweetheart” of the app. Charli has an older sister, Dixie D’Amelio, who has created some fame of her own. Her song “Be Happy” was released on June 26. The music video followed on July 1, and has reached 93 million views. The lyrics are focused on a mental health mindset. It reached the top three on the U.S. Spotify charts.

  This past September, Dunkin’ Donuts collaborated with young Charli D’Amelio to put her regular drink on their menu. “The Charli” is a cold brew with whole milk and three pumps of caramel swirl. She has received an overwhelming amount of love on her signature drink.

   “Our First Mystery Guest | Dinner With The D’Amelios” was posted to their family YouTube account on Nov. 16. With 14 million views, 386 thousand likes and 174 thousand dislikes, this particular video caught the attention of many people on TikTok. The video was a production of the family having dinner cooked by a personal chef, a family friend. They were also joined by famous content creator and friend, James Charles. The producers are aware of how Dixie is sensitive to certain tastes, thoughts and smells. She is known in her family to easily throw up due to this. As a joke to get a reaction out of her, they had the chef serve snails. When she picked up the snail, she let out an audible gag. After she tried it, she removed herself from the table and ran outside. During this, the entire table called her dramatic. When Dixie returned, she jokingly said while laughing, “I threw up.” This new creator got a lot of backlash for being disrespectful, ungrateful, and overall rude. It was not made clear as to that the setup was intentional for that sort of reaction, and that she is used to having the sensitivity issue.

   During dinner, Charli was talking about her follower count on TikTok, her strongest platform. She made the comment, “I wish I had more time ‘cause imagine if I hit 100 mil’ a year after hitting a mil’.” Jame Charles sarcastically responded “Was the 95 not enough for you?” Viewers on this video interpreted that as Charli also being how they described her sister.

   After the release of the YouTube video, Charli’s followers dropped from 99.5 million to 98.5 million. Her comments were filled with hate and people trying to “cancel” her and her sister for their behavior. On Nov. 19, Dixie posted a video to her TikTok platform in response to all of the hate. She was defending herself and Charli and tried to explain the misunderstandings drawn from the YouTube video. Other creators began to chime in with their opinions. 

   Over the course of the next few days, the app debated back and forth about the situation. Eventually, many came to the conclusion that their parents are in charge of disciplining them, and that they are teenagers. They were bound to mess up eventually. Others were saying that both sisters were misinterpreted. Dixie’s sensitivity was overlooked because no one knew about it. Charli was just saying that it would be cool to hit 100 million followers the same day she hit one million the year prior.

   Despite the backlash, on Nov. 22, Charli finally reached 100 million followers. The comment sections were a mix of her fans congratulating her and people still clinging to her mistakes. Although some haven’t let go of the incident, the D’Amelio family has seemed to move on and continue with their careers.