Charli XCX responds to meet and greet backlash
30 October 2019, 15:27 | Updated: 30 October 2019, 17:28
"I do not think my fans have been abusive to me at meet and greets"
UPDATE (Oct 28/17:15): Charli XCX has now responded in more detail to the backlash.
A NOTE ON “2019 FAKE WOKENESS” AND MEET AND GREETS. THANKS FOR READING. pic.twitter.com/Gou5F5jevo— Charli (@charli_xcx) October 30, 2019
Original article: Charli XCX appears to have responded to a backlash after one of her fans brought a douche to be signed at a meet and greet.
On Monday (Oct 28), a Twitter user posted an image of themselves at the meet and greet with Charli XCX and another image of a signed douche by Charli. The image quickly went viral. The fan explain in a follow up tweet that Charli initially refused to take a picture of her holding a bottle of poppers to their nose, so asked if she would sign the douche instead, to which she agreed.
However, they also said that Charli didn't know what the douche was. For those wondering, a douche is a device used to clean inside your body, usually the anus, before sex.
A few days earlier another picture of Charli went viral, this time posing with a fan who allegedly brought their mother's ashes with them. Yikes.
No 😭😭😭I asked her to hold my poppers to my nose and she politely declined which I respect and so I asked if she would sign this and she was like what is dis hunny— marcus (@machinewrld) October 28, 2019
Charli has a huge gay following and has collaborated with many LGBTQ+ artists. She has even joked about releasing her own line of poppers in the past. That said, many felt that these fans had overstepped a line.
The main thrust of the criticism is that these (presumably gay male) fans appear to be prioritising their own online clout, by creating a viral photo with the singer, while giving little to no regard about how uncomfortable these situations might make her feel.
I miss when Charli XCX fans were gothy witch tumblr girlies now it's all coked out popper twinks who are internet trolls and have a fucked desensitized musty sense of humor due to years of twitter activity and a lack or decency. U smell that??? https://t.co/uDS0sMPIK2— Elektra Christ (@90sSuccubus) October 29, 2019
i hope that person who asked charli xcx to hold poppers up to his nose and sign his douche apologizes to her because that's such a weird and disgusting way to treat her. she's not some prop you can milk sexual jokes out of, stop harassing her and learn how to be considerate.— abe: the re-up (@stubbornsticks) October 28, 2019
must be cool to be charli xcx and have a significant part of your success contingent on pretending to feel comfortable around the most insufferable fanbase on earth with the lowest comprehension of basic boundaries— alex gallagher (@ALXGLLGHR) October 29, 2019
this whole situation with charli xcx only continues to display the misogyny of (white) gay men— kali ☾♡ (@sahirious) October 30, 2019
Now, Charli appears to have responded with a thinly veiled tweet which simply said: "have some respect. that's all."
have some respect. that’s all.— Charli (@charli_xcx) October 30, 2019
SAY IT LOUDER FOR THOSE AT THE BACK!
In an interview with i-D, Charli addressed the photo with fan with the mum's ashes.
"The conversation was so quick and normal", she said. "First, he was like: ‘Hey! Release "Taxi", I’m so excited for the show – by the way, my mum passed away’. I said ‘I’m really sorry’, so he said ‘Don’t worry about it, can you just take a picture of you holding her ashes?’.
"It was almost like they were in a poppers bottle. I was like [Charli makes the sound of someone who’s been thrown a baseball with no warning]... and then it happened, and now it’s online. My face is sort of like…. Well, you can see it in my eyes, I’m afraid." Charli then added: "But yeah, holding the ashes was… new, and hopefully a one time thing."
*We edited the headline of this article to better reflect Charli's latest statement.