Several prominent social media influencers are being accused of spreading coronavirus after allegedly hosting parties where “a lot” of attendees were infected.
The accusations, which are currently unproven, specifically are targeted at a party hosted by model and internet personality Tana Mongeau. According to TooFab, the party took place in Los Angeles sometime around July 25.
Now, several influencers who attended the event are claiming they tested positive for COVID-19 shortly afterward. One alleged attendee shared their experience in a Twitter message to comedian Dennis Feitosa.
“A few people I know who were there tested positive right after,” the influencer, who asked to remain anonymous, told Feitosa. “I don’t know how many people in her house tested positive after, but I do know some of them did.”
Tana Mongeau’s party got people sick, according to influencer who wants to remain anonymous. This influencer said many tested positive after COVID parties. The influencer who came forward tested positive as well and self quarantined. @tanamongeau is this true? pic.twitter.com/XSH1duJDKf— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) August 2, 2020
The influencer said they self-quarantined when they got sick, but claimed they knew of several attendees who “continued to go out” after testing positive.
“I can’t believe they are still doing this,” the influencer added. “But the parties aren’t stopping either! I got invited to one last night!”
Mongeau, who is 22, shared an Instagram video of herself at the party, in which she said, “Listen, we don’t f****** care. Sorry.” She’s since apologized for hosting the party, calling it a “careless and irresponsible action.”
Tana Mongeau says “Listen, we don’t f**king care” in video where she and Erika Costell appear to be in house party. Tana went to 2 other COVID parties at Jake Paul’s house and Hype House. Notably, James Charles apologized yesterday for Hype House party. What are your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/mV4FX6H5Xg— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) July 26, 2020
Erika Costell, a 27-year-old YouTuber who also appeared in Mongeau’s video, also issued an apology on Twitter. She added that Mongeau’s comments were not referring to the pandemic.
The accusations went beyond Mongeau’s party, though. The influencer who messaged Feitosa claimed they knew of other, similar Los Angeles-based events.
Comedian Elijah Daniel furthered those rumors, tweeting that “a lot” of influencers had “confirmed” they’d been at parties where several attendees later tested positive.
“And [the influencers who tested positive] aren’t saying anything & aren’t warning people they came in contact with after,” Daniel wrote. “If you attended, get tested. yall caused an outbreak. thanks!”
It’s unclear exactly which parties the allegations refer to, but several influencers have come under fire for hosting large gatherings in recent weeks.
On July 11, YouTuber Jake Paul hosted a party at his home, which was attended by Mongeau and other influencers like Bryce Hall and Arman Izadi. Videos from the event seemed to show a limited degree of social distancing.
NEW: The mayor of Calabasas & neighbors tell me they’re outraged after they say YouTube celebrity @jakepaul threw a massive party at his mansion on Saturday. They call it irresponsible, selfish, & say it’s businesses & workers who pay the price for this w/ lockdowns. 10pm @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/COiVleuDH2— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) July 15, 2020
Insider also confirmed a similar party at Hype House, the California-based home occupied by several prominent TikTok influencers.
That event, which had an estimated 67 attendees, featured internet celebrities like Mongeau, Nikita Dragun, James Charles and Emma Chamberlain. TikTokers Charli and Dixie D’Amelio were also reportedly in attendance.
Those parties led to a wave of public backlash, as well as frustration from other social media influencers. YouTube Tyler Oakley slammed the events last month, calling the attendees “bad influences.”
hi @jamescharles @NikitaDragun @tanamongeau @larrayxo @charlidamelio @dixiedamelio & any others who have been partying in large groups - please consider social distancing, mask wearing, & using your huge platforms to encourage responsibility during a worldwide pandemic. https://t.co/G3CeWfk3uZ— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) July 22, 2020
However, the messages to Feitosa are some of the earliest evidence that the parties may have actually resulted in infections.
The claims are all still unproven, but they have become increasingly worrisome as California’s case count continues to rise. The state now has more than 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
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