- TikTok star Charli D'Amelio is responding to disparaging comments on her latest series of videos.
- In the videos, 15-year-old D'Amelio is dancing and wearing a bathing suit while on vacation.
- The clips were filmed in the Bahamas, where D'Amelio is currently vacationing with friends and fellow creators, including Hype House members Avani Gregg and Chase Hudson.
- D'Amelio has spoken before about the intense online criticism she receives daily, which frequently takes aim at her physical appearance.
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After people left disapproving comments on her latest series of TikTok videos, 15-year-old Hype House superstar Charli D'Amelio took a break from her vacation in the Bahamas to respond.
In one of the TikTok videos, which was filmed with D'Amelio's friend and fellow Hype House creator Avani Gregg at the beach, D'Amelio was wearing a bathing suit and dancing to "Sugar" by Brockhampton. Most fans commented on how happy D'Amelio looks in the clip, and said they were glad to see her "living her best life."
But the post was met with criticism of the teen, too. Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton, for example, left a comment saying, "Anyone else think it's inappropriate for a 15-year-old to dance to this?"
In a reply to Hilton, D'Amelio wrote, "i'm sorry i'm just trying to have fun! :)."
Later, Hilton left a new comment saying, "I wish I looked that good in a bikini at 15!"
"oh well…" D'Amelio wrote in response to another commenter who called out her choice of song as too "sexual." "am i not allowed to wear a swimsuit or allowed to dance to trending songs? i'm so confused as to why you care enough to post this."
Madi Monroe, another popular TikTok star who is vacationing with D'Amelio, received similarly disparaging comments after sharing dances filmed in her swimsuit. Monroe acknowledged in a tweet how badly the comments were making her feel, as did her boyfriend, Christopher Romero.
D'Amelio defended Monroe with a strongly worded message to her followers, saying, "everyone needs to shut the hell up about people's bodies it's not okay and it hurts when it's about you no one deserves that and madi is gorgeous inside and out so."
D'Amelio also said she would continue posting when she feels "happy and confident."
"so if me wearing a swimsuit at the beach is a problem well sucks to suck doesn't it," she added.
In a follow-up tweet, the TikTok superstar also requested space to "breathe."
Shortly after, Avani Gregg chimed in with a request of her own.
Alex Warren, a Hype House creator who is not on the trip, offered words of support to D'Amelio and friends from afar.
This is not the first time D'Amelio, specifically, has been sexualized on social media. In January, TikTok star Curtis Newbill released a diss track that made a sexual joke about D'Amelio and her rumored boyfriend, Chase Hudson.
D'Amelio subsequently addressed the song and Newbill's "inappropriate" behavior on Twitter.
D'Amelio and her older sister, Dixie, have spoken before about receiving "hundreds of thousands" of negative comments per day, many of which they say focus on their bodies. And during a recent interview with The Daily Campus, D'Amelio's father, Marc D'Amelio, discussed how the family has learned to deal with this kind of behavior toward his two daughters.
"We've talked to a lot of people who have had not only long-term notoriety but also instant fame who have been trained to know it's part of the job," D'Amelio said. "We turn the other cheek on [hate] now. We take the [threatening and creepy comments] more seriously and we have had to go down the road of getting the authorities involved. For the most part, the comments are 90% positive and 10% negative."
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