Harry Jowsey is in some major hot water after hurling an anti-gay slur at James Charles.
The incident happened during a recent episode of his weekly podcast Tap In, where Jowsey (who is most known for being a contestant on Netflix's reality dating series Too Hot to Handle and for posting shirtless selfies to his nearly 4 million Instagram followers) was heard having a discussion with one of his cohosts about the controversial YouTuber and makeup artist.
"James Charles is trying to f*ck me," the 24-year-old influencer revealed to his cohost, which was met with the cohost not knowing who Charles is. "He's just some f*ggot," Jowsey then replies before laughing.
The original audio of the latest episode of Jowsey's podcast -- entitled "She Wants Me to Hook Up With Her Mom?!" -- where he so casually throws around the notoriously anti-gay slur was over 40-minutes long, reports TMZ, but the version that is now available on podcast streaming platforms has since been edited down to 27 minutes, though not before fans online could capture audio of the moment and circulate it on social media.
The incident took many of Jowsey's LGBTQ+ fans by surprise, especially after he publicly vocalized his support for trans women in a podcast and on TikTok after Nikita Dragun (another controversial makeup artist and YouTube personality) revealed that she and Jowsey hooked up with each other in the music video for her song "Dick."
Shortly after being rightfully called out by numerous folks on social media, Jowsey took to Instagram Live to address the situation and publicly apologize both to Charles and the larger LGBTQ+ community.
"I just wanted to come on here and say that I am extremely embarrassed about myself, my actions, and the fact that I let such a word slip out," Jowsey said to his Instagram followers. "I just want to say to James, my friend, that I said this word about. I am deeply sorry. We have mended things in private, but I just wanted to come on here and say that to the rest of the LGBTQ+ community that I'm going to take some time to educate myself on this and apologize. This word doesn't belong in my vocabulary, and it shouldn't be spoken about."
Besides this controversy, it hasn't been the best year for Charles.