The Ultimate Timeline of Influencer Pandemic Parties and Punishments
The party’s well and truly over—at least for Bryce Hall and Blake Gray, two popular TikTokkers who are now facing criminal charges for partying during the COVID-19 pandemic. After months of fans helplessly watching creators and influencers violate health orders, this comeuppance, along with the city of Los Angeles turning off Hall and Gray’s electricity last week, feels like a long time coming.
In a screenshot of a release shared by The New York Times’ Taylor Lorenz, L.A. city attorney Mike Feuer announced plans to file criminal charges against Hall and Gray, two members of the TikTok collective Sway House who have frequently thrown parties in their rental home in Hollywood Hills.
NEWS: LA City Attorney to announce criminal charges against Bryce Hall and Blake Gray for recent parties in the Hollywood Hills pic.twitter.com/iZzN7J8aLv— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) August 28, 2020
However, the most publicized parties only scratch the surface of the extent of Los Angeles influencers’ disregard for social distancing. In the past two months, at least 14 parties have allegedly been thrown by some of the top creators in the influencer space, broadcasting irresponsible pandemic behavior to hundreds of millions of followers as over 693,000 Californians have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and more than 12,000 have died.
July 11: Jake Paul throws the first highly-publicized party
Fox 11’s Bill Melugin shares footage of a packed party at YouTuber Jake Paul’s Calabasas mansion, in which attendees are not wearing masks and, at one point, hanging off of construction equipment. Mayor Alicia Weintraub says she’ll collaborate with the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station to implement a zero-tolerance policy.
July 21: The Hype House hosts birthday party for Larray
Creators like Charli D’Amelio, Emma Chamberlain, James Charles, and Tana Mongeau are seen partying at the Hype House. In a video posted by the Hollywood Fix, Hype House manager Thomas Petrou says there are between 60 and 70 people in attendance.
July 22: The backlash begins
YouTuber Tyler Oakley, who has over seven million subscribers and has been on the platform since 2007, calls out the prominent Hype House party attendees by name and requests that they set a better example for their fans. Another viewer makes a petition asking the influencers to stop partying.
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
“i understand 100% where ur coming from & it was a dumb thing to do,” Larray replied. “I will do better & will actually take this shit seriously. appreciate you tyler much love.”
July 25: James Charles apologizes
James Charles releases a video vlogging his entire day leading up to the Hype House party, but removes footage from the party and replaces it with an apology.
“Even though I have been wearing a mask in public and have tested negative multiple times, going to a party during a pandemic was a selfish & stupid decision,” he wrote. “People’s safety and keeping COVID-19 contained is FAR more important than celebrating a friend’s birthday and unsafe partying is not something I want to promote to my audience.”
Despite this, in the video, another birthday party can be seen on Charles's calendar.
July 26: Tana Mongeau is seen at another party
In the video, she famously says she and Erika Costell “don’t fucking care.”
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
July 27: Tana Mongeau apologizes
“I fully hold myself accountable for this and will be staying inside,” Mongeau wrote in her Instagram Story. “Actions like that don’t deserve a platform and I want to fully apologize and be better than this.”
July 31: Nessa Barrett throws a party for her music video
TikTokker Nessa Barrett is seen in Instagram Stories posted by @defnoodles throwing a party for the release of her music video.
TikTokers throw another party, this time for Nessa Barrett’s music video release. In video from Ryland Storms’s story, Hype House and Sway House members are present, including Bryce Hall and Nate Wyatt. Bryce, who is 20, discusses getting drinks after. What are your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/0ry2ch71au— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) July 31, 2020
August 1: Katie Sigmond attends a house party for her birthday
TikTokRoom posts a video of a crowded house party thrown for TikTokker Katie Sigmond.
August 2: Jake Paul responds to criticism
"No one has answers, our leadership is failing us, and everyone kind of just doesn't know what to do,” Paul told Business Insider. “But I personally am not the type of person who's gonna sit around and not live my life."
August 5: Mayor Eric Garcetti makes first threat to cut off utilities
“We can actually do the power or water shutoff after a first violation, but we like to educate, not enforce,” he announced. “We will not act lightly. But we will act.”
August 6: Thomas Petrou defends the parties to The NYT
“Our jobs are to entertain people,” he told the outlet. “We live with groups of people, and we are all intertwined for work. We can’t put our entire lives on hold for a year and not make any money.”
August 8: Hype House allegedly throws another party
Photos posted by Tana Mongeau, Kenzie Ziegler, Katie Sigmond, and Nessa Barrett and shared by @defnoodles appear to show another large gathering at the Hype House.
Hype House allegedly had party yesterday. Few influencers have posted about it, but it appears Tana Mongeau, Kenzie Ziegler, Katie Sigmond and Nessa Barrett were allegedly at party. Kenzie turned off tags on Insta last night to avoid being tagged in pics. What are your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/VF7Gydr0Z6— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) August 9, 2020
Aug 11: The Alpha House allegedly throws a party and Sway House throws another party
Three days after its launch, the Alpha House allegedly threw a party with over 150 people.
Alpha House, brand new LA TikTok house that launched 3 days ago, allegedly had party last night with approximately 150 people. Video from person who wants to remain anonymous. Source said they’ve had a party every night since they moved in. More in thread. What are your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/SqVdDk2tct— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) August 11, 2020
Sway House had another party last night with fireworks on same day California registered 2nd highest COVID infections with 12,500 new cases. LA is known for fires, with one last week sparking from a car malfunction and destroying 26k acres. More in thread. What are your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/l3lZlzle2A— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) August 12, 2020
August 12: Parties are thrown by Team 10 House, Not A Content House, Clubhouse BH, and Dixie D’Amelio
@DefNoodles once again captures the widespread parties on Instagram Stories. Charli D’Amelio also later documented Dixie D’Amelio’s birthday party, which hosted a number of influencers, in her vlog.
Influencers throw at least 5 parties in LA last night. Parties happened at the Hype House, Team 10 House, Not A Content House and Clubhouse BH. This is a long thread. @MayorOfLA what are your thoughts? Is COVID real, or do these folks have privileges other Angelinos don’t? pic.twitter.com/yoEmMKpKIQ— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) August 13, 2020
August 13: Sway House throws first party for Bryce Hall’s birthday
Sway House throws another party. This is their 2nd party in 3 days, and the day after 5 content houses threw parties. Party was for Bryce Hall’s 21st birthday. What are your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/QTQD5wPABR— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) August 14, 2020
August 14: Sway House throws giant birthday party for Bryce Hall in a rental home in Encino
There were allegedly strippers, gunshots, and (surprise) no masks or social distancing. There were reportedly over 100 people, and the party was broken up by the LAPD, according to Business Insider.
August 18: Tyler Oakley has had enough
Tyler Oakley releases a full YouTube video calling out the influencers who are partying and shaming them for their reckless pandemic behavior.
August 19: Utilities disconnected at Bryce Hall, Blake Gray, and Noah Beck’s house
Finally, some consequences, but Bryce Hall, Blake Gray, and Noah Beck use the opportunity to just make more content.
August 27: L.A. city attorney Mike Feuer announces plans to file charges
Feuer says Hall and Gray face up to $2000 in charges and up to a year in jail.