Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Pseudo- Celebs

Everyone's helpful friend YouTube is not so friendly.

The recent unearthing that some British Youtubers were sexually pursuing young girls, came as both a shock and a disappointment. With YouTube having such a large platform, video bloggers that acquire enough subscribers are placed on a pedestal. This means that they obtain a following similar to that of a celebrity, with fans defending their actions to their last breath. But this is where is becomes problematic, as a majority of male Youtubers that are relatively good-looking have a young and impressionable fan base that is mostly made up of girls.

The manipulation that the Youtubers displayed to the girls they met at gathering, was disgusting. Here is a master-post of stories that explain how exactly they manipulated their female fans. Some Youtuber fan bases invalidated claims that their idols manipulated women under the impression that they are 'nice', and 'would never do something like that'. This mentality allows them to a weird sense of self entitlement that this is somewhat acceptable because of how much they've achieved through video blogging. In reality,  they are people who are good at what they do, their 3 and a half-minute videos do not grant them any form of exception , they portray an image, an ideal, a tool for the growth and success of their channel that ultimately leads to money. There are certain responsibilities that come from having a following, regardless if they are male or female, that is detrimental if you do not know how to handle it, in other words "if you can't handle the heat then get out of the kitchen."

Edna Mohamed

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