Nononono. If I lose you and your videos... I hope you lose the Kardashians! Or were your tags a joke? Either way, my poor little black heart hurts :(
To be completely honest, I cannot see myself making YouTube videos (on my personal channel) for another year, for a variety of reasons I assume I’ll talk about when the time comes. Or maybe I’ll just leave and never talk about it because most aspects have already been talked to death by various people (including myself) over the past several years. And I also think I’ve learned that talking about it doesn’t really help change anything. I always sort of thought I’d finally be ready to go when I’d come to terms with things and no longer felt the need to explain them.
It’s just a mix of companies trying to take a piece of out everything I do, ulterior motives, bad comments, bad people, bad vibes. Everyone I really care about left years ago, and I sort of admire them for that. It can really rip out your soul and make you feel like shit. YouTube is TV now anyway. All vlogs are just part of the same formula, and the viewers don’t decide on what’s good or not anymore. And the people who think any sort of communal aspects still exist are delusional beyond belief.
And then just some bad things have happened in my personal life over the past year that I’m not ready to talk about either. And it’s weird that there are people (and this isn’t directed at the lovely person who sent the question) who expect me to explain my personal life just because I happen to put myself out there in other ways. It’s all just very dehumanizing the way everyone treats each other on the Internet, and very damaging psychologically and physically.
It’s no secret my views are dwindling, and for the first time in years I’ve been in the red with my subscriber count a few times. I’m tired of my self-worth being connected to those things, and I’m tired of it making me feel bad, and of all the skeezy things I feel like I have to do to stay interesting or relevant.
I’m also not haughty enough to believe I’m some important figure and that it really matters if I’m there or not. I wasn’t generation 1, and I wasn’t generation 2+. I was some sort of weird generation 1.5 YouTuber, sandwiched between what the site used to be and what the site has now become. I will go someday and the site will continue and people will go on with their lives.
Meh, now is not the time to go into it anyway. I’m not quite ready to quit. As of now, my heart is still in my videos (and the videos I make for other projects) and I still have things I want to create, so I’ll keep making vids until that desire is gone. I just assume it will be in the next year or so, but who knows?
Anyway, none of those things were directed at the person who sent me this. Just rambling on.
lmfao yes saying u wouldnt date a person of a certain race is fucking racist youre writing off millions of people who are incredibly varied in appearances and personalities because you think theyre all a Certain Way this is like the basic definition of racism are you paying attention
I cant make myself be attracted to.a race that I am unattracted to no more than I can wake up tomorrow and make myself be gay. No more than a gay person can wake up and make themself straight because they are writing off an entire gender. It isnt racist its basic human attraction and there is fucking nothing anyone can do about it. Shove off with your bullshit.
wow straight white people are amazing
Ugh, I cannot wait to cover the gender and sexuality chapter next week. Binary oversimplifications are always a good time.
You’re never going to meet every single person of a given “race” (not that race is a meaningful biological definition) , the reason attraction and race are correlated in your brain is because society has made associations like that. Ideal types and beauty norms are good part of the reason those of the dominant culture are considered more beautiful than other groups…the cultural narrative is written by them and for them.
Commercials, paintings, stories, songs for very long periods of Western culture have been centered around the ideal type of eurocentric beauty. The curious thing isn’t that you’ve learned to think you can’t be attracted to thousands if not millions of people you’ve never met because of their skin color. The fact that our culture allows for this defense to be a casual shrug of “liking different flavors” despite the reality that race is far more complicated than liking apple over cherry pie can explain.
Chescaleigh — (Yes, that’s Chesca Leigh, not Chelsea or any of that). Chesca is most famous for her viral video “Shit White Girls Say (To Black Girls),” and that tells you a lot of what you need to know about her. She’s funny, she’s progressive, and she talks a lot about the intersections between race and feminism. She’s a fantastic talent, her No Scrubs parody gives me everything I need out of life. Watch her. She does not get enough attention.
ninebrassmonkeys — Ben Cook of Becoming Youtube fame is the mind behind the ninebrassmonkeys channel. He’s a red haired, sometimes controversial sometimes sexy British dude with this incredible surrealist documentary cameo heavy series which I mentioned earlier. He’s got a good sense of humor and incredible production value.
mickeleh — If you’re looking for an analytical video about politics or youtube or the world with some light comedy and a surplus of charm and educational value, then you need to be watching mickeleh. He brings a really nice touch to your subscriber list, teaching you new things and giving you a really robust look at issues.
Issa Rae — Issa Rae is the brilliant mind behind the hilarious Awkward Black Girl series, as well as Ratchetpiece Theatre, wherein she examines some of the dirtiest, raunchiest, bands-that-make-her-danciest rap songs from here to New York. She a hilarious content creator and her most recent effort is The Choir, a web series about a choir that’s going through it.
gigguk — Gigguk is an up-and-coming anime reviewer in much the same vein as the Escapists “Yahtzee,” except for anime instead of video games. His delivery is a fast paced, satirical, and decidedly British. In addition to reviews he also does Abridged Series. He’s really quite funny, and he deserves even more attention than he already has.
sWooZie — Former Disney employee, current adorable cartoonist, sWooZie’s great for the stories he tells with his trademark drawings. He takes an autobiographical approach to vlogging, but he also talks about gaming. He’s probably most famous for his “Cheating in High School" and his "Confessions of an Ex Disney Employee" videos.
Tom Milsom — Tom is the quintessential musician. He’s cranked out quite a few songs, quite a few EPs, and quite a few music videos. He’s also notable for his dazed, ponderous vlog delivery and blue hair. Highly recommend if you want to hear the best that the Youtube indie scene has to offer. Also, blue hair.
Albinwonderland — Pink haired feminist with a lot to say. She’s one of these classic rant vloggers who takes an issue and just runs with it. She’s also really fun and a joy to watch.
Feminist Frequency — Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist media critic, is most famous for her Tropes vs. Women series, particularly her most recent Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. These series focus on tropes and how they apply to women and female representation in media. Sarkeesian was thrown into the spotlight after she raised a ton of money on kick starter for her Video Games series, which has been ongoing for about a year now. She’s great if you want to understand how shows portray women and what that says about society. In a similar vein, Nostalgia Chick on blip is also great, if you want a similar recipe with a bit more comedy.
Gunnarolla— He makes music and it’s pretty good. He also does comedy videos and vlogs. He’s a lot of fun and great if you wanna just kick back and smile for ten minutes.
So many awesome people on this list! Thanks for including me! Now please go show these awesome YouTubers some love!
What is known is that [Scandal] episode #308 will be the first time a Black woman [Ava DuVernay] directs a prime-time network TV drama created by a Black woman [Shonda Rhimes] and starring a Black woman [Kerry Washington].
From Lorde to Macklemore, it’s a sentiment that’s galling for its popularity: white artists need to stop using the wealth signifiers of rap music to gesture at their self-important “anti-consumerism.” What Allen misses as she washes rims in a kitchen decorated only with bottles of champagne is that it’s not anti-consumerism when it only targets one type of consumer.
Rap owns a unique history soundtracking the triumph of financial success in a country that long barred black Americans from that success. It shouldn’t be an opportunity for white artists to wax superior. Beyond poor taste, it’s the myopia of latent racism that’s more anxious about gold chains on a rapper than an Armani tie on a hedge fund analyst.
Similarly, Lily Allen’s response to sexist industry demands for thinness becomes entirely ineffectual when it lashes out against women who succeed despite those demands. Allen is not savily critiquing the world of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Miley Cyrus, she’s resentfully bemoaning not getting to enjoy the same success.
“Hard Out Here” is the opposite of Mileywave. Instead of using black women as props to further her career, Allen blames them for its stagnation. In full-sleeved dresses Allen mocks her inability to twerk amidst women of color in body suits who launch into exaggerated dance moves, licking their hands and then rubbing their crotch. Her older white male manager tries to get to her to mimic them. Meanwhile she sings, “Don’t need to shake my ass for you/‘Cause I’ve got a brain.” Cut to black women shaking their ass, so much for sisterly solidarity.
wow i thought i was the only one who felt uncomfortable about Ansari’s long routine on child molesters, not to mention it wasn’t clever and very uncomfortable to hear him try to get a laugh out of it for seven minutes. even though the rest of his material was great.
its not just comedians who do this but its also ordinary people as well, and if your sense of humor is built around solely taking jabs at people who ALREADY have it rough in society then you’re an asshole, period. and comedians should stop getting passes on this shit because it’s literally their jobs to be funny, and all we have these days is comedians rehashing the same racist, sexist, homophobic bullshit instead of actually applying themselves.
the point of jokes is that its not serious, his joke is making fun of the idea, not making it factual. stereotype jokes are funny because they are either not true anymore or still true today. Comedy isn’t easy because it has to relate to different kinds of people
You’re right, jokes are meant to make fun of an idea and should be rateable in some way. But when a “joke” supports the mistreatment of an already marginalized or oppressed group, it stops being funny and becomes incredibly hurtful. There’s a big difference between jokes that deconstruct problematic ideas and ones that support them. As someone that’s worked as a comedian for a few years, I can say definitively, no, comedy isn’t easy. Comedy is about bringing your unique voice and perspective on subjects that people are familiar with. THAT is really hard. Regurgitating harmful attitudes and stereotypes that have existed for ages and continue to harm people to this day? That’s easy.
It’s kind of ridiculous that I have to break this down for you, but I’m gonna do it anyway. Here’s why jokes about molestation aren’t funny:
"In the US 1 out of every 4 girls and 1 out of every 6 boys is sexually abused. Less than HALF all sexual assaults on children are reported to the police. Sexual abuse, or any kind of abuse, negatively and permanently affects the physical development of a child’s brain. These physical changes result in psychological and emotional problems in adulthood." (source)
Humor influences how people think. And the way people think has the power to influence and change laws and societal norms. So when Aziz stands in front of a huge auditorium and tells jokes about how he “can’t believe he wasn’t molested as a child because he was so cute”, and continues to make jokes about how difficult it must be for child molesters to approach attractive children, he’s not making a joke about something that’s “not true anymore”. He’s saying, abuse is something to laugh about. He’s saying the idea of an adult scoping out a child with the intent to sexually assault them is funny. He’s spitting in the faces of survivors. He’s silencing others who’ve been abused and have yet to speak out. And worst of all, he’s rationalizing how child molesters think, thus saying “well if a kid is good looking then of course they’re going to get molested”. As if victims need to be blamed ANY MORE for their abuse. You’re right, Aziz’s is making a joke out of something that’s “still true today” and in effect, normalizing it. In my book? Normalizing child molestation makes you an awful person and a shitty comedian.
Jokes that trivialize rape, sexual assault and uphold racism and other types of oppression lessen the attitudes surrounding those issues. This is not an opinion, this has been researched and proven through numerous scientific studies. (source)
“I know you’re talking about the systemic and institutional racism that people of color face, but could you please say “some white people” instead of just “white people”. It’s really hurtful because not all of us are like that. I ask because I’m more concerned with being perceived as racist rather than discussing the actual effects of racism.”—some white people
“[C]alling anyone a slut, regardless of their behavior is slut shaming. The idea that anyone has the right to judge some’s sexual habits is slut shaming. The practice of judging someone and calling them a slut along with the perpetuation of ‘sluttiness leads to rape’ hurts victims of sexual assault because people assume that if they were assaulted they were somehow at fault because of their behavior or previous sexual history.”—chescaleigh // How Slut Shaming Becomes Victim Blaming (via seeyouinpieces)