Every year, for every YouTube convention or music festival in the world, lineup announcements are a huge deal. Not only do they kickstart the buzz for events and signal the start of tickets going on sale to eager fans, but they open up a world of upcoming creators to attendees wanting to broaden their perspectives. But for some fans, new faces on their Twitter timeline is something that they feel requires a snide remark.
Summer in the City, the UK’s largest YouTube convention, recently announced the first eight creators attending their three-day festival in Summer 2017. Whilst the lineup is amazing, and has the majority of potential attendees absolutely buzzing, a rude selection of people felt compelled to reply “who?!” to many of the announcements because they didn’t happen to be one of their personal faves.
Summer in the City’s official Twitter has since responded to the lineup drama, asking followers to be “polite” to the people they do not know.
At 7pm last night, SitC announced their first Summer 2017 act would be TomSka, the UK based comedian and animator. Following this, later updates revealed that Saffron Barker, Alex Bertie and Banana Jamana would also be in attendance… much to the dismay of Twitter of some users waiting patiently for their fave. Scrolling through the replies on these announcements brings up a long list of people viscously replying with the word “who?!”.
After SitC’s official statement, Emma Blackery put her thoughts out into the world regarding the fan reaction: “Saying ‘who?’ when a YTer is announced at an event to make them look irrelevant is undeniably callous and you all know it”. She went on to explain that she has developed a “thick skin from years of teenagers making [her] out to be something [she’s] not”, and that attacking creators for not being known is absurd and disrespectful.
We’ve written on the site in the past that even the most diehard YouTube fans can be “out of touch” when it comes to knowing the entire YouTube community – especially when over 1000 individuals hit 1 million subscribers in 2016 alone. At this point, it’s damn near impossible to know every single YouTuber, so playing ignorant to other people’s achievements is only making yourself look stupid at this point.