Whilst YouTubers themselves aren’t known for being defensive or aggressive, there clearly calls for a certain response to Twitter trolling when people are being straight up idiots. This dilemma happened to Tyler Oakley recently went an angry Twitter user decided to blast @huffpostqueer on an article they wrote about how “Coming Out is now a marketing strategy” and drag him along for the ride… literally.
Whilst here at We The Unicorns we agree that the original article was thoughtlessly glazing over important progressions about sexual identity and anxiety, this Twitter user (which we shall keep anonymous) took things one step too far by BLAMING “queens on YouTube” for “the mainstreaming of queerness to the extent that coming out has gone from trauma to marketing ploy”. In an epic 17 tweet long rant about a car commercial using “coming out language” to their advantage, the Twitter Troll decides to bring YouTubers such as Dan Savage and Tyler Oakley into the rage by saying that he has “so many thoughts about this nonsense that I can’t even” (he then goes on to even though).
Following on from this first tweet, the troll went on to say that; “The coming out story hasn’t been about gay people since the early 2000s. But if you want to play that game, let’s play… Tyler Oakley and his cadre of Ellen-approved YouTube gays have made coming out into a commercial ploy. Take it up with them… How do YouTube stars, who profit from having no skills outside of FinalCut Pro and witticisms, get salty for being called hollow”. Clearly this was too much for Tyler who decided to speak up after being literally dragged into the conversation.
His only response, which is still live on Twitter as he’s not one to #TweetAndDelete his feelings, goes as follows; “Don’t drag me into this rant. I came out when I was 14, four years before I made my first video”. Fans of Tyler’s also went on to point out that before being a YouTuber for a career was even a thing, Tyler was working on channels such as 5AwesomeGuys and was actively promoting his life as a homosexual as a prominent feature of his personality and representation – NOT as a means to enhance his already large fanbase.
Want do you think this whole discussion; are “YouTube queens” disturbing the balance of queer representation, or are they opening up doors and audience engagement? Let us know in the comments below. If you want to know more about what’s happening in the wide world of YouTube, catch up with our weekly instalment of SLAY or NAY – the only YouTuber news and gossip source that fills you in on what’s really important in the world TBH.