It’s hard to believe that in 2017, journalists for national newspapers still can’t get their head around the fact that YouTubers are here to stay and are empowering, entertaining and educating an audience of millions upon millions. This, however, did not stop The Guardian from publishing a rather spiteful article blaming Zoe Sugg for a decline in teenage literacy. Seriously.
Recent reports show that Zoe Sugg’s books are a favourite amongst secondary school children, and the piece attempts to link the popularity of these kinds of books with a recent recorded drop in literary rates among young people. All in all, it seems like a bit of a stretch.
Having read the entire article, we have to wonder whether the author simply a) doesn’t see the appeal in YouTubers in general and b) seems to believe an interest in makeup and beauty means a person cannot also be intelligent. Needless to say, the online community were hugely unimpressed and called out the newspaper and their old fashioned, nasty views.
Here’s what everyone had to say, including Zoe herself.
What do you think? Were The Guardian right in their opinions? Or have they failed to understand the joy of YouTube? Let us know in the comments below.