In her most recent vlog, Zoella speaks about the impact online hate can have one anyone and the implications that follow it. She begins by saying that she believes “negativity breeds negativity” indicating that she feels its about time she spoke her peace with online hate.
It’s no surprise that someone with as much success as Zoella would be faced with an equal amount of both positive and negative reactions to her YouTube career. What is surprising though, is that its taken this long for her to finally speak about the online trolls in such an open and honest way.
Negativity and negative comments can easily bring someone down but it’s almost impossible to imagine how it would feel to be given it on a daily basis in such a vast amount. Zoella admits that finding a way to turn the negative into a positive is something she thinks about a lot, because she knows it’s something that naturally comes with being a public figure.
Zoe admits that both fans and journalists are always eager to discuss how she deals with hate online and whether the mean comments get to her. As a result, Zoe has finally spoken to the world in her recent vlog about the topic of trolling.
Sadly, Zoella admits to her viewers that “It makes me actually quit sad to say that over the past two years I’ve had to grow a really thick skin”.
Zoe admits that she’s had to “get used” to trolling. It’s incredibly sad to know that someone would have to get put up with online hate as part of their job but the way that Zoe has dealt with it all is incredibly inspiring.
Zoe also admits that the best way to deal with hate is to – surprisingly- acknowledge it. However, the key point to acknowledging it is also to able to drop it and move on. It’s fine to know that there is hate out there and that people may disagree with your lifestyle choices but it’s what you do with that information that can have a huge impact on your life.
She voices how she knows she is not the only one in this type of position and that again, makes her immensely sad: “It makes me so sad in my heart to know that others struggle with a similar thing. It took me ages to get used to [trolling] and it was very difficult. Knowing that I have friends that have also been through it makes me feel even worse”
It’s completely understandable why Zoe is so passionate about this topic because it’s no doubt so hard not to take trolling and online hate personally.
Even though our favourite YouTubers feel like friends, Zoe makes a good point about how no one really knows them like their friends and family do; people are judging YouTubers like Zoella when they have never walked a mile in their shoes.
“Hate affects people differently”, Zoe continues in her vlog. “No two people will react the same way to anything and I think a lot of people forget that”
She also adds that “I totally get that YouTubers put their lives out there but there isn’t this automatic rule that once you’re a YouTuber you’ve given up every right to not be criticized, to not be hated on, to not be trolled. That right does not automatically get taken away from you, its not a rule that comes with YouTube. It’s a rule that I think a lot of people justify with themselves to make themselves feel better about being mean.”
What do you think of Zoe’s comments? How do you think YouTubers should deal with online hate? Let us know in the comments.
You can watch Zoella’s vlog where she speaks about online hate below.
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