YouTube Fandom Honesty Hour: 10 New Things We Learned From You On Twitter
9 November 2015, 13:31 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:32
The YouTube community got deep again. Are you ready for some harsh truths?
It's not very often that YouTubers and their fandoms let loose their real opinions online (who are we kidding, it's all the time); but a hashtag will always bring everyone together.
Once again, #YouTubeFandomHonestyHour trended last night, as viewers and creators alike vented their feelings on the platform and its community. Nothing was safe: Everything from meet-ups, to underrated YouTubers, to the endless stream of book deals was discussed in full by thousands of people.
After some epic perusal of the hashtag, we spotted some new trends of thought, and put together a list of the more common opinions from last night. Are you ready for some harsh truths? Of course you are. Read on!
1. People are finding it even harder to start YouTube because of the video quality of top channels.
#youtubefandomhonestyhour late the partay but recently starting as a content creator kinda makes me feel so inferior to bigger creators...— Katy Summers (@katysummers21) November 8, 2015
it's so hard for small YouTubers like me to get their content out there without being accused of coping bigger yt #youtubefandomhonestyhour— Lucy (@Lucyyy_xox_) November 8, 2015
I love the fact that youtube is becoming more professional but it doesn't seem like a realistic hobby anymore. #youtubefandomhonestyhour— a n n i e (@YMCAnnie) November 9, 2015
#youtubefandomhonestyhour I think starting YouTube is really difficult now because big youtubers have such professional looking videos— Leah (@ramblingstorms) November 8, 2015
2. The line between "YouTuber" and "celebrity" is even more blurry and confusing and weird.
#youtubefandomhonestyhour don't tell me you're not like a celebrity then shove merch at me— Kat (@CasualKatx) November 8, 2015
3. Some YouTubers might actually be robots.
Dan and Phil aren't actually human, but androids controlled by Google. Look out. Don't let them take you. #youtubefandomhonestyhour— dan n phil RIPdates (@updatedphan) November 8, 2015
#youtubefandomhonestyhour every YouTuber is a robot planned to hypnotize you into watching there videos. They will soon take over the world.— |-/ Lily (@__LilyGreen__) November 8, 2015
I miss those times when youtubers were just casual people with their cameras and not these money making machines #youtubefandomhonestyhour— ej (@ulzzangkth) November 8, 2015
4. Diversity is STILL a huge problem.
#youtubefandomhonestyhour kinda h8 being a POC in a predominantly white area w/ predominantly white creators bc it's like i don't belong????— cecilia (@ceciliugh) November 9, 2015
#youtubefandomhonestyhour as a latinx individual it really makes me uncomfortable that most big youtubers are attractive white people— t (@mofongoconpollo) November 8, 2015
there's such a massive underrepresentation of poc in 'popular' youtube #youtubefandomhonestyhour— heidi (@INVSIBLESTILES) November 9, 2015
It seems as if you are a female YouTuber and don't do beauty videos then you don't get recognized much #youtubefandomhonestyhour— Laura (@BiForBane) November 9, 2015
5. People still want bigger YouTubers to use their platform for real issues.
i kind of wish more youtubers talked about social issues or maybe i'm just watching the wrong people #youtubefandomhonestyhour— beth (@nophunjntended) November 8, 2015
#youtubefandomhonestyhour It bothers me that you tubers have so much power but don't tackle important issues like racism etc.— mol ⚡️ (@_mollymarshall_) November 8, 2015
#youtubefandomhonestyhour I think it's disgusting that most bigger youtubers completely ignored the whole sexual assault thing last year— . (@YELLOWBRlCKS) November 8, 2015
6. Anxiety is still being trivialised.
anxiety isn't a trend. Don't pretend you have it for attention. #youtubefandomhonestyhour— siân (@1975sian) November 9, 2015
just because someone says they have anxiety it's not just because Zoe has it #youtubefandomhonestyhour— jodie (@heartzoella) November 8, 2015
7. Gamers need more love.
people really underestimate gaming channels #youtubefandomhonestyhour— chloe!! (@idkzoella) November 8, 2015
so many people view youtubers who put out gaming content as "pointless" but they're really not??? #youtubefandomhonestyhour— bri (@duasflynn) November 8, 2015
8. Paid meet-ups are getting out of hand.
it makes me mad that I have to pay £20 to have ten seconds with my favourite people #youtubefandomhonestyhour— olivia (@gwjesy) November 8, 2015
I have to pay £80 to meet two people who claim to be 'ordinary people living ordinary lives'??— beca✨ (@starryafi) November 8, 2015
I don't think so#youtubefandomhonestyhour
I have to pay $300 to have 30 seconds with my idol? Are you shitty me. #youtubefandomhonestyhour— lexie (@lglexieeee) November 8, 2015
9. Even creators have their problems in the community.
#youtubefandomhonestyhour I’m legitimately too nervous to meet a lot of my favourite YouTubers after being snubbed so many times in the past— TomSka (@thetomska) November 8, 2015
#youtubefandomhonestyhour a lot of people make small youtubers like me feel like we can't send appreciation to the people we watch anymore— Tom Bristow (@TomBristow2) November 8, 2015
People who value your worth based on the amount of subscribers you have probably aren't your friends #youtubefandomhonestyhour— Rachel Kiki (@RachelKiki_) November 8, 2015
10. But regardless of all the flaws in the community, fandoms, content and even the site itself, we still love all of it.
YouTubers have given me a kind of happiness that I don't think I would have found anywhere else & I'm so grateful #youtubefandomhonestyhour— Diana (@diana_alexa14) November 8, 2015
everybody is freaking fabulous #youtubefandomhonestyhour— emma :)) (@danismyfavrat) November 8, 2015
Got any more #YouTubeFandomHonestyHour thoughts to share? Let us know in the comments or on our Twitter @WeTheUnicorns!