James Charles Said He's Not Paid Enough And People Are Furious
9 August 2018, 11:21
James took to Twitter to complain that YouTubers should earn the same money as
James Charles has taken to Twitter to discuss how much 'big YouTubers' are paid, prompting a variety of responses from his followers.
It started with James complaining that people don't realise how rich YouTubers really are
Which is confusing when we move on to his next arguments, but stay with me here.
just read an article about youtuber net worths and couldn’t help but laugh at how low the estimates all were. 😫 traditional media stays ignorant to the fact that most of us run empires and have better engagement than traditional media celebrities but keep making those lists lol— James Charles (@jamescharles) August 8, 2018
He then argues that the line between traditional celebrities and YouTubers is increasingly becoming blurred, which is certainly very true.
If you think about it, what are the real differences between typical "celebrities" and big youtubers? both have talents, both have millions of people watching them, both do endorsement deals & can sell product, both get press, both get paid a lot.. i'm curious to hear your input.— James Charles (@jamescharles) August 8, 2018
He then argues that there is a 'pay gap' (not the best choice of phrase but oh well!!!) between YouTubers and traditional celebrities. He says that YouTubers are paid a 'fraction by advertisers' of what other celebrities are paid.
only major difference is the pay gap & respect. youtubers bring the same assets to the table (if not more, because in most cases we're more easily accessible to our followers) yet we're paid a FRACTION by advertisers & still not taken seriously by brands or media. its frustrating— James Charles (@jamescharles) August 8, 2018
So it was a mixed bag of opinions all round - and the responses from other users was similarly mixed. Some supported James and agreed with him:
No shade but some big youtubers work a lot harder than typical celebrities. They deserve to be treated with respect an compensated fairly— Julia 💫 follow me shane 💛 (@loyaltyshane) August 8, 2018
still so sad when some youtubers don’t get the actual coin and recognition they actually deserve for the hard work they put into their job— +JAY+ proud of you (@JayJay_IsOkay) August 8, 2018
While others were... less sympathetic
I think both youtubers and celebrities are over paid. People work just as hard or even more hard for very little. The system is messed up.— 🌻Kristen🌻 (@laneybaneyx) August 8, 2018
YESYESYESYES People work two jobs and get barley enough to feed their family. He come in complaining about being under paid? I love James but it makes me mad.— Mady Birch (@madylovescooper) August 8, 2018
You complaining about not getting enough respect and money is a joke. You signed up to be a YouTuber so if you wanna drop it to become just another Hollywood star go right on ahead— 🌻🏁cutea (@starrynxight) August 8, 2018
I honestly cant believe someone who is as well off as you could even post a tweet that can be interpreted as a complaint about your pay. Are you serious? You’re not a celebrity, thats the difference. You dont act in movies, you dont release albums, you dont have a brand 🤷🏻♀️— TAYLOR (@fetchingfletchh) August 8, 2018