YOUTUBER OF THE WEEK: MALIS TGLR

First and foremost, if you’re a curvy, thick, big-boned (or what have you) girl like me, you’re going to adore this week’s Youtuber Of The Week. In fact, after watching the video I’m about to talk about, you’re going to join the long line of women queuing to marry him. Now that that’s been said, let’s get right to it. Malis     Malis Tglr everybody! And, to be honest, I discovered him quite arbitrarily and completely by chance. I was in the middle of being traumatised by my first HowToBasic video (side note: I am in dire need of venting all of my raging emotions for the lawlessness of HowToBasic videos, but more on this later, I need a whole segment for that!) when I glanced at the sidebar and saw an intriguing title:                                                                                                

                                                                                               “I Love Me A Big Girl” 

And before I even saw the video, no, before I even clicked on the video, I loved it. Yes, I know that’s somewhat narcissistic of me, but you’re gonna have to cut me some slack. My thick sisters and brothers: you feel me.

So, I clicked on the video. I watched it. I laughed. It ended. I pressed reply. I watched it again. I pressed replay. Wash, rinse and repeat this about five or six times. Let me tell you why I loved it so much and why Malis is my YouTuber of the Week.

1) He didn’t say the words “fat” & “thick”  like they were curse words.

2) His laugh.

3) He gave multiple reasons for why he likes chubby girls when, in all honesty, he only needed to tell us one. I mean, I am pleasantly elated that he enlightened me that there’s a whole sea full of fish that go for the fish other fish swim away from. Did that analogy make any sense?

4) He was straightforward.

5) His laugh.

6) This phrase: “Are you f*cking retardedly stupidly dumb?” (you’ll get it when you watch the video)

7) His laugh.

8) This phrase: “A big girl will make you feel loved”

9) He didn’t skinny-shame.

10) He was genuinely funny.

 

Honestly, there are a few things he said that I don’t like, and I would specify but I don’t want to ruin the magic for you. It’s just nice to hear, from a man’s perspective, that us thicker girls aren’t the ugly, incompatible, cat-ladies we make ourselves out to be. And yes, I know this is just one man’s opinion. But if one person can have the capacity to feel and think this way, then it at least gives us hope that there are more out there kind of like him. I’d certainly like to think so.

As always, stay fresh.

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YOUTUBER OF THE WEEK: MAMRIE HART

Hey-o!

It’s Friday and YOU DESERVE A DRINK! Therefore, you should definitely check out this week’s YouTuber of the Week: Mamrie Hart because she will teach you how to make fantastic drinks and laugh hysterically while concocting them. Cheers!

 

 

I literally spent the last week just watching a crapload of Mamrie’s YDAD (You Deserve A Drink) videos and let me tell ya, I almost died because, you know when you laugh so hard your body concentrates so hard on laughing that it forgets to listen to your brain which is telling you to breathe? Yeah that happened with every video. It’s insane. And without actually making the drinks I managed to get giddy and hyper from watching YDAD that I didn’t even need a drink! That’s right folks, my laziness truly conquers all obstacles. Hey, I still had a pretty good time.

 

Mamrie usually dedicates her concoctions to celebrities such as Lady Gaga, George Clooney, and Rihanna. She also cleverly names each of her drinks, such as: George Clooney’s Silver Fox, Lady Gaga’s Tasty Monster and Rihanna’s Hotty Toddy. My favourite of all time though, has to be her ‘Tyler Oakley’s My Ty Thai Mai Tai‘, because: genius?!

Clearly, Mamrie has had plenty of experience bartending and enjoys a drink or two. Not only that but she is extremely talented, being a comedienne, actress, author, singer, and a YouTuber. People, she has a MOVIE out for crying out loud! But before the movie she was on YouTube so she qualifies for being on my top 10 favourite YouTubers of all time.

Be sure to click all the links in this post to see the wonderment and beauty that is Mamrie Hart. I just want to make the world a better place.

 

 

YOUTUBER OF THE WEEK: Hart

Happy Hump Day!

I bring you nothing but the greatest. This woman is fearless, hilariously brutally honest and my hero. Her name is Hart and she gives you life!

 

It’s Hart!

 

As of now, Hart is my favourite comedienne on YouTube. She is incredibly talented and does sketches, produces her own music, and tackles serious topics. She does all of this  while strongly advocating respect for the LGBT community from the perspective of a lesbian. In fact, the video of hers that caught my full attention was her Watermelon video, which was her response to somebody asking her: “If you love women so much, how come you don’t dress like one? Why are you dressing like something you don’t like?” To which her reply was…

Starts off with her eating watermelon…

 

Then you realise SHE’S WEARING AN OUTFIT MADE OF WATERMELON!

 

…And the dancing commences…

 

And what this really proves to us is that you don’t have to wear what you love. Just because she loves watermelon don’t mean she has to dress up as a watermelon…although she rocks it.

Ladies and gentlemen that video was just the beginning. All of her videos have a lot of time and energy put into them. She educates the masses about their own ignorance (towards sexual orientation or other issues) but she does it in the most unpretentious and level-headed way.  If you’re looking for an intelligent, educated YouTuber that can make you laugh and has many substantial things to say, then I suggest you visit Hart’s channel, Hartbeat, on YouTube and forget about your project/homework/250000-word essay for a few minutes.

Yes, I may be a bad influence, but if you’re going to procrastinate might as well do it right!

YOUTUBER OF THE WEEK: Sarah Rae Vargas

Merry Monday! 🙂

So yesterday I was scouring YouTube for something to watch. I admit, boredom had sunk its jagged teeth into my cranium. You see the problem with religiously watching your favourite channels as soon as they post a video is that you end up having seen them all and as a result have nothing to watch. But after much milling about on YouTube, I found a video entitled ‘Fat Girls Who Wear Leggings‘ and my life changed. My life. Changed.

Loooooved this video!

Loooooved this video!

This video made my day. I laughed, cried “I KNOW!” multiple times and laughed some more. In this video Sarah Rae Vargas speaks about the redundancy of proclaiming “Leggings aren’t pants!”, which, annoyingly, many people are prone do (I have a lot of personal experience with people like this). I loved every minute of it. She had a tasteful sarcastic approach to dealing with idiots trying to tell thicker people how to dress based on their body size. Argh. Such Magic.

Sarah Rae Vargas has her own blog and YouTube channel. Her channel, RavingsByRae, comprises of vlogs dealing with other weight-related issues that her subscribers (ahem… me) might share, OOTDs, Product Reviews and Beauty Tutorials. My second favourite video of hers is her Plus Size Swimwear Lookbook. This video really reminded me of how awesome Forever 21 is and consequently made me extremely sad that we don’t have it here in South Africa. The swimsuits were all stunning. I mean, I want to buy each and every one of them. More importantly, she really rocked all the swimsuits, especially the bikinis! I myself have never had the confidence to rock a bikini but after watching RavingsByRae, I am definitely going to consider those high-waisted beauties!

Look at that gorgeousness! I want one! If only Forever 21 was available in SA 😦

Just perfection.

I know I probably have too many full swimming costumes but this one is just begging me to buy it!

All in all, Sarah Rae Vergas is a phenomenal, confident and beautiful woman whose vlogs and blogs continue to inspire me and hopefully will inspire you!

Sarah Rae does incredible OOTD’s

YOUTUBER OF THE WEEK: Rhett & Link

GOOD MYTHICAL MORNING!

Yes indeedy-deed, this week’s YouTuber of the Week is actually a duo. Rhett & Link of Good Mythical Morning!

Yes, and this is on account of: I’ve developed a serious addiction to their Good Mythical Morning videos. I watch them every morning. And during lunch. And at night. Pretty much my whole day revolves around the spare time I get to watch Rhett & Link talk about stuff. I can’t help it; I’m hooked. They are the funniest duo I’ve seen so far on YouTube. Granted, I haven’t seen many, but for now they are on the top of my list.

Rhett & Link do a range of different things to entertain their audiences. They call themselves “Internetainers”, which probably means that they entertain people on the internet. Or something. Which makes sense since they don’t just have one talent. They make amazingly funny music videos, in fact one of their videos was actually mentioned in my previous blog post on the topic of Nerds Vs Geeks (Go check that out. Later). They also do sketches and outrageous commercials on their main channel Rhett & Link, but what I am inordinately compelled to watch every second of every hour of everyday is their daily show Good Mythical Morning.

This talk show discusses topics ranging from 5 Strange Facts About Bellybuttons to The Ghost Pepper Challenge to 14 Words The English Language Needs. Needless to say, the variety of topics they cover is immense. Which is why I never get bored of their videos and have evolved into a Mythical Beast. Oh yes, they call their fans Mythical Beasts. I mean, that right there is all the enticement you need to check them out.

I like the fact that their talk show isn’t rigid. And what I mean by that is; it is a free, relaxed atmosphere. Rhett & Link go way back and this can be seen on camera. In fact, this is what makes their videos the golden, glistening magical myriad of awesomeness that they are. Their friendship shines through in every one of their videos, especially when Rhett isn’t afraid to jab at Link’s mispronunciations of words or when Link makes fun of Rhett constantly insisting that he’s the smartest person in the world. It is these little reprises that create a comedic dynamic to the duo.

So there you have it, that’s my recommendation for the week, I hope you soon evolve into a magical Mythical Best. It’s way better than being a unicorn. Seriously.

Feel free to leave comments below! How do you feel about GMM? Are you as obsessed as I am? Probably not.

As always, stay fresh.

YouTuber of the Week: Emezie Okorafor

Hello people of the inter-webs!

This week’s Youtuber of the Week was found as I was crawling through the edges of YouTube, bored out of my mind having seen the final episode of season 3 of MPGiS (I’ll probably post a whole other blog solely dedicated to MPGiS). As I settled one of the Friday Fan videos of MPGiS, I looked to my right and saw a video entitled “Chubby Mermaid” and the thumbnail was indeed a chubby mermaid. And I clicked on it because: why not (also, because of my embarrassing hope to one day find out I am part mermaid… that’s not weird)? My boredom had reached a point where I could have watched anything.

Chubby Mermaid is the story of my life. Also: gummy bears.

And I fell utterly, shamelessly, completely in love. “Chubby Mermaid” is an authentic animation, drawn sincerely with a narrative that will make you question the purpose of reality, when there are so many fictional worlds that are a million times better. This video was like that first Pringle, after that one I couldn’t stop. I found more videos by the same channel which made me feel this way, namely the mini-series “Porkchop ‘N Flatscreen” which gained over 3 million views for the first episode.

Emezie Okorafor is the name of the YouTuber, and he is the Bruce Wayne to his fans’ Batman because his identity isn’t made clear unless you make the effort to find out. I can tell that his style of filmmaking is inspired by anime, games like Street Fighter and classical animation. There is are direct references to these influences in his videos: there was an episode where one of his main characters embodied one of the Sailor Moon characters; one of his music videos literally has Street Fighter playing in the background; and one of his characters is named Mouse and looks a bit like Mickey Mouse, there’s even an episode where Mouse is steering a boat and dancing the exact same way Mickey Mouse used to in the earlier black-and-white Mickey Mouse cartoons.

Here are the lead female characters from left to right: Mai, Mi Na, Mouse (notice the pigtails, suspenders and gloves…remind you of anyone?) and Ayane.

Emezie Okorafor is extremely talented. He draws the animations and writes the narratives himself. He also writes and performs the music to all of the animations. This requires a lot of work, so unfortunately he does not upload episodes weekly, but they are all of good quality I assure you.

Not only is he talented, but he is film-literate. This animated show started off as a project that he had to do while he attended (attends? I’m not sure if he graduated or not) UCLA. I’m not sure if the project is still ongoing or whether he’s just doing this for fun now, but I’m glad he’s doing it.

Once again I have brought you marvellous content on YouTube you can hopefully appreciate and love as much as I do. Because I have pretty good taste.

He has his music up on iTunes and I believe he has his own game! Go check out the game as well as comics, portfolio and more at Emezie.com.

As always, stay fresh.

YOUTUBER OF THE WEEK: SHANE DAWSON

Hola a todos!

I have the strongest urge to write this entire feature in caps lock because my love for this week’s YouTuber of the Week is gargantuan.

SHANE DAWSON EVERYBODY!

Shane Dawson is an exact representation of my kind of humour.

This YouTuber is the closest to my heart because when I saw one of his videos for the first time, I hated it.I don’t even remember what the video was about, but I do remember feeling offended, disgusted and slightly irritated. In fact, I went on for a long time thinking he was part of Smosh, which alienated me from him even more. Needless to say, I’m not a fan of Smosh. So for a long time I avoided any suggestions by YouTube to watch his videos, until one day I stumbled upon a video of him collaborating with Tyler Oakley (another fave!). That’s when it clicked. I suddenly understood his humour, I understood his YouTube personality and I liked what I understood. It was just magic. The easy-going nature between the two also helped. Tyler seemed to get Shane’s eccentricity and vice versa.

Here’s the video that made me see the light and is honestly one of my favourite collab videos:

Shane Dawson is a revelation. Immediately I subscribed to his main channel, simply called Shane. It contains his vlogs, his collaborations, gaming videos song reviews, Ask Shane and more. His other two channels are ShaneDawsonTV and ShaneDawsonTV2. ShaneDawsonTV comprises of more daily vlogs, music video parodies, his mini web series called The Shananay Show, and even original music videos. His third channel, ShaneDawsonTV2 is mostly his Ask Shane series as well as some vlogs. He is incredibly talented and thus does many different types of videos including sketches, skits, podcasts, reviews, daily vlogs.

What I love most about Shane’s videos is that they’re never low-key. Everything he does and says is in your face. He is not afraid to shock you. He is not restricted by political correctness, in fact he almost seems to be against it. I encourage you to check his videos out because you will be amazed. Don’t worry if you’re taken aback at first, trust me I was not a fan at first, because he will grow on you until he is a part of your daily dose of YouTube and you won’t be able to fathom how you used to live without his videos.

As always, stay fresh.