ARE TROYE SIVAN & CASPAR LEE ‘REAL’ SOUTH AFRICAN YOUTUBERS?

Good Day People of the Interwebs,

Do you consider Troye Sivan and Caspar Lee genuine South African YouTubers?

It’s Troye on the left and Caspar on the right. This was the thumbnail for Caspar’s video “Exclusive Interview With Troye Sivan”

 

Today I was exploring the small but talented world of South African YouTubers and found a video by the amazing Michael Cost entitled ‘What South African Movies Taught Me‘ and he said something that really struck a chord with me. After he mentioned all he learnt from Spud was that “if you starred in Spud, you will become a famous YouTuber”, he said something I’d been too afraid to voice myself, which is that he thinks Troye Sivan and Caspar Lee aren’t reeeally South African YouTubers because:

a) Caspar was actually born in England and moved to South Africa when he was young, and

b) although Troye was born in Johannesburg, he moved to Australia when he was young and has lived there ever since

And, to be honest, I kind of agree with him. But not for those reasons.

Okay, I see the disappointed judgement on your face. Let me make my points clear before we start throwing stones. Firstly, I don’t think that you have to be born in a place to call it home, so Caspar, you’re as South African as I am. I don’t dispute that fact. And Troye, well I don’t actually know what your family’s reasoning was for moving to Australia but whether you have or haven’t abandoned your South Africanness has nothing to do with me.

HOWEVER, the way I see other South African YouTubers is not how I see Caspar and Troye. For me, it’s not so much that I don’t think Caspar and Troye aren’t South African, that I have no right to decide, but for me it’s more of the essence of a hardcore South African YouTuber that I think they don’t have.  You know what I mean?

 

Here're just a FEW awesome South African YouTubers. From top left corner to the bottom right corner it goes: Michael Cost, Kharla Williams, Nerdzsquared, Prev Reddy, Rohil Aniruth, Tenn iBair, Liesl Prinsloo, Mark Fitzgibbon and ME! (^_^)

Here’re just a FEW awesome South African YouTubers. From top left corner to the bottom right corner it goes: Michael Cost, Kharla Williams, Nerdzsquared, Prev Reddy, Rohil Aniruth, Tenn iBair, Liesl Prinsloo, Mark Fitzgibbon and ME! (^_^)

 

Most South African YouTubers that I stalk (did I say stalk? I meant subscribe to) and love watching don’t really have über HD cameras, don’t hang out and travel with mega famous YouTubers like Tyler Oakley and Zoella, don’t get over a million views for a video and definitely don’t have a million subscribers. Heck, I’m pretty sure we get excited when we see we’d gotten a hundred views on a video and gained two subscribers.

But this is what I love about the South African YouTube community. We are growing together, experiencing the struggle of slow internet and powering through Eskom but are still making videos, not because we’ve got a billion subscribers, but because we have twelve and we love entertaining those twelve. Well, that’s why I’m doing it anyway.

So, no hate to Caspar and Troye (Troye was actually previously one of my “YouTuber of the Week” click the link to find out why!). I actually enjoy their videos. I’m simply saying they just don’t have the je ne sais quoi that I find in other South African YouTubers. Hey, it’s neither a good nor a bad thing: they’re just different.

Having said that, please check out all the South African YouTubers I’ve included in the collage I made, they’re top notch, I promise.

Here’s a list, in order of appearance:

1) Michael Cost

2) Kharla Williams

3) Nerdzsquared 

4) Preven Reddy 

5) Rohil Aniruth

6) Tenn iBair

7) Liesl Prinsloo

8) Mark Fitzgibbon

9) Gugu Béla

As usual, comment below! I’m dying to know what you think about this.

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YouTuber of the Week: Troye Sivan

Happy Tuesday!

This week’s vlog king is Troye Sivan!

Troye Sivan is a true guru.

Yes, he’s “that guy in Spud!”, although he is all grown up now and he makes YouTube videos. Troye vlogs about things that relate to people that are forever online, whether it be Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, other YouTubers or making awesome songs that mention every significant thing that happened in an entire year (check out “The 2013 song“).

Troye Sivan…nuff said.

This allows him to have a broad audience and a large fan base. What I like about him is that his target audience is not restricted to a specific skin colour, country of origin, or religion. I mean, most of the people reading this article have social media accounts and will recognise all or at least most of the references in his videos. Another thing I love that some of my favourite YouTubers do is they do all the on-camera work on their own. A nice example of this working for me is his video entitled “If Websites Were People“. It is HIGHlarious (no typo) and just goes to show that you don’t need to have fifty other actors with you to make good quality content, the numbers speak for themselves: 884,498 views for that video alone.

This is not to say that all he does is vlog about social media, he has a range of topics that are addressed in a way that you can’t help but laugh. I particularly enjoyed his video called “I Get The Shivers When I Pee???” which basically resonates with some of us that have serious cases of hypochondria. Videos like this which are just about the everyday experiences of the average person make us laugh and go “yes Troye, we’re in the same boat”, which feels quite good. It’s nice to know you haven’t lost your marbles. I honestly recommend you watch each and every one of his videos (launch alert) because you really can’t get enough of him, I know I can’t!

See y’all next week for another entertaining YouTuber that has you grabbing onto your ribcage for fear of it breaking (from laughter, if that wasn’t clear).