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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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.

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

YouTube: Old Media Vs. New Media

I would like to bring your attention to something I stumbled upon on YouTube the other day that really got me thinking. In fact I would say it sparked a powerful bout of defensiveness for the realm of YouTube. I had never known I harboured so many sentimental values for the space and its members. For the first time in my life I felt as if I were part of a brotherhood, camaraderie, a revolution, if you may. Allow me to elaborate.

The video that got me all riled up was an interview of one of the most popular (and one of my personal favourites) YouTubers at the moment: Jenna Marbles (her real name is Jenna Mourey, Marbles is what she named her Chihuahua) conducted on Good Morning America. Jenna Marbles posts weekly videos on YouTube that are mostly comments on mundane day-to-day activities, parodies of celebrities and she plays on the dominant discourses and asocial constructs in society.

Her videos include How To Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking, Pumpkin Carving With Miley Cyrus and How Guys Take A Shower. Jenna Marbles is an extremely successful YouTuber and content creator; she has “more Facebook fans than Jennifer Lawrence, more Twitter followers than Fox News and more Instagram followers than Oprah”.

I was minding my own merry business, binge-watching Jenna Marbles’ videos when something caught my eye. I looked at the side bar and I noticed a video entitled Jenna Marbles Interview – Queen of YouTube Reaches Billionth Click… posted by DAILY BEAST last year. I clicked on the video and was delighted to discover her on Good Morning America; traditional mainstream media, which I, up until that point, thought every YouTuber dreamt of doing. My glee was short-lived. The clip consisted of the interviewer—Celia Vega—patronising Jenna by asking condescending questions such as “do you think you deserve to have as many fans as you do?”. Jenna was also described as “the most famous person you never heard of” …according to who? Her 13 million subscribers would beg to differ. Good Morning America proceeded to turn the interview into a game of “how many times did Jenna say the word ‘ridiculous’?” when Cecilia Vega made a jibe on how often Jenna used that word in their hour-long interview. This was a clear attempt to ridicule Jenna, and in doing so, making a mockery of the entire YouTube community.

Celia Vega ridicules Jenna Marbles on Good Morning America.

By disrespecting one of the most successful members of what Jenna (and the general youth) refers to as the “new media”, old media is looking down upon them. This makes sense, because members of old media in America, such as Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News are struggling to grasp the youth’s attention as younger people are moving away from watching TV and buying newspapers.

Fewer and fewer people are interested in buying newspapers and listening to radio news as sources. Online sources are quickly becoming mainstream.

This interview brought many Jenna Marbles’ fans as well as supporters of new media together in the reaction to this instance. Many were offended (and rightly so). There were a few video responses, and one that stuck out for me was one by Ana Kasparian entitled Jenna Marbles vs. GMA. Ana Kasparian has a history in both television and the YouTube workplace Kasparian seems to agree with me and the rest of the community of YouTube (at least the fans of Jenna Marbles), and goes into detail about how most news stations are not as free to cover the stories they want to cover, they are restricted to present themselves in a certain way, and the bear the weight of higher powers (such as advertisers) on their shoulders.This is why they might behave coldly towards YouTubers or media groups based online because those groups are much more liberated in that they have the freedom to cover the stories they want to. They can conduct themselves the way feel (using swear words and racy skits) without worrying about their bosses terminating them. Ultimately, social media moguls and YouTubers have complete control over their content. Sadly, this is something the employees of mainstream media will never have, at least not in the near future. What is worse is that stunts like these will deter young people from fully embracing old media.

A valuable thing to note about the culture of YouTube is that there are a multitude of niches that are relevant to certain demographics. The founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, created a platform that opened many doors for everyone who has a decent internet connection, a computer and a camera.

Classic Jenna Marbles.

One must acknowledge that we are living in changing times and that techniques that used to work for the media are becoming out dated. This is not to say that YouTube will one day rule the entire sphere of mainstream media, but it is simply a suggestion that the old media make room for newer forms of media to thrive.

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.