Youtube fans, haters and their imaginary prerogative

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I wrote an article about how Pewdiepie’s fans are horrible. I am fan myself and I have horrid experiences with fellow bros. But, I don’t know why I only focused on that one specific fandom when the others are equally horrid.

Maybe because Pewdiepie was and is currently the Youtuber I watch the most. Maybe because Pewdiepie fandom is so infamous. But then, it’s frustrating how we quickly dismiss the existence of his militant haters.

Haters. Like the zealous fandoms, they are one of Youtube’s cancers. Both are the extreme ends of the spectrum. Both are waste excreted from different orifices of a same person. Both also suffer the same disease: a bulging sense of entitlement.

They believe the entire Youtube community must kneel down and pleasure their nether regions. When excited, their genitalia boast non-existing expertise about what’s good for a group of diverse and many ‘unseen’ individuals. They express their excitement in different yet equally infuriating ways.

One sin that fans always do is forcing their Youtubers to be their besties. Yes, our Youtubers are NOT our friends. Their impacts to our personal lives are indeed inspiring. But, ours do not intertwine with theirs and probably never will. It’s still a tough truth to sell.

Fans want their favourite Youtubers stark naked and touch every inch of the bare skins as they desire. Their idols are nothing but emotionless piles of flesh, blood and bones who are destined to please the lustful ego of complete strangers. If they aren’t treated like sex toys, they are treated like puppets.

Retar…I mean, fans believe they are ever-powerful Gods and Youtubers are their subjects. They believe they have the complete creative control to the channels. Heck, they even think they can impose draconian rulings on the Youtubers’ personal lives! You can get attacked simply for dating the ‘wrong’ person (e.g. Jacksepticeye) or for not coming out (Joey Graceffa). Then, the haters chime in.

They declare themselves as being more sophisticated and more moral than the fandoms. In fact, they use this as a justification to hate certain Youtubers. Of course, that does not hold ground for two reasons:

First, Youtubers aren’t always responsible for their fans’ actions; some behaviours are simply beyond the former’s control. Second, the haters are equally rabid bunch of degenerates.

The most obvious haters’ sin is…their hate. They waste their precious time searching for Youtubers they hate, clicking their videos and posting cancerous comments. They even express their hatred in comment section of videos…created by different and sometimes unrelated Youtubers! What is their ‘rationale’ for this?

Well, they believe the expression of hatred will lead to the Youtubers’ downfall. Hatred will bring negative energy to their channels. In the end, destruction is inevitable. It does make sense…for the most simplistic of all minds. Instead of weakening them, the Youtubers end up getting stronger.

Clicking their videos literally means giving them more views. More views means more money. More money means more power. One can use money to obtain higher status and more fame! That’s the truth about life! Wait, that’s not all.

Haters also forget that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. I am a Pewdiepie fan because of the haters. They are the ones who introduce me to him! They keep spamming comment sections with his name. Curiosity made me check his channel and a bro I am now. I am genuinely grateful for the haters.

In fact, many of my fellow bros are! Giving lots of attention to Youtubers is almost akin to nourishing them with free ads. More subscribers also means more power. With many strangers adoring you, it is relatively easy to defend yourself. But, what if the attention does not give them more followers?

They may or may not get more. If they don’t, it still doesn’t matter. We often forget that Youtubers are media and communication people. They are savvy in both fields. They can use their fame their advantage. Their skill is their power. If they want to, they can topple world governments. Again, thank you hater, whose stupidity doesn’t stop there.

They love to denounce content creators of certain flaws. Obviously, valid criticism is important; everyone needs it to be a better individual, personally and professionally. But, the validity kills itself when the criticism is laced with hypocrisy.

They condemn the Youtubers they hate certain flaws…while openly praising their favourite Youtubers who clearly ALSO have those flaws! If you have a proudly blind sense of judgement, don’t get pissed when others dismiss your words; it’s their moral right. I am still not done, yet.

Those haters, no matter how annoying they are, are very harmless. Deal with them like one deals with overly-pampered toddlers. But, some are worryingly more dangerous as they bring their hatred to an atrocious level: slander.

They are so tightly cocooned by their hatred, their heads will come up with horrible lies, camouflaged them as truths and post them online. Unsurprisingly, they cannot present a single evidence to support their claims. Well, they think they can; for them, ‘hatred’ is literally the best evidence a person can have. Unfortunately, gullibility is a widespread social disease.

Present a handful of shit and a swarm of flies will gobble it up. They will do so either because it satisfies their repulsive, ingrained taste buds or they are simply starving and will devour anything they stumble on. Both are convinced of its supposedly refined taste. Then, they proceed to throw the shit to other people’s faces, including the slander victims.

One may say that slander is mere words; we should just ‘man up’ and not let ourselves hurt by it. Slander is literally harmless, they say. Well, that’s easy to say if you are not the victim.

Before Wall Street Journal falsely accusing him of anti-Semitism (and still haven’t apologised for it), Pewdiepie had been accused of stealing charity money and beating his own girlfriend. Even John Green of the Vlogbrothers was accused of being a sexual pervert who ‘loved’ teens. Those accusations are so horrible, they can potentially ruin lives. Haters who do this should be taken seriously.

So, what cause haters to do all of these? Well, as I said earlier, just like those rabid fans, haters have a bulging sense of entitlement. Like those fans, haters think everyone in the Youtube community are destined to be their personal slaves who indulge every single one of their desires. They literally cannot accept that they aren’t the only people who matter.

No, I am not saying that we should keep our mouths shut. We can, and should, give creative suggestions to our favourite Youtubers. Heck, I even believe we can give advices for their personal lives. Yes, it is true that Youtubers can’t live without us fans. But, we should also remember that we were attracted to them in the first place because of the uniqueness of their individuality.

We can, and should, also give stern criticism to the Youtubers we hate. Heck, I even believe we can give ‘harsh’ comments (mind the air quotes). But, our criticism should be bound by reasons and facts, not our feelings. The rule still applies even when they spit out shameless prejudice. Don’t be a hater. Don’t be an SJW. Be a critic.

Yes, I know that ‘traditional’ celebrities have also been harassed by rabid fans. But, digital media platforms like Youtube give wider access for us to interact with our idols; the wall between us and them is a a lot thinner. This digital metaphysics worries me. I fear that it makes us even more prone to suffer from delusions, believing that we have actual intimacy with our idols.

Speaking about the personal nature of Youtube, the website gives us freedom that ‘traditional’ media lacks: we can choose to watch any videos we want. Don’t like a Youtuber? All you have to do is to NOT clicking his/her videos! It’s that simple! You’re not forced to watch videos you hate.

Youtube does suggest you videos; even then, those videos are very likely related to the ones you frequently watch. Maybe they have similar styles or content. Maybe the creators are acquainted to the ones you are subscribing to. So, don’t get angry when you’re suggested videos of your hated Youtubers. In fact, you have so much freedom there, you literally have no reasons to be a hater.

I don’t know how end this article.

So, the end?

I don’t get the Pewdiepie bros

Seriously, I don’t and I’m one of them. Some are just….I don’t know….idiotic? Childish? Naive? Blind? It’s not about them spamming comment sections, screaming how Pewds is the best. Other fandoms are also guilty of that. It’s about how they know nothing about him.

They think Pewdiepie and Felix Kjellberg are one person. They aren’t. Pay attention to his videos. You will see two different people. Entertainers have public personas to be more entertaining. Even Felix said that in his podcast. It’s a common knowledge! Disbelieving that is delusional.

They also hate the new Pewdiepie because he edits too much, stops playing games, tries too hard to be edgy and becomes money-grubbing and inconsiderate. The old Pewdiepie isn’t guilty of those, they say. Well, let’s dissect them individually. I am referring to Pewds’ negative traits, not the bros (even though I want to dissect the brains of airheads).

First of all, he still plays games, albeit less. He has said countless times about wanting variation. It is either you are absent-minded (you need the doctor) or you are a shamelessly dull creature (you need to change). Oh and he plays games because he wants to. Give him suggestions, not coercion.

Yes, it is true he edits too much. It can be overwhelming to watch, especially when one loves transquility. But, people think it proves how he stops working hard. In what dumbass universe does that make any sense? More editing literally means spending more time on your videos! All you need is a brain to get that.

The old Pewds used offensive words just because he could. The new Pewdiepie uses them much less. In fact, he has become a satirist; his commentaries smack us to reality. And yet, new Pewds is the try-hard one. It’s like thinking how pop is more cultured than Jazz. Even Pewds himself thinks his old self was a try-hard.

There’s no evidence that the new Pewds is greedy. Not one. He does have ads in his videos. But, so do other Youtubers. In fact, he always disclose his sponsors. Also, his wealth is irrelevant. It has nothing to do with his greed or the lack of it (click here to watch Let’s talk about money).

The old Pewds always smiled, never scolded his fans and granted their wishes. He seemed kinder then. But, that’s superficial. He put a sugary mask, hiding God-knows-what behind it. The new Pewds, on the other hand, is always outspoken. We know what he thinks and feels. I don’t know about you. But, I believe insincerity and honesty are obvious signs of human decency. We’re not being lied to.

I believe those horrid bros are a minority. The other bros I know are more dignified. Alas, the tiny yet raucous minority gets the attention. They’re the de facto representatives of the bro army. Of course, we can call out those primitive simpletons, forcing them to contemplate about their lack of sophistication, intelligence and integrity. But, I’m a cynic. No matter how much we try, I’m sure they’ll always be there, ruining it for everyone, like a colossal boil on a face. Call me self-righteous. But, at least, I’m decent enough to know my own flaws

*grumpily bro fisting the screen*

Two groups of people…and why they think Pewdiepie sucks

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*puts on a mask*

Haters who call themselves “reasonable critics”:

Pewdiepie is literally a bad person! How do we know? Well, just watch his videos; we have watched over two thousands of them. God, the constant screaming. Why can’t he be calm like Markiplier and Jacksepticeye? Also, LITERALLY every single one of his videos have rape jokes. Not to mention he stole money from the charities he started; our hatred of him is enough of an evidence. Why can’t he be moral like Alex Day, Sam Pepper and Onision? His fans are extremely childish. Why can’t they be like other fandoms that always resort to personal attacks? Seriously, you have to be so shamelessly uncultured and immoral to be his “bros”.

Bitter ex-fans who live the past:

Pewdiepie used to be waaay better. He encompassed everything that makes a Youtuber good: lazy video editing, repetitiveness, being offensive for the sake of it, constant screaming, overt niceness and, the best of all, constant pandering to fans. Now he is the complete opposite. The new Pewdiepie is all about more complex video editing that takes hours to do, social commentaries, satires, wits and honesty to fans. As disgusting as they sound, there is one thing he does that is much worse than killing babies: doing things because he wants to, not because people force him to! A good Youtuber should become less sophisticated and less honourable, not more.

*takes off the mask*