I just saw an amazing post by emphanadas (I’m sourcing it), talking about what Dan said in his liveshow today (4th August) about what happened at Vidcon with Glozell in the ‘Laughing at us and with us’ panel and how he didn’t really consent to it and it made him uncomfortable. And I realized that this issue has been bugging me since Vidcon ended. I’m not about to lie and say I didn’t laugh, take screenshots, retweet, fave, blog, everything about the twerking thing (so much that Glozell tweeted me) at the time but after that I felt bad because thinking about it, would Dan have ever consented to something like that? He’s already stated that even something like the sexy endscreen dance makes him feel uncomfortable, so is it any surprise he didn’t like the lap dance? It’s obvious it wasn’t planned and nothing he would ever suggest or agree to, it was Glozell being her usual ‘wacky’ self.
Glozell can be funny at times, but she takes some things too far, like all of the things she did to Dan: twerking on him, picking him up and putting her hand right on his crotch, and later licking his face. But the thing about Dan is that he’s just going to sit there and take it, because that’s the Dan mentality.
Dan has created his entire enterprise on self deprecation. His videos are all about the embarrassing things he’s done and are meant for people to laugh at. His twitter bio is ‘I make videos and people laugh at me’. So Dan lives up to his reputation by taking all of the things those people on the panel dished out at him, being the butt of the jokes, being treated like the 'eye candy’ for the fans by making them scream every time the host said 'Dan Howell’, all of the stuff Glozell put him through, and then being subjected to having to watch his first video even though he has stated many times how uncomfortable that makes him. But as he is kind of like the 'little kid’ of the group–meaning that the other panelists are more experienced and higher profile comedians and his videos are not directed solely at comedy–he’s not about to say 'Stop’ because that would ruin the fun. The point is to laugh at him.
But I don’t want to laugh at Dan at the expense of his comfort. In a situation where Dan was comfortable and in control, none of that would’ve happened. I wish he knew that it was okay to speak out against stuff even to the disappointment of people because more than anyone, this is his life. Sure, he is an entertainer, he wants to cater to the fans, but as a fan I can say that I would much rather he be happy than not just for a cheap laugh.