Screenshots from Let’s Talk!
I’m seriously extremely nervous to make this post. I wasn’t really going to talk about what was going on with Felix or my opinion on the situation because I feel people who share similar opinions with me have said it and explained it much better then I ever possibly could and it’s hard for me to really get my thoughts together. But I still want to say how I feel because I have a lot of thoughts about it and I want to put them out there in this post and my thoughts on this video in particular too.
Honestly I agree with a lot of what Seán said in this video his opinion on this is very similar to my own. I don’t really watch Felix that much but sometimes I’m confused on how to feel about him or what to think of him because of stuff that I’ve heard about him. Not that I fully follow some of that stuff but it makes me kind of cautious on how to feel about him in general. But honestly I think what he did and what he said was stupid, extremely offensive and went way too far and could’ve been handled so much better. I know that it was a joke and I don’t think he’s anti semitic. I think he just told a terrible joke at a time where anti semitic people are still on the rise and coming back into spotlight and so many people are terrified for their lives and being who they are and I feel like Felix should’ve known better. I feel like he needs to understand more the weight and impact that he has and how people will take what he said seriously whether he’s joking or not. I think he needs to understand that he can’t just say whatever he wants and that there’s consequences when a joke goes too far. Which I’m sure he understands that, I think he knows and realizes that this joke went too far and I hope that he learns from this. However though I do feel like the media and Tumblr is treating him super unfairly. Taking what he said completely out of context and making the situation seem like it’s 10x worse then how it actually is and there’s so many people jumping into this witch hunt towards him now when I feel like we could be spending our energy on more important issues and trying to make the world a better place. They’re not treating Felix like he’s a person they’re treating him like he’s a demon spawn that is 100% evil and bad no matter what he says and does. That’s why I think that no matter what kind of apology he says it’s never going to be good enough because people will just rip apart every little thing that he says and honestly I think treating him like that is disgusting. Yes, I do agree that the joke was awful and went too far and he definitely should have consequences for making it. But Felix is still a human being. He’s capable making mistakes and changing for better and growing as person no matter how many dumb things he does. This thing with online culture is that we have a huge tendency to label someone as 100% bad over one negative thing that they did even years after they did it and learned from it. But the world is not 100% black and white, good people are capable of doing shitty things and whether we like it or not bad people are capable of doing good things too. Plus as humans we’re all cable of doing bad and good things and that’s huge part of being human and it kind of annoys me that so many people don’t understand this.
Especially with celebrities and Youtubers if they do something bad we label it as 100% bad and just say fuck you to them and to anyone that supports them. Which is something that’s really been pissing me off lately is the hate that Mark and Seán are getting for just supporting Felix as a person. More people need to understand that just because they’re supporting him doesn’t mean they support the terrible thing that he said and did. You can be friends and support someone and also not agree with every little thing they do. Again, the world is not black and white. I feel like people do this kind of thing with Youtubers because for most of us we don’t really know these people at the end of the day. It’s hard to fully trust someone you don’t actually know and it’s easier to see them in a black and white way. I’ll fully admit I support Seán as a person and I believe in him because I sincerely think he’s a good person and he’s impacted my life so much and giving me more then any person in my life has ever given me. But I acknowledge the fact that I don’t actually know him at the end of the day, I can’t fully 100% trust someone I don’t know no matter how much they’ve positively impacted my life. Plus I don’t always 100% support everything he says and does because him and I are different people we just think in a similar way and have a lot of the same morals. But I’m capable of thinking for myself too and having an opinion that’s different from his and the people around me. If I don’t agree with something that he says then I try my best to listen to his perspective and to tell him my own opinion because I’d like to think that we mutually respect each other as people to listen to each other. We’re all human at the end of the day and in my opinion we need to stop labeling things as 100% bad or 100% good and stop seeing people and the world in black and white.
As far as how I feel about this video though. I seriously think it was very brave of Seán to make a video about this. I have a huge feeling that it very hard to make a video about this and get his thoughts together and say his opinion on this topic in front of millions of people that could rip apart what he says. He didn’t even have his intro or outro in this video because he wanted to be taken seriously and I think that it was great that he did that. Plus one of the first things that he said in this was that he’s not monetizing this video and not trying to jump on the band wagon around this and I believe him. I mean he even titled the video “Let’s talk!” It doesn’t have Pewdiepie in the title or anything. Maybe he didn’t say everything he wanted to say or worded things in a way that could’ve of been better and defend Felix a little more. But his opinion as a whole I agree with and respect. Plus I think that he’s handling the feedback that this video is getting extremely well so far. I just hope that the negativity that surrounds this topic isn’t getting to him or getting under his skin. He cares what people think of him and I just don’t want him to loose himself in all the negative opinions that surround this topic on both sides of the spectrum. But he’s a big boy and I think he can handle it and learn from all of this, I feel like every Youtuber can learn from this.
So hopefully we all can move forward for this and to keep trying to spread positivity and making the world a slightly less dark place to be in. :)