Becoming youtube panel, SitC edition (This is my last rant. I think)
Catching up on what I’ve missed of SitC, more specifically the Becoming Youtube panel. And I find it interesting how Ben starts out being a lot more careful with his words regarding the gender gap question this time (in relation to the BY panel on Vidcon and its aftermath). It’s almost as if he’s listened to people who tired to get across that he as a male should not stand above women with first hand experiences.
I say almost, because sadly it seems like he’s more careful not to start, in lack of better words, such a shitstorm again than it seems that he has listened and taken other opinions in account. Then when he goes to make a, for everyone who followed the twitter aftermath, apparent dig at those fantastic people who were vocal about disagreeing with him by saying that everyone who “stood on the sidelines” and said that the people leading the discussion (i.e. him and others on the panel) were “patronizing or insulting or sexist - they’re not. They’re engaging in a really important discussion and if you have a problem with that - shame on you.”
It’s an interesting choice of words, because “shame on you” is exactly what I want to say to Ben in that moment. Neither me and every other viewer sat in front of a computer nor the female youtubers disagreeing with Ben are on the sidelines. We all tried to be a part of the discussion, but were shot down with passive aggressive digs from Ben himself. I’m sorry I’m not a female youtuber who does good enough to be on your panel Ben, but that does in NO way mean I’m on the sidelines of this. And by saying that I, we are Ben once again leaves us out of a discussion that is about us. It’s easy to say women should be leading the debate with a smug smile and a sarcastic tone (judge for yourself), but apparently it’s a whole other thing to actually let us do that.
So okay, I started watching the BY panel even thought I really don’t have time and 7 minutes in Ben is already pissing me off saying; “Unconditional love scares me. I want.. You need an audience that hold you to account.”
And while this is very true and I agree with him; Ben’s saying one thing and then acting out the complete opposite. You don’t want to be held account for anything. Quite the opposite as you will in fact attack every person who doesn’t give you unconditional love.
As a sidenote; 7 minutes in and you can already tell Lex is going to be the absolute best thing about this panel.
(I will now leave this because if I don’t I will not only be late but also I will angrily liveblog my whole watching of the panel and I suspect that holds little to no interest to others.)