Shane's video: conspiracy theory that they're in a relationship. He brings up "uma thurman watched me have sex" with phil's old poster in his room, then there's a screenshot with "exposure editing" that shows them kissing in a halloween gaming video when lights are off and then the formspring where dan says interrupted by fireworks reminds him of phil. THEN shane straight up says he thinks they’re not in a relationship and are just fucking with the fans cuz they think it's funny. yikes
i can’t believe i even have to deign this with a response but i feel a slight responsibility to do so, so here it goes.
first, do not click on this video or watch it if you can avoid it. a large part of the motivation to even broach a topic like this in this way is for attention and to stir drama. don’t play into the blatant attempt at exploitation and justgive this video a pass. the summary above is pretty comprehensive from what i can tell.
second, i do think there is a difference between someone with the platform that shane has making a video like this and viewers of dnp discussing their own opinions on dnp’s status in their own forums. shane has a public audience. shane has influence. shane is, on paper, a colleague of dnp. digging up old tweets and fs screenshots that have since been deleted and essentially making fun of them in front of a large audience is a pretty lowly thing to do.
third, accusing two people of blatant manipulation of their audience is an even more lowly thing to do. this has been such a shift in tone for people who seek to “debunk” the idea of dnp’s romantic involvement. instead of ridiculing or deriding fans for delusional thinking, many people in recent months have instead shifted targets to instead accuse dnp of lying, manipulation, and exploitation for profit and for fun. that’s not a casual claim to make. it implies that dnp have taken some sort of pleasure out of lying on an enormous scale over many years and that they continue to do so in order to drive speculation about their private lives and, in so doing, drive consumer interest in their brand. it’s a weighty allegation with enormous moral implications and what it really seeks to do, make no mistake, is place pressure on dnp to clear the air. either come out/confirm their status explicitly or sit quietly while people accuse them of despicable motivations and actions left, right, and center. those accusations are one thing from viewers. they take on a totally different weight when they’re put forward by someone who is a colleague with an audience of hundreds of thousands, and potentially millions.
pressuring anyone w a non-het orientation or anyone in a non-het relationship to out themselves (and otherwise submit themselves to being accused of these lowly forms of mass manipulation) is a shit thing to do. while i will always advocate for critical thinking and holding powerful public figures to account, neither d nor p have ever done anything to suggest that a large part of their public presence in the last decade has been founded on intentionally crafted lies and deceit for their own gain. they’ve instead shown every sign of being two people whose connection with one another is something they cherish and seek to protect from public scrutiny. this video was grossly irresponsible and, whether or not it was intended to be so, the effects of it are malicious and totally unwarranted.