Dan's liveshow today brought up some thoughts that I feel need to be shared and problems that need to be addressed:
At vidcon, Dan had to sit through an hour long panel where the interviewer would literally just say his name to get girls screaming. Every time he drank water, said a single word, it was all screaming. He is more than a pretty face. He is more than a “teen heartthrob.” He is more than “the British boy.” He is an intellectual and creative person who shouldn’t be placed in a panel just to excite teenage girls and boys, but to be talked to about important matters and asked meaningful questions.
The panel was meant to be about comedy, that’s what all of the youtubers on that panel signed up for. It was called the Comedy Panel. But instead it seemed to be just torture. I’m sure many of the youtubers had actual things to say about comedy and it’s affect on YouTube, and how they come up with content and how it’s helped them personally. Instead, they had to rewatch their first videos in front of a giant audience. It is well known how much Dan dislikes watching that video - especially in front of thousands. He said it himself in his livestream that watching that was horrible. He felt so awful he wanted to leave the stage. And he actually did, but because he’s a good person he came back.
And then there’s the twerking. I’m not going to say anything bad about Glozell because to be honest I know little about her, and her friendship with Dan. But I don’t think it was good of her to do that to Dan publicly, especially without his consent. He’s a very awkward person who isn’t touchy-feely. And what about if it had been Dan twerking on Glozell without her consent? With recent events that have happened with other internet famous people these past few months, social media would be all over that, everyone would be furious at dan, calling him disgusting and many other horrid names. But because it’s a fucking guy who was twerked on by a girl, no one has said anything, even though Dan openly implied that the twerking wasn’t consensual and it made him extremely uncomfortable. Twerking isn’t that big of a deal but this is about something bigger than that. These double standards are atrocious when it comes to males in situations like this. The fact that Dan just laughed it off and seemed “unaffected” for the good of the panel says a lot about his character. Thank you Dan, and we’re really sorry.
We all like to call out, discuss and complain every time our faves do something inappropriate or “problematic” and we generate for ourselves huge fights within our own community weather we should forgive them or not.
But rarely, it was the other way around and I’m really concerned, especially from those blogs / people who like to call out Dan every chance possible, that they wouldn’t complain on what happened during the Comedy Panel on Vidcon.
I know we all laughed about it and we all enjoyed it but there’s something that is rubbing me the wrong way about Dan being the punchline of the joke on that panel, his name and figure being reduced to “that cute english boy that teens scream at” and specially, what Dan said during the liveshow today.
I wanted to bring the topic to give it a little bit of discussions, since it seems like nobody really cared what happened, just to probably reflect on it. I’m just glad Dan said something about it.
“Well, she’s also a Youtuber. We’ve actually been friends for a couple of years, and then… circumstances kind of aligned. Her name is Ingrid and she’s a big Youtuber. But she’s also one of the most brilliant, soulful people I’ve met. It’s so good. Because she hates LA too but we both have to live (here) so at least there’s somebody else that gets it. My friends and family who know me get kind of all the stuff we’ve been talking about, about staying grounded and having a perspective, but not a lot of other people who are my peers feel that way, as you mentioned. Right? So to have a peer who is my partner, who does what I do and gets this world, this world that we live in but also gets the world inside ourselves? Oh my god. I couldn’t be happier.” - Hannah Hart