There is a now deleted vlog from Trisha Paytas that both Little Egg and I watched the day it came out, before it was taken down of course, and Trisha spoke a lot of truth in it. Of course, the truth of her words was glossed over because she has the reputation of being crazy, which is sad, because I think the one thing we really needed to do was listen to her.
For those of you that weren't actively following the drama, the gist of the video was that Trisha felt that David Dobrik was an awful person, but she had a very legitimate reason. For a long time David has been making jokes about a Trisha-Jason-Tana threesome, and Trisha had expressed multiple times, on and off camera, that the jokes made her uncomfortable. But the jokes were selling with his audience, they were giving him a minute of vlog content, and so he kept them in. Going off of this, Trisha said she wasn't the only one in the group that David does this to, there are multiple others who request jokes or bits to be taken out, only to find the video segments included in that week's vlog.
You may be asking, why the hell should we care? They're YouTubers, they should be used to having their privacy taken away, they signed up for it, and if it really bothered them, they could ask David to stop. But as consumers of these videos, it is our job to care, and its our job to advocate for the people who work hard for the content we like to watch, and its our job to keep them accountable.
Shane's series about Jake Paul started a lot of conversations both on and off the internet about if what Jake Paul does on his channel is okay. Its been a long trend in YouTube videos for people to do things that aren't necessarily okay, think Sam Pepper pinching girl's butts, and countless other YouTubers lowkey terrorizing the public while performing 'pranks' or other stunts. The Paul brothers are probably the most famous YouTubers who toe the line between what is okay in terms of shocking content, and what should never be filmed. Setting a mattress on fire in an empty pool? Dangerous, probably in hindsight not a good move, but appropriate YouTube content. Filming a dead body in a forest? Shocking, interesting, but absolutely not okay to put on the internet.
Some YouTubers are criticized more than others about their content, the Paul brothers of course being the prime example of this. But today I propose to you a new thought, we should be holding every YouTuber accountable for their questionable content, especially David Dobrik.
David physically hurts his friends in vlogs (they're all typically willing of course), performs dangerous stunts, and does a handful of things that could easily be mistaken for Jake Paul clickbait, and yet receives none of the backlash for putting his friends in danger. Why? Is it because he buys them cars once a month? Is it because he gives them thousands of dollars for doing it? Is it because its funny?
But the biggest problem with David isn't just his stunts, all of which are performed unprofessionally and in ways that cause people to actually get seriously injured, its what Trisha was talking about. David treats his friends poorly and doesn't respect their wishes for privacy, or listen to them when they genuinely have gotten their feelings hurt over content he puts in his vlogs. Here's a theory: David Dobrik exploits his friends for money and then buys them cars and gives them cash to keep up the facade that he actually cares.
Its a farfetched notion, and one most people wouldn't be inclined to believe because David is hilarious and loveable and just won a Kids Choice Award, but its an idea we should all consider. We shouldn't be mindless consumers, and if we're going to hold one YouTuber accountable for their questionable or maybe even just straight up shitty actions, we should be holding all YouTubers accountable. There is so much content available for us to watch on YouTube, some more interesting than others, and some that is produced more honestly than others. We should be paying more attention to our own morals as we watch YouTube videos, because that's how these people make their money. In the same way vegans don't want to give their money to industries they believe to be bad, unsafe, or immoral, we as consumers should not be giving our attention, and in turn our money, to people who may be engaging in shady practices or producing questionable video content.
If you got mad at Jake Paul for lighting things on fire, get mad at David for giving Zane a flamethrower while he was drunk. If you got mad at Jake for bullying Team 10 members and Alissa Violet, get mad at David for putting content in his vlog despite his friend's wishes that he take it out. Overall, hold YouTubers accountable for their actions, don't let the comedy of the situation override the fact that someone is being put down or put in danger. Consume your media with intention, and understand that behind every vlog and every prank there are real people with lives and feelings that exist beyond the scope of what the camera can capture.
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