I don’t know whether it’s my recent binge-watching of Black Mirror, or just general disdain for society as a whole, but lately i’ve been feeling a lot of negative emotions about “the middle class”. I’m not talking your regular, well off, working families; i have zero qualms with anybody doing well for themselves with good pure hard work (or luck for being born into it).
It’s more about those of “celebrity” status. Anybody who sells out, or refuses to give an opinion on topics that genuinely require debate. The people who only speak out about events that ALREADY have 99% of the public against it (i.e natural disasters, terrorism).
There’s a serious lack of “big” Youtubers who are willing to share their true thoughts. You know what i’d really love? I’d love Joe Sugg to come out and say he absolutely despises the Tories because they’re all self interested asswipes, or for Shay Carl to just be fucking honest about cheating on his missus and his alcoholism (and the fact that he’s into Scientology…biggest bunch of idiots in the 21st century).
I know you’re probably thinking “hey, Lora! That’s not fair! _______ always tells the brutal truth in their videos”.
I’m sure there are those who do, but that’s not the only thing that irritates me.
I’ve always said that were i to ever become suddenly a part of pop culture (i haven’t been popular since Year 5), i wouldn’t sell out. I wouldn’t become a mouthpiece of corporate businesses trying to sell tat to 14 year olds (well hopefully there aren’t any 14 year olds that read my blog anyway because i can be a little crass!).
I’d want my fans (aka my Mum and Tom) to trust me, to believe that i would tell as much truth as possible. That’s why i’m brutal on here at times. Don’t get me wrong, i don’t hate Youtube stars. I think it’s wonderful that people are able to make money from making their own content – it’s like the ability to be an actor without the stress or expense of acting school and auditions and rehearsals etc etc blah blah blah.
I love some Youtubers, hence why i’ve literally just made a list of my favourites!
But i know how impressionable i was at 12 or 13. I was confident as heck in my head, i think bordering on narcissistic. Despite this, i still cared about what particular people thought and were interested in, and whatever they had and liked, i wanted too. It’s natural, kids copy each other, adults, celebs, everyone!
This brings me to another thing that grinds my gears.
For some bizarre reason, certain “social media personalities” seem to have entered an alternative universe where teenagers have more than £10. Personally, i didn’t even have pocket money until i was 15 and i didn’t have a job until i was 17!
It’s wonderful that your business has worked and now you’ve got tons of spare dolla’, but spare a thought for your target audience. Remember that poverty still exists in the UK and that our government is cutting benefits as we speak. Some still struggle with unemployment, or minimum wage that barely gets them to the end of the month. Not everyone can afford £70 on Charlotte Tilbury moisturiser.
Also i don’t know who the HELL Charlotte Tilbury is or where she’s come from in the past couple of years, but why the fuck are her products so expensive??? I mean i thought Urban Decay was bad enough for charging me £28 just to not look like i’ve contracted chicken pox from Rudolph the Reindeer!
I hope she delivers it herself for that price!
Black Mirror is DEFINITELY contributing to this but whenever i see a Youtuber or Blogger or Instagrammer promoting some random-ass waist trainer or protein shake, i can’t help but wonder if there’s some huge conspiracy to feed us watered down, shitty content to keep our brains entertained but numb, all the while there’s something more sinister happening while our backs are turned.
Like “yo here’s a ‘top 10 greatest eyebrows of 2017’ don’t mind us we’re just gonna pass a law allowing us to spy on you lol brb.”
With Trump as president, it wouldn’t surprise me.