The YouTube Honesty Hour panel was held on Sunday on the main stage. It was hosted by Liam Dryden, and featured Tom Ridgewell, Jamie Jo, Gabbie Hanna, Alex Wassabi, Aaron Burriss and Kyle Hatch.
This panel was highly anticipated, as we all wanted to find out some truths about YouTube. It gave the YouTubers a chance to speak more candidly about the industry, as well as to answer any of our burning YouTube-related questions. As the panel went on, we learnt a considerable amount of info about what life is like as a YouTuber. If you didn’t manage to catch the panel, here are our fave shadiest moments from the YouTube honesty hour panel.
The panel began by Liam asking the panellists if they thought it was getting harder to know everyone in the YouTube community. Everyone seemed to agree that it’s become really difficult to know who everyone is, especially at conventions.
“I gave up,” Alex said when responding to Liam’s question. He then told us his “technique” for finding out who people are. He says that the way to do it is to introduce a friend; this way everyone introduces themselves and all the mysteries are solved. So if Alex ever introduces a friend to us, we’ll know he has absolutely no clue who we are.
Liam stated that now it doesn’t matter who creators are, people might not even know their name and will still request a photo as long as they were wearing a creator pass. Tom agreed, saying that he doesn’t even wear his name tag anymore.
Alex vented his frustration at larger YouTubers who seem to copy smaller YouTubers’ ideas and get away with it. However, Liam mentioned that he’s witnessed an occasion where a smaller YouTuber has attempted to copy a really popular video idea and it backfired completely and flopped.
One of our favourite questions was “what was the most awkward fan encounter you’ve ever had?” We loved Jamie‘s response. She told the audience that once she was at a convention and a man approached her. He used a pair of scissors to cut off a piece of her hair. Sniffed it. Then ran off. That’s actually crazy! We can’t believe it seriously happened.
There was a discussion about relationships on YouTube. “I like it”, Alex said. He’s well known for his online relationship with Lauren Riihimaki, so he had things to say on the matter. Alex told the audience that his relationship with Lauren isn’t fake and that making videos with her kind of just “became a thing”. Tom said that “once the audience are in on the relationship, they’re the third wheel”. He also mentioned that audiences need to appreciate what they’ve been given, which we think is very true.
Another question that was asked was “if you could ‘fix’ one thing about YouTube, what would it be?” Jamie said that she would change how the trending page works and that the option to “un-trend yourself” would be appreciated.
There was a brief discussion about YouTubers who base their channel around insulting others. There was a joint agreement that building a channel on hate isn’t very successful. Tom said that YouTubers who hate on others will only end up being hated on themselves.
We enjoyed this panel, but after all that shade, we’re gonna go get some sunlight.
Photos by Anna Holling.
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