We won’t lie to you, dear readers of TenEighty, this week is BIGBOY WEEK.
We try really hard to be fair to all corners of our community but those pesky popular YouTubers just seemed to come out with some blinders.
Whether it’s a pop song educating us about consent or a powerful speech about choosing the right path in life, YouTube’s finest proved why they are just that this week. Let’s dive in.
Becca Hodgekins – How To Get A Boy To Like You!
Becca Hodgekins has shared her top tips on how to get a boy to like you, and we’d be lying if we said we hadn’t tried some of these before. Whether its physically throwing stuff at the guy you fancy, or preparing a litmus test to catch his sweat – these are the sort of tips that will not only get your beau’s attention but also define your relationship from the start.
Becca has a real awareness of herself and she’s not afraid to show it, but sometimes we worry it’s this same quality that might scare people off her. Either way, stick at it, because whether or not you take her advice she does makes some great and comical observations about boys.
Also, has anyone else noticed that when Chris Kendall ‘quits’ and then eventually ‘returns’ to YouTube so does Becca Hodgekins? Maybe there’s some connection here we’re missing.
Emma Blackery – You Are Not Your Parents
In a powerful speech, Emma Blackery attempts to bring hope to young people who may feel like they’re being forced into a career path they don’t want. Through pointing out the rising costs of housing, and comparing what people consider desirable jobs over the last 60 years, Emma highlights clear flaws in the education and job cycle that most of us embark on.
Her message shouldn’t dampen your outlook, but instead to inspire you to take control of your path. Whether you agree with what she has to say or not, you can respect her for opening up the discussion and being passionate about it.
Jack and Dean – Consent
Over the last year the YouTube community has been rocked with a series of sexual and emotional abuse allegations. As hard as these times have been, it has resulted in a heightened awareness about consent.
While most YouTubers – such as Charlie McDonnell or Lex Croucher – have faced the issue head-on with serious vlogs, Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs have found a way to keep it comical without belittling the issue at hand.
Consent somehow manages to be informative and amusing at the same time, through its use of clever lyrics and staying true to Jack and Dean’s sense of humour.
Felix Kjellberg – YouTube Culture?
Honestly, we were surprised to see PewDiePie – who is currently the most subscribed YouTuber in the world – join in on the YouTube fame culture debate, but we’re glad he has. It is great to hear his stance on the situation, and in many ways his outlook echoes those of Charlie McDonnell and Louise Glitter.
Felix emphasises that he is no better than anyone else, and that if he was to ever stop making YouTube videos it wouldn’t matter. He just wants everyone to consider him a bro. We’re excited to see where this conversation will go next, as each YouTuber seems to bring new observations to the table.
Tim Hautekiet – Bad Burglars
When TenEighty interviewed Tim Hautekiet in April, he talked about picking the right ideas at the right time. “Onwards and upwards, but not necessarily in scale,” he said. Bad Burglars is a perfect example of what he was talking about here, and it is executed beautifully. No massive production, like many of his other short films, just a strong simple concept with a solid script and outstanding acting.
The video depicts a pair of robbers who inadvertently crash a surprise birthday party whilst attempting to steal a TV. Everyone who has a line delivers it flawlessly, but it’s the comic timing of Hazel Hayes and Conor Jatter from The RH Experience that particularly stand out. Bravo everyone involved, bravo.
Need A Little Extra?
We’ve got it. Louise Glitter started her Seattle series this week, which tells the story of how she met one of her best friends through YouTube, documenting their time together in Seattle – plus how on first meeting they fell on the floor crying in the middle of the airport. Cute.
Bing shares an amusing childhood memory in which his babysitter stole money he’d been saving up to go to Legoland with.
And Hannah Witton wants to know what your kissing scale is. We got to second base with Hannah Witton one time, which on our kissing scale means dancing on top of tables in the middle of the Arndale Shopping Centre canteen singing Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield. True story.
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