‘It’s been a busy week for YouTubers,’ said someone who knows their stuff on YouTubers.
Between Zoe Sugg popping off to the land of TV to take part in The Great British Bake Off for Comic Relief (full recap here, as well as TenEighty’s spin-off 13 TV Shows That Need YouTubers On Them), and now Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg announcing their parts in the new SpongeBob SquarePants feature film, we kinda needed some reassurance that at least some YouTubers are gonna stick around.
Thankfully, we’ve still managed to find a few gems for this week’s Round-Up. Phew.
Why Civil Liberties Are Important – Myles Dyer
Myles Dyer likes to ask awkward questions, especially to politicians. Give that man a medal. End.
OK, so there is a bit more to this video. Reflecting on the brilliant Leaders Live debates organised the equally brilliant Bite The Ballot team (check out our recaps of each night here), Myles explains his reasoning behind asking the party leaders about civil liberties and why he thinks it’s such an important issue.
Not sure what civil liberties are? Tbh, neither were we (which is fine because Myles set us straight in the video). Civil liberties are guarantees given to individuals in society, which can’t be taken away and include things like privacy, freedom of expression and the right to not be tortured. You know, the things we all probably don’t even think about. Myles then continues to explain that a lot of the issues we do think about – when talking about politics – are actually based on civil liberties. Forget school*, YouTube is the place to get yo’self educated.
The Skin That Burns | Short Film Trailer – radwolves
The new trailer from Jake Dunn is very red BECAUSE ANGER, PASSION, LOVE, ANGST AND OTHER THINGS THAT ARE RED.
The Skin That Burns will be released on 1 March and we’re excited to see some UK film-making talent appear on the scene. Well, reappear, because he’s been doing the film thing for quite a while now it seems (full back-catalogue here.)
Whose skin will be burning? We have no clue yet, but the whole thing looks pretty interesting and is set to explore the breakdown of a marriage with the subsequent repercussions. Also, the trailer has a beastly soundtrack from Tom Rosenthal. (Beastly is a good thing, right?)
I’m Giving Up – Daniel J. Layton
In this heartfelt and tender video, Daniel J. Layton says goodbye to the world of YouTube and his loyal subscribers – pastures new and all of that malarkey.
Not really, put the tissues away. The brief clickbait case study aside, Daniel explores Lent by reflecting on his previous experiences of giving up drugs such as Mars Bars, before the big reveal of what he’s avoiding this year. Don’t worry, we won’t spoil it for you, but there is mention of inner strength and cake. A dangerous combination.
50 SHADES OF YAY – Jimmy0010
As we predicted last week, the Fifty Shades Of Grey buzz has already died down (and let’s also remember that gigantic debut-weekend box office sales does not mean a film is actually decent). Who better to deconstruct excerpts from the book itself than the BDSM master himself, James Hill?
Sarcasm. It… it was sarcasm, people.
We can make that joke because, as is revealed, Jimmy doesn’t really seem to be on board with the whole pain-equals-pleasure thing. The video spirals from the moment the word ‘erection’ escapes his lips, and plunges into the kind of territory that means you choose to watch this in a room without other family members present. Sex toys, inescapable sleeping bags and hummus are all mentioned, in various combinations.
In other news: eyebrow game strong, Jim.
I Don’t Care – awkwardpufferfish
Aisling Mac doesn’t give a damn.
But she wants to.
Every YouTuber seems to go through a bit of a crisis point, either about their content, their role within the community or why on earth they’re doing what they do. Aisling has managed to convey her exact issues articulately, with the evidence of several failed vlogging attempts to prove it.
She’s brilliant. The video’s brilliant. Everything’s brilliant. It’s lovely to be reminded that, guess what?! Your channel is for whatever content you wish to put on it. She speaks from the perspective of someone who’s been on the YouTube scene for a while, grown up with it but has also held on to what made it so special for her in the first place. Gold star for her.
More, more, more! (Was that a Rachel Stevens song?!)
Lou Foulkes is back with a cover of FourFiveSeconds (by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney). Think of him as the Northern Riri. All of the style, attitude and charisma of the Barbadian Queen, but with a fierce up-do and the entire Harry Potter series behind him. Stay alert at the end for the wink.
BriBry and Candice are at it again, being all coupley and great about all things gender. Together they talk about the difference between sex and gender, the roles within their own relationship and when and where they feel most comfortable. All of the heart emojis.
Remember Windows 98? Remember dial-up tones? If you were born in the 90s you probably do! This week, TenEighty’s very own Style Slice columnist Amy Pocock theorised over what YouTube would be like if it was around during the dial-up decade.
The wait is nearly over: Phillip Human is only a couple of weeks away. Having teamed up with Wildseed, Paul Neafcy has been working on a new series for YouTube that will premiere on 10 March. We’re well excited, and you should be, too. Go check out the trailer and an extra bit about him talking about the show.