YouTube has always been a platform for those looking for a place to speak out, and our favourite creators have done so when things get tough.
From big issues to personal struggles, their honest videos attempt to tackle difficult subjects in a direct way, and we love it when our faves get honest and show us the more real sides of themselves. The YouTube community has gone through its ups and downs, and the discussion has always started with one of these videos, so get ready for some heart-to-heart chats with our Five of the Best: YouTubers Being Honest.
Let’s talk… YOUTUBE-MONEY, ZOELLA & PEOPLE CHANGING | Caspar
Recently, Caspar Lee spoke openly about his opinions on YouTubers and money. In this video, he shares with us his own journey within the community, and touches upon the Zoe Sugg advent calendar situation. According to Caspar, at the end of the day, YouTubers put a lot of effort into their content and create jobs with their success. He then asks his viewers, if given the same opportunities as their favourite creators, “Would you do the same?”
Point well made, Caspar!
Finishing with Sprinkle of Glitter | Sprinkleofglitter
If you’ve been on YouTube for a while, you’ll have probably seen a few rebrands. Few come as real as Louise Pentland‘s farewell to her “Sprinkle of Glitter” branding.
In her videos, she talks about having outgrown her old self and needing to be true to herself. Despite it being a risky move, Louise encourages her audience to leave if they’re not ready for the change, something we’re sure would be scary for any YouTuber to do. She explains she was young when she started her channel and that her current self no longer feels aligned with what she was interested in back then.
Since the rebrand, Louise has spent her time on YouTube discussing her dating life and motherhood, and has shared many hilarious (and embarrassing) stories! We love the new Louise even more!
Why I’ve Stopped Uploading Videos. | Just Marcus
Marcus Butler can talk straight when it’s needed, and in this video he opens up about why he lost the motivation to upload on his second channel. He tackles the difficult relationship between integrity and content, saying he felt obliged to make a particular kind of video regularly and that it was starting to really make him unhappy.
At the end of the day, he now feels freer, and the decision has allowed him to focus on the other projects he currently has going on.
Speaking out about racism – A Year On | Scola Dondo
After Scola Dondo‘s eye-opening video about the 2016 Stand Up To Cancer campaign, she made a follow-up talking about racism on YouTube. She discusses the pressure that people of colour can feel from their families to follow a more traditional career path, and states that racism is still an issue on YouTube, bringing up the separation she’s noticed when socialising at events.
She ends the videos with a call to action. “There is so much more we need to do,” she states, noting that everyone can stay informed on issues and amplify the voices of people of colour.
Hi, I’m Lucy | Lucy Moon
It takes a lot of courage to open up about personal issues on YouTube, and Lucy Moon does it carefully here, talking about her issues with alcohol. She shares the difficulties she’s had in the past with stopping drinking, memory loss, and becoming someone she doesn’t like. Lucy compares alcoholism to a mental illness, because “you can’t relate to it unless you have it”. She concludes by saying she’s been sober for seven days at the time of posting and intends to continue to be so while she reflects on this issue.
Lucy’s strong resolution to help herself is so inspiring!
So there you have it…
Five of the Best: YouTubers Being Honest. From the relationship between being a YouTuber and making a profit to tough topics like racism, these brutally honest videos come in all shapes and sizes. We hope they’ve left you feeling touched and empowered – YouTube truly is a platform to speak out!
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