And the 12 points from the UK go to…
If Twitter is anything to go by, this past weekend was like the Super Bowl for many across Europe. Yes, that’s right, it was the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest! The UK’s entry, SuRie, had to deal with a stage invader getting in the way of her performance, but thankfully she managed to keep her cool and impress many. She was easily better than the majority of acts taking part, but politics will always loom largely in the points. (Moldova, we’re looking at you!)
Graham Norton is always the shining light of the whole show, with quips galore about interesting costume choices, facial hair arrangements, and much more. Daniel J. Layton has put his name forward to take over once Graham decides to step aside. We don’t know about you, but we’d love to see that!
Anyway, on with this week’s Round-Up!
Should We Ship Kids? | Shipping Ethics | AMillionMadMusings
Gemma Dunnell is back with a bunch of musings about the topic of fanfiction, and whether it’s okay to ship younger characters, bringing up examples like Eleven and Mike from Stranger Things. You might be thinking, “But why is that a problem? It’s a mainstream show that approaches a burgeoning early-teens relationship in a way that is tasteful and only hinted at.” But fanfiction has the ability to take it to places that would not be suitable, appropriate, legal, etc.
Gemma talks about the ethics of exploring subjects like this, and does so in a wonderful way. We go to her channel for interesting, engaging content that tackles things in new ways, and we’re never disappointed.
WWII | Makes Me ANGRY!!! | Completed It Mate
World War Two makes us angry too!!! Damn you, Hitler! Ohhhhhh, apparently James Buckley means the newest Call of Duty game, which is named World War II, and is featured in his new video. Well, our sentiments still stand.
The newest instalment of the award-winning, record-breaking Call of Duty franchise is set against the backdrop of the biggest war in history (another sequel that was worse than the original). The campaign mode is a staggering feat of storytelling, culminating in a sequence that will leave you reeling for hours afterwards. However, that is a finite thing. In other words, “Story Mode? Completed it, mate.”
There are a lot of kills in James’s video, but you’ll have to watch to find out who does the killing. And there are some textbook James Buckley reactions, too.
TOKYO HAUL! | Niomi Smart
Japan always looks so fascinating, and it’s on our bucket list to visit it one day. However, while we wait, we’ll have to be content with watching Japan-related travel vlogs and haul videos from our fave creators.
Recently, Niomi Smart travelled to Japan for a work trip, and she brought back a whole bunch of things with her! There is such a variety of items in this video, with different smells and different textures. We’re very jealous of her trip – save us a seat on the plane next time, Niomi!
The Pageant Bug – Documentary | DreamOnMaddie
Pageants have come in for their fair share of criticism over the years, but Madeleine Drury is using her platform to shine a light on a different narrative. In this video, she focusses on a young woman called Madison, who’s not your stereotypical idea of a pageant contestant – she’s currently in the middle of a Theology degree at Durham University!
Pageants are not all they appear to be…
REACTING TO DEMI & KEHLANI, WAYHAUGHT, CHONI, HAYLEY KIYOKO AND ALLY & AMY | Rose Ellen Dix
In this video, Rose Dix and Rosie Spaughton react to “a LOT of gay shit”. It’s a fandom buffet with Wayhaught, Choni, Demi, and Kehlani all getting their moment in the sun. If you don’t understand anything we just said, then let this video be a teaching tool for you.
Rose and Rosie bring their funny to this one in spades, and it’s a goddamn hoot for all. Is it okay for us to request videos? Because we’d love to see more like this one, please! Come on, people, give them more things to react to!
Want more? We’re happy to oblige…
Summertime is rapidly approaching, which means it’s time to buy bathing suits. All the big places do their own variations on the classics, and Alice Thorpe has been preparing by buying some options from ASOS, which she was kind enough to share with us in video form.
Jake Edwards talks us through their favourite bi characters on TV. This is not a straightforward “I like these people” sort of video – Jake goes deeper, exploring the characters in relation to bisexuality in the wider world.
We all love Disney, and one of their all-time classics is The Little Mermaid. Ariel has an iconic look which Sophie Foster replicates in her new video with her take on the red locks and lips, showing us how to do it step by step.
Emi Salida is joined by Greg Morrison and Emma Popcorn to talk about about all sorts of things, from how they all met to their sexualities. It’s the sort of video fans will love, but also the perfect introduction for new viewers.