Hollywood celebrities are often asked what they think of the Tabloids when they’re lied about, made fun of, or put down. They usually say that they either don’t pay any attention to them, they just ignore it and/or don’t care, or that sometimes it bothers them a bit, but they’ve learned to deal with it because it comes with the job.
Well, the tabloids have nothing on YouTube. I’d say I have a pretty even split between positive and negative comments on my videos. They always start positive because it’s my subscribers who see the videos first, but eventually the negative ones show up and the video gets found by others. And those negative comments often put anything the tabloids could ever say to shame.
I’ve been threatened to be beat up, raped, stabbed, and killed. I’ve been told that I don’t deserve to live, that I’m waisting my life, and that I’m ruining other people’s lives. I’ve been told that I’m a talentless fag who should get AIDS. I’m not making any of this up.
So naturally, I’m asked by a lot of people in my life how I deal with such extreme negativity. And I have to say, it really doesn’t bother me – for a few reasons.
Firstly, I’m happy to just be talked about. I’m trying to get exposure for myself and my first YouTube video was all about just getting people to comment on it, regardless of what they said. The more people who are commenting on your YouTube video, the higher it gets on the “Most Discussed” ranking, and therefor the more people who see it when browsing.
Secondly, I’m glad that I’m striking a cord with people. If I made videos and no one said anything I obviously wouldn’t be making much of an impact. The fact that I’m compelling people to take the time to share their views on me or what I’m saying/doing, means that they’re taking notice, and that’s what I want.
And thirdly, I believe extreme/unfounded negative comments speak more to the person who’s writing them than they do about me. Almost all of the time the people who’ve left the really mean comments don’t make videos themselves (or just have one or two home videos up), they have upset/defensive comments from other people on their profile which show they’ve been leaving mean comments elsewhere, and they’re usually kids.
And to be honest, I usually feel sorry for them. I have a great life and I’m a very happy person, so I can only imagine what they’re going through in their life and how they’re feeling if they choose to take it out on a stranger who’s trying to make them laugh with a free video on YouTube.
Here’s today’s vlog about this:
What do you think? Do negative comments ever bother you? Have they ever stopped you from doing anything… or creating more videos?
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