#teaminternet youtuber TYLER OAKLEY

As the hashtag was coined by the queen himself, I though why not start with the self promotion genius that is Tyler Oakley. I’m gonna assume that as you’re reading this post, you’re one of 3 people: a. You’re a loyal subject who has watched every video, RTed every tweet and donated so much money and time to his causes. YOU LOVE HIM and are happy you at least breathe the same air no matter how much long that air may have traveled. b. You’ve heard of him, not really seen any of his videos or just a few of them. c. Who the hell is Tyler Oakley? (You’re missing out!)

As you may have already guessed, I’m a proud A. I adore Tyler, what he stands for and how he delivers it.

I’m aware that there’s haters out there, as there is for everyone. Thus making the 4th kind of person. If you’re one of them, you can either find another entry that’s more suited for you to read because there’s no way I’m slamming my queen (loyalty counts for something) or you can read on and find out more of the greatness that is this cotton-candy-colored-hair human being. You never know, you just might like him after this. *wink*

IF YOU FEEL LIKE A LOSER

THE ‘BOYFRIEND’ TAG

Tyler Oakley Interviews Michelle Obama

After all those videos, I think Tyler’s happy disposition and no nonsense stance on issues he feels strongly about is more than enough to give you a glimpse into his character and his usual vlogs. If it’s not, then here’s a run down. He’s a twenty something youtuber with videos that range from self image pep talk, coming out tips, thoughts on books and movies to opening fan mail and answering silly questions from devoted (slightly stalkerish- *coughs*ME) fans. Although he’s well known for his humor, fashion and pastel hair, he supports very serious campaigns like the Trevor Project, a group that focuses on suicide prevention among LGBT since 1998. Last year Tyler wanted to raise a hundred thousand dollars for them and ended up with half a million. Now that’s an achievement, proving that good people come in all forms and packages- sometimes REALLY colorful packages.

I’ll end this entry with Tyler’s 2014 round up and with my fingers crossed that you loved his videos as much I do. If you do, subscribe to his channel linked below and find time to support his campaign to raise half a million dollars for his birthday this month, again for Trevor Project.

LINKS

Tyler’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/tyleroakley

To chip in with your donation to Trevor: http://prizeo.com/tyler

 

 

 

on Elliot Rodger

I had a different entry prepped for today but as I was browsing through my news feeds, I read about Elliot Rodger and I couldn’t help but talk about it.

photo screenshot from one of Elliot’s videos

On April 23rd Elliot stabbed 3 of his flat mates, shot 2 people dead and left a couple more injured after posting a series of disturbing videos on Youtube. (I’ll put the videos or their links below for you guys.) According to his family he was disturbed and acting differently for awhile, this was confirmed by Santa Barbara Sheriff Department as some of their deputies had several  interactions with him including a welfare check leading up to the shooting.

Ultimately, he ended crashing his BMW where he was found with one gunshot wound to the head. The conclusion to his promise of retribution in a Youtube video upload made a day before the intended shooting was grim, all those rants of loneliness and not fitting in finally catching up to him.

Looking at how he set up that day, it was definitely pre-determined. Acquiring the gun, taking down his videos then reuploading them, making a particular video indicating his worries and the reason for the actual rampage- making women pay for his misery, that took some deliberating before he actually went with it.

What puzzles me however is the casual manner by which he approached the massacre.  He stabbed his flatmates, people he probably knew for the 2 years he was in college. Then he grabbed his gun, shot 3 people 2 in front of a sorority house in his campus (even knocked on the door but settled for shooting the ones outside), one outside a deli with obvious eye witnesses and CCTVs and proceeded to shoot random pedestrian as he drove on in his BMW.

People could easily say he’s a sociopath or his morals are questionable or he’s a disturbed young kid but then how do you address that. Do you toughen Gun Laws, lessen violence in video games, disallow Youtube rants or whatever else everyone thinks is to blame? To be honest, this is highly reminiscent of the Virginia Tech and Berkley and many other shooting sprees where a normally okay individual snaps and starts shooting or stabbing people to death. I mean, do they even really snap or were they always that way, we just failed to notice?

If we blame the circumstance or the environment of the shooter then haven’t we done enough tweaking since the Columbine shooting? What else should we change? If we blame the shooter, shouldn’t we ask how he came to be a maniac shooting random (or not so random) civilians? Was it the peers, his school or other people around him? How do we fix that? Was he born that way? Are people with tendencies of being morally less adaptable safe to integrate in the society?

There are so many questions swimming in my head since I read a couple of articles on him. This particular topic is one of those which I find difficult to let go for some reason. I first encountered it in depth as a motion for a debate in the uni  and since then I’ve done a couple papers and bought books about similar situations where people go on a relatively unexplainable rampage. It’s difficult to delve deeper into it because most of these shooters either kill themselves or are shot by police officers in pursuit so we’ll rely on their videos and stories from people they knew to piece the puzzle together.

I’ll end this now relatively long entry with a question: do you think we have learned from the Columbine?

 

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-I just need to add that Elliot’s Manifesto for an anti-women group gave me chills, not in a good way.

–As promised, here’s the link to Elliots channel on youtube which is still up by the way.

https://www.youtube.com/user/ElliotRodger/videos