Saturday, August 31, 2019

✮✮✮THINGS YOUTUBERS SAY/DO/DON'T DO THAT ANNOY ME✮✮✮PART TWO



USING THE WORD "O.G."

Borrowed from www.dailydot.com Website

In case you didn't know: "According to Urban Dictionary’s most popular definition, OG is a simple abbreviation that “used to mean Original Gangster.” It has since been further co-opted to mean simply “original.” "Rapper Ice-T definitely didn’t invent the terminology for OG, but he might be the first person you reference."

"In mainstream culture, calling something or someone OG or O.G. dates back to the early ’90s. Ice-T released his fourth studio album, O.G. Original Gangster in 1991. The album peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200 chart and is Ice-T’s most successful record to date." The acronym O.G. also denotes a relationship to the O.G. Kush strain. 

So, either you need to stop using the word because it perpetuates the gangster lifestyle and/or demonstrates the acceptance of using Marijuana and further idealizes drug culture or you find another adjective to describe a product. May I suggest, Old School. Words have meaning. Be aware of what you are saying and what ideals and values you are exemplifying by using certain phrases and words.

USING THE PHRASE "RIDE OR DIE"

Borrowed from www.joinonelove.com Website

"Most of us are familiar with the term “ride or die,” but have no idea where the term comes from or how it gained mainstream appeal."


"Inspired by the Bonnie and Clyde mythologies, the term “ride or die” was popularized in hip-hop music during the 90s and early 2000s with songs like “Ryde or Die Chick” by the Lox featuring, Drag-On and Eve, “Down A** Chick” by Ja-Rule featuring Charlie Baltimore and “Bonnie and Clyde” by Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé. Ride or die is a term used to describe a person (usually a woman) that is willing to do anything for their partner, friend, or family, even in the face of danger. A ride or die is often praised for their fierce loyalty and commitment to their partner but ride or die relationships are all too often code for unhealthy relationships."

Again, these YouTubers are on a platform which millions of impressionable minds tune into. It might be wise to know what the hell you are saying means and the deeper value in your words.

USING THE PHRASE "HOLY GRAIL"

Borrowed from www.merriam-webster.com Website

(in medieval legend) the cup or platter used by Jesus at the Last Supper, and in which Joseph of Arimathea received Christ's blood at the Cross. Quests for it undertaken by medieval knights are described in versions of the Arthurian legends written from the early 13th century onward.

Maybe I am being a little overly conservative, but I find it a little backward to refer to a makeup item as a "holy grail" item as it seems as though you are comparing your favorite foundation to the cup used by Jesus at the iconic Last Supper. Seems a little bit of a misalignment in comparison.

DOING GIVEAWAYS WITH PRODUCTS THEY DON'T WANT!!

Hi, I am a YouTuber who receives PR and when I don't want a product because it sucks, I do a giveaway. What the hell is that about? I don't want your leftovers. I don't want the products that you hate. I want the products you recommend and love. Giveaways are supposed to be a way of showing appreciation for your viewers, it's not a way to dump the products you decided were not worthy of a spot in your collection.

OVERUSING THE WORD OBSESSED

I am going to hand out a Thesaurus to the YouTube community. I know for a fact that there are only so many words you can you use to describe eyeshadow palettes for example. There's a bit of difficulty finding creative words other than pigmented and swatches and color story, but I also know for a fact there's a crap ton of synonyms for the word "obsessed". Find another word. Be original.

WHAT DOES INSPIRED MEAN TO YOU?

You know what's inspiring? The miracle of a man walking with artificial limbs or the story of how a young woman beat breast cancer. THAT is inspiring. Stop taking meaningful words and applying it to makeup. It's insulting.

FEELING ASHAMED FOR HAVING UNUSED PRODUCTS/RECEIVING PR/BEING A COLLECTOR

I get there is a trend to work towards minimalism. I am not necessarily against the concept. I don't think minimalism is unhealthy or bad. I do think that shaming someone for how they choose to spend the money that they earn on what they what and how they utilize their collection is none of anyone's damn business. Since when does someone have a say in how I manage my collection. I don't shame you for your ideas and concepts on spending, so why don't you stay in your lane and mind your business.

GUESSING AT THE PRICE OF PRODUCTS

If YouTube is your JOB, then you should take it seriously. If you are talking about a product, certain things that are important, like price and availability should be something you know!!! If YouTube is your career, then treat it as such and provide accurate information. Know what you are talking about and have your information and facts straight. If you want to be a reliable source of information and earn the respect of your audience and peers, then stop half-assing your "job" and treat this "career" as though you have deadlines to keep and product information to share that must be accurate.

MAKING RIDICULOUS EXCUSES ABOUT THE PURCHASE AND USE OF L.E. PRODUCTS

What the hell is the big deal about Limited Edition products? I completely appreciate a channel that buys L.E. products and isn't always thinking about views and access. Maybe your viewers could dupe an L.E product by using something they already have in their collection. Why not make a comparison and show viewers how to get the same look with something that is a permanent item?

ONLY MENTIONING SECONDARY MARKETS WHEN SELLING THEIR MAKEUP

"You can't get this anymore, because it's discontinued." Bull....Ever heard of Mercari or Poshmark or Facebook Groups....You sure have because they only time you mention secondary markets is when YOU are SELLING your own makeup. SHADY.

ASKING FOR COMMENTS TO INCREASE ENGAGEMENT

A lot of subscribers aren't hip to how YouTubers increase engagement. You know how at the end of a video, a YouTuber will say, "Leave a comment with your favorite ...." That's a way of increasing engagement. You can tell who actually cares about what their subs have to say because they actually REPLY to comment instead of just liking them or completely ignoring comments. I'm onto you guys. You should just stop....

PROMOTING PRODUCTS THAT ARE NOT BEAUTY RELATED

If you are a beauty channel, then why the hell am I watching a promo for a food delivery service. I do not see the correlation. I am here for the makeup, not this ancillary bullshit. I find it especially irritating when you don't mention that the video is sponsored until halfway through your spiel. 

WHEN VIDEOS BECOME OVERLY EDITED OR LOOK TOO PROFESSIONAL

For example, Jaclyn Hill. Part of these appeal of YouTube is that the audience finds the creator relatable. Over editing and commercial like videos sets a standard of separation between the audience and the creator making the creator seem unreachable and somewhat better than the viewer. 

USING ANTI CONSUMERISM TO SHAME PEOPLE WITH LARGE COLLECTIONS

I've made our super clear that I myself am not a minimalist.  I don't take issue with those who choose to live their life in that manner as long ad the approach is healthy and the knowledge base is informed. However,  I have a huge problem with shaming others who approach their spending habits with a capitalist concept. No one should have authority over someone else's life as long as it does not negatively impact the person or others in a way that causes dysfunction or significant unhealthy behaviors.

USING WORDS LIKE "WASTEFUL", "EXCESSIVE", "UNNECESSARY"

A further extension of shaming another`s spending habits is using the words highlighted above. If though use these words you should.... see below. 

NOT USING "I" STATEMENTS WHEN REFERRING TO ABOVE WORDS

If you choose to use the above words or phrase, make sure you'd address using I statements. 

PROMOTING "CANCEL CULTURE"

Promoting cancel culture indicates that a person/company cannot change and is not inherently good within and is capable of reflection, and self inventory.  I personally don't allow companies or their backwards thinking owners to dictate my purchase habits. I have e all of Jeffree Star's palettes and I find him particularly foul & distasteful.

APOLOGIZING FOR?

Stop apologizing for being human. Having bad nails, being sick, not uploading on time, wearing mismatched clothes, having messy hair. 

ASKING PEOPLE TO SUBSCRIBE & LIKE BEFORE WATCHING THE VIDEO

Wait a minute...you want to to SUBSCRIBE & LIKE the video before you even do anything? Um, no! You have to do something worthy of winding up in my subscription feed, ok? I don't owe you anything.

REFERRING TO VIDEOS THAT YOU CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT THE TOPIC WAS 

Please stop referring to videos you may/may have not done and providing inaccurate information. You honestly cannot remember if you review a product? Or if you tried it? Or if you liked it? How am I supposed to rely on you for reputable information if you cannot even remember your experience with a product.

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