Okay, first an overview of what was happening for anyone who doesn’t already know. VidCon’s happening right now, and today there was a panel for the YouTube documentary, Becoming Youtube. Obviously, Ben Cook, the web show’s host was there, and there were also such guests as Jack and Finn Harries (jacksgap), Tom Milsom (hexachordal), and Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs (OMFGItsJackAndDean). Lex Croucher (tyrannosauruslexxx) was there as well, specifically to represent the women who’ve participated in the documentary as well as the phenomenally large female audience who took offence at a BY episode, entitled Girls On Youtube (not going to go into everything that was wrong with that video right now). Now, no proper footage (as far as I know) of the panel as been released, so we can make no judgements about that yet. What I am going to talk about, however, is Ben Cook’s response to his critics on twitter.
Okay, so the drama started when Kayley Hyde (owlssayhoot), Lex’s long time close friend, tweeted how “patronizing and insulting” she found the panel. She also showed her support for Lex, calling her “a voice of reason among crippling sexism”. Now, Kayley is, obviously, a woman, and therefore you think she could speak up when she recognised sexism and be taken seriously, considering she has most likely been being undermined and oppressed by the patriarchy since birth. But that didn’t exactly work out for her, since Ben Cook, after reading the tweet, rather than actually considering her criticisms as valid, instead referred to her tweet “as blind and ignorant” in one of the single most passive aggressive tweets I’ve ever seen from a grown man.
Then, when she defended her ability to know when her gender was being patronised, he came out with this:
THERE IS SO MUCH TO BE SAID ABOUT THIS, but please read this first. All I’m gonna say is that Ben’s response of: WELL, COME DO A VIDEO WITH ME THEN! after saying that him NOT RAPING DEMONSTRATES WHAT AN ABOVE AND BEYOND GUY HE IS, just epitomizes so well his egotism and self-centered priorities. Yeah, the solution to people being legitimately hurt and offended by your actions is to piggyback off them (like you’ve already done with every other “internet famous” person you can get your grubby mitts on) to bring more attention to yourself. YOU DON’T MATTER BENJAMIN. YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT “PROMOTING DISCUSSION” OR HOWEVER YOU ATTEMPT TO VALIDATE IT TO YOURSELF. You just want attention, which is why I’m thinking your whole thing might be the ultimate troll because who says these kinds of things in all seriousness.
[insert gif of Heisenberg saying, “No, no, this whole thing - all of this - it’s all about me” which I’m not convinced even exists and I’m too lazy to make myself.]
I think it’s official. I think my hate for Benjamin Cook outshines my issues with vlogbros/nerdfighteria. Because there are actually legitimately serious issues going on here, rather than vaguely being irritated constantly by people who really don’t know better.
Who would’ve thought I’d ever be on Kayley’s side about anything, but here we are.