Hi, mainstream media. Can we all stop with the Zoella-bashing please?



Last week was big for the YouTube world. Jim Chapman hosted a BBC3 documentary about the ‘rise of the superstar vloggers*’ and Zoella – possibly one of the most recognisable faces of UK vlogging – hit 10 million subscribers, a fact that did not go unnoticed by the mainstream media.

It was disappointing to read one of my favourite media commentators, Roy Greenslade, speak so disparagingly about the young content creators who are changing the rules of the entertainment industry and building careers by being approachable, savvy and incredibly determined.

The first sign in the Evening Standard piece that Mr Greenslade really knew very little about the world he was criticising was when he selected a Zoella make-up tutorial to cynically break down into derogatory soundbites. (more…)

When will male comedians realise that misogyny is neither funny nor acceptable

We_Can_Do_It!Last month, whilst on a little city-break to Dublin (which, by the way, is an awesome city) I found myself in the dream situation for a cash-strapped creative type in one of the most anecdotally expensive cities in Europe: I was standing before a sign advertising free comedy.

The venue in question is the basement of a pub called The Stag’s Head in the bustling Temple Bar area. They host Comedy Crunch every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday – it’s always free and they even give you a complimentary ice cream, which is great. But even a truck load of Lyle’s syrup wouldn’t have been sweet enough to assuage the sour taste left in my mouth after enduring 20 minutes of misogynistic bile spouted by the headlining so-called “comedian”. (more…)

Breaking news: Man is attracted to woman for more than her physical appearance 2015-05-27 13-15-54

‘Forget boobs and long legs,’ says the Telegraph. ‘What men really look for in women’. It’s sadly unsurprising to me that the paper appears to be staffed by journalists who hitherto were of the opinion that “boobs and long legs” was all any man cared about when looking for any form of female partner. (more…)