It just occurred to me that my blog post criticizing JennaMarbles’ fat-shaming may be an example of the general ease with which we criticize women and their choices as opposed to how we tread carefully around men and their work (I don’t know for sure if this phenomenon is true, but I suspect it is and want to discuss it just in case).
I’m certain that other YouTubers – specifically, male YouTubers – make super offensive comments as well, that can be sexist, racist, homophobic, trans*phobic, ableist, etc. But to be completely honest, the only male YouTubers I watch are Jimmy Kimmel and Gregory Gorgeous (although Gregory’s masculinity is very different from Jimmy’s guy-next-door ‘boy’-ishness). Neither of them, as far as I know, have made really sexist or fat-shaming or otherwise oppressive comments. Jimmy Kimmel occasionally makes the “haha, you’re a foreigner” comment to guests who aren’t from the United States, but nothing to really warrant a blog post. Gregory is just all-around fierce and has even addressed size-issues in some of his videos.
If I ever subscribe to, like, Smosh or RayWilliamJohnson and they make an “edgy, un-PC” joke that is actually just reactionary and offensive, I’ll write about it.