Stalking content creators is something that really needs to be addressed after what happened last weekend with Jack and Finn’s room.
VidCon is an event that lets us get together with our friends and meet our favorite content creators, but there are boundaries people have to respect when meeting their favorite YouTubers. Sadly it seems like not everyone understands what those boundaries are.
I’m sure some of you have seen/reblogged the photographs of fans waiting outside Jack and Finn’s hotel room. If you didn’t notice what was wrong with that sentence let me word it more accurately. On one of the floors of the Hilton, fans of Jack and Finn were camping outside their hotel room.
This is totally unacceptable because it flies past excitment to meet creators and straight to stalking.
It’s really sad to see that a group of people think it’s a good idea to wait around a person’s hotel room. This kind of behavior isn’t “fangirling”. Fangirling means you get a feeling of overwhelming joy when you see someone you admire. Fangirling does not mean you camp out outside someone’s room; that is harassment. Personally I feel like we are dismissing harassment as “fangirling” when we see YouTubers being chased down or when people wait around outside their rooms.
Everyone should understand that what these people did is a reflection of us. A reflection of our community, and I don’t want VidCon to be viewed as a place where content creators are stalked. These people have already dedicated hours of their day meeting and handing out autographs for their fans. They deserve to have a place to go back to without being followed or finding people waiting for them without invitation. It isn’t fair for the YouTubers and it also isn’t fair for the guests who are staying near that room, some of whom are not attending the con and would not remotely understand the hype.
We as a community need to express that this kind of behavior is wrong and that it won’t be tolerated next year. I heard someone say that all the content creators should have their own floor with security at the elevators checking to make sure the guest(s) actually belongs there. Hopefully it doesn’t have to come to that next year.
What kind of consequences do you think VidCon should create for situations like this? I would like to see a discussion on this topic because if we don’t talk about this now it will happen next year.
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