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fuckyeahfemaleyoutubers:

Earlier today Laura Chernikoff made this tweet

Which prompted this conversation

And that got me interested in working out what the demographics have been for the Special Guests (as listed on their websites) of the past four major YouTube events. I feel like we’re all generally aware that women and people of color are underrepresented at these things, but when you look at the numbers it becomes embarrassingly clear how ridiculous this disparity is.

The highest percentage of female Special Guests at any of these events was 32% at Summer in the City. LESS THAN 1/3. 

The highest percentage of Special Guests of color* at any of these events is 16% at the current Buffer Festival. LESS THAN 1/6. (And SitC only had ONE PoC on their Special Guest list this year, which is fucking absurd.)

I don’t want to rant about this too much, I just sort of want to make these numbers known because I find them maddening. And if you guys do too, I encourage you to message the organizers of these events, let them know your thoughts, and maybe recommend them some of the incredible prominent women and PoC we have in this community. 

  • Playlist Live: http://www.playlist-live.com/contact/
  • VidCon: info@vidcon.com
  • Summer in the City: support@sitc-event.co.uk
  • Buffer Festival: support@bufferfestival.com (Corey contacted me not too long ago about female representation at Buffer and I gave him a ton of names, but I don’t know if he had time to take any of those suggestions on board in time for the event. Hopefully it’s something he and the team are genuinely serious about and that next year will be better on that).

C’mon YouTube events. I love you, but you seriously need to get your shit together.

*Note that my count is based primarily on looks and the people whose races I know for sure. If I made a mistake and missed anyone who’s white passing, let me know.

The problem isn’t with YouTube events, the majority of popular content creators happen to be white males. Would it be fair to limit the white men at events like these and make more room for PoC or women just so there were equal amounts? I don’t think so. The problem is YouTube itself, or more specifically the community of YouTube, why more people don’t watch women or PoC on YouTube is beyond me, but YouTube events shouldn’t have to dig up YouTubers that people don’t really know or care about just so there’s equal representation. It’d be like having a hip hop convention and worrying about making sure there were as many white dudes as black dudes even though 99% of popular rappers are not white. Posts like this always bother me because people see unequal representation and instantly want to blame the events as if its THEIR fault, like, watch more females on YouTube, watch more people of color, once there is equal representation between gender and races on YouTube, you’ll see equal representation at these events.

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