Safety is becoming an increasing concern in the YouTube community as creators become stars and the interactions between fans and celebs increases. Now with conventions and YouTuber tours as commonplace events, people with unhealthy attractions to their favorite YouTubers can find them that much easier.
But perhaps scariest of all is that most YouTubers don’t have the sort of income that allows them to live behind gated walls and security guards — they live in normal houses and normal suburbs where any dedicated person can track them down. And that’s becoming a problem.
There have always been stories of stalkers — type “stalker” into YouTube and you will find loads of stories, predominantly from female YouTubers, telling of creators having interactions with creeps.
But now the YouTubers are having to become more in-depth with their pleadings, taking to Twitter and Instagram to ask for privacy. It isn’t just the creeps and weirdos, they’re trying to escape from either — it’s also the well-meaning fans who just want to visit, drop off a gift, or tell the creators how much they mean to them.
Except that that’s not what your creators want. Ideally, fame is like a job. When you’re on, say at VidCon or out on tour, you’re accessible. You want people to come up and say hello (not during the show). But when you aren’t touring or out in public as a part of some public relations bit, you want to be treated like anyone else and left alone.
Alfie Deyes and Zoella have an even bigger problem: the shutterbugs are after them because they’ve managed to achieve that level of desirability in their native England. Likely paying the neighbors for access, the photogs and paparazzi are going into the neighbor’s yards to take photos of the famous duo while they eat dinner.
Everybody likes to complain that if they didn’t want to be harassed then they shouldn’t be famous. But of course that’s a ridiculous argument akin to victim shaming people who get raped — “if they didn’t want it, they shouldn’t have dressed like that.” It’s a pretty gross thought.
How about we all just leave the YouTubers alone when they aren’t out in public to be seen. You can still tell them they mean the world to you, just do it in the comments section under your favorite one of their videos.