Youtuber “Kalel Kitten” finds out what its like to be caught up in controversy!

Kalel Kitten, or Kristen Smith to call her by her birth name, recently posted the following on her Twitter in regards to the tragic murder of Cecil the lion:

still struggling to understand how so many are sad over the murder of a lion when they themselves contribute to animal murder on the daily

and she then followed it up with:

what makes it okay to kill one animal but not another? really think about that one.

She received a plethora of responses outlining the invalidity of her argument including; “Vegan diets are expensive and not everyone can afford that lifestyle”, “lions are an endangered species”, “Cecil was in a wildlife reserve”, and “We aren’t lesser human beings purely because we eat meat”.

Most noticeably, Kalel recieved various valid opinions and expressions of fact from a handful of individuals (names withheld for privacy purposes). A review of each of these peoples’ twitter accounts, my own included, shows that they are all teenagers, all being approximately sixteen years old. Kalel responded to our valid and civil points by calling us all ignorant and saying that we should be ashamed of themselves, because we are “murderers”. She even went as far as tweeting directly at me (@eoinobrien_) with a picture of a quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer that read, “The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something you know nothing about yet refuse to investigate”. I then responded with various points about how Kalel is tearing down the teenagers who idolise her, pointing out that responses of these type are what lead to low self-esteem, depression and suicide. I said:

It felt like being stabbed. A women I idolised tore me down with one tweet. And every person who retweeted or favourited her tweet just twisted the knife the she had stabbed me with.

I later posted three screenshots outlining an apology for anything that I said in the heat of the moment but that I refuses to feel bad for eating meat. Despite the attention that the tweet got, including retweets and favourites that would all notify Kalel, the YouTuber refused to accept the olive branch that has been offered.

So if you’re to take something away from this, remember that when you have someone who looks up to you, the worst thing imaginable is to tear them down because they will either never recover or they will rise from the ashes and they will be strong enough to take you down.

 

Eoin O’Brien, Contributing Writer

Vid Con 2015: Art of Vlogging Panel

Jesse and Jeana of Prankvsprank and BFvsGF, Justine Ezarik (iJustine), Shay Carl (SHAYTARDS) and Charles Trippy (CTFxC) all united on the Entertainment Weekly & People Interview Stage for the Art of Vlogging panel, yesterday afternoon.

On the panel, they discussed what motivates them to create and how they interact with an audience through online video. They talked about how vlogging has changed them and how their techniques have changed over the years.

Vlogging is an extremely popular niche on YouTube, and the panel’s turnout showed how interested people were to learn more about the medium.

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Paul McLauchlan   Editor-in-Chief

Vid Con 2015: Troye Sivan Announces Album ‘Wild’

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After months of waiting, fans of Troye Sivan were finally happy when the Australian announced his debut album ‘Wild’.

“WILD” is an opening instalment, a 6 song keyhole to introduce you guys to all of the music i’ve got coming in 2015. I couldn’t be prouder, and can’t wait for you guys to hear this. thank you from the bottom of my heart, endlessly.

If you go to TROYESIVAN.COM you will be directed to Troye’s Tumblr page. On there will be an opportunity to download ‘Wild’ images. They are all Photoshop-able and fans have been making new Twitter icons using the package. The password to unlock it is “blueneighbourhood”.

We are looking forward to the release of Wild, are you?

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Paul McLauchlan   Editor-in-Chief

Vid Con 2015: Power of Words Panel

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The Power of Words panel (24th of July), on the Kia Main-stage, dealt with many topical issues including, but not limited to, harassment, shaming, call-outs, privilege, being a good ally, and tone-policing.

Many of these issues can be connected to huge occurences in pop culture that have offended many people, thus proving the effects that misspeaking can have.

The panel included:

John Green (@JohnGreen)

Meghan Tonjes (@Meghan Tonjes)

Dan Howell (@Danisnotonfire)

Alli Speed (@AlliSpeed)

Connor Franta (@ConnorFranta)

Felicia Day (@FeliciaDay)

Phil Lester (@AmazingPhil)

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Here are some reactions:

Dave said: “Great talk on the power of words.”

Aric said: “Panel on power of words dealt with harassment, shaming, call-outs, privilege, being a good ally, & tone-policing. Very topical.”

Maria said: “This Power of Words panel is so, so good!”

Will said: “Ughhh – [Alli Speed] is KILLING IT on the Power of Words panel”

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Eoin O’Brien   Contributing Writer

Vid Con 2015: Sexual Orientation on YouTube Panel

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The “Sexual Orientation on YouTube” panel took place on the 24th of July during Vid Con 2015 @ the Kia Main-stage. It was moderated by Michael Buckley.

The panelists and members of the LGBT+ community answered questions regarding coming out, how their sexuality influences their work, and some of the struggles they’ve had to face.

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The panel included:

Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley)

Ingrid Nilsen (@ingridnilsen)

Hannah Hart (@harto)

Miles Jai (@milesjai)

R.J. Aguiar (@rj4gul4r)

Steph (@ElloSteph)

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Here are some reactions:

McKenna said: “The Sexual Orientation panel was so amazing! Ahhh!

Isaac said: “The sexual orientation and race and representation panels at #VidCon were really great; powerful messages and relatable talks!”

Colin said: “The Sexual Orientation panel at #VidCon was absolutely wonderful. It’s great to know that there is such an awesome and supportive community.”

Xander said: “At the Sexual Orientation #VidCon panel with all the Tyler Oakley fan girls because fuck people who actually care about a panel, right?”

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Eoin O’Brien   Contributing Writer

Vid Con 2015: An Intimate Gossip Session with YouTube’s Biggest Flop Tyler Oakley

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After premiering his book trailer on Friday, Tyler Oakley had another event to attend. Korey Kuhl moderated “An Intimate Gossip Session with YouTube’s Biggest Flop: Tyler Oakley” on Saturday morning.

Fans had been waiting since 7:30 a.m. @ the Kia Main-stage, 2 hours before the highly-anticipated event. Tyler gave the inside scoop on his book Binge, his award-winning podcast Psychobabble (co-hosted by Kuhl), his Slumber Party Tour and what’s to come for the rest of 2015.

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Fans reacted to the event on Twitter:

Jenny said: “Had an amazing time at a gossip session with [Tyler Oakley] this morning! Looking forward to his book…”

Bat said: “Tyler’s little gossip session was perfect.”

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Paul McLauchlan   Editor-in-Chief