The entertainment website and network posted a rude article that the stars fired back against.
When you think about award shows that cause controversy, you might think about the Oscars or the Grammy Awards, but not the Teen Choice Awards. However, that is exactly what happened just this past weekend. The award show, which hands out giant surf boards, gave out many awards to YouTube stars and Viners and also had some of the most famous ones on hand to present.
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Looking through the crowd, you could see everyone from #TeamInternet. Miranda Sings (Colleen Ballinger) even took home an award - though she is currently on a sold out tour across the country. YouTube stars make millions of dollars and received millions of views each and every day. They produce movies, music, books, tours, stuffed animals, and even, like Miranda Sings, go on tour. But there has been a problem lately where they aren't getting the respect they deserve. It all came to a head when E!Online published an article that asked who some of the stars were: "There were entire categories in which we'd never heard of the nominees. Eva Gutowski? Lele Pans? Joey Graceffa? Felix Kjellberg? Are those even real people?"
For those who might also not be in the know, they are all YouTubers. Felix Kjellberg is better known as PewDiePie, who has over 38 million subscribers on YouTube - more viewers than E! is likely to see in an entire day of programming. Joe Graceffa is another YouTuber who recently inspired the world when he came out. Each and everyone one of the people in the category are very real, and very hardworking.
It is particularly painful for one YouTube sensation, Grace Helbig who has a television show with the network. She posted her thoughts on Twitter:
Queen of the Internet Jenna Marbles and Vlogging boyfriend Julie Solomita dedicated an entire podcast to taking down the problem with E!:
Tyler Oakley questioned whether the station can stay relevant:
Other YouTube celebrities joined in:
im still so mad at E for all that shit they pulled today. someone take my laptop away cause im about to lay into their asses again.— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) August 18, 2015
and dont get me started on how youtuber book sales compare to "E! personalities" book sales. kim kardashian book=30k, youtuber book=+150k— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) August 18, 2015
If you're in media and know nothing about Internet talent, you're not cute or clever. You're genuinely irrelevant and terrible at your job.— @jeremycabo (@jeremycabo) August 17, 2015
At the end of the day, the creators on YouTube aren't just people who sit in front of a camera - they are real life people who inspire, entertain, and work their butts off to provide people with free entertainment. If you haven't heard of these people, it might be time to go onto YouTube and see who they are.