Have you heard of “haul vloggers”? In a similar style of homemade YouTube makeup tutorials, haul vloggers are generally women who make videos of things they’ve bought on a shopping trip. While not necessarily a new YouTube phenomenon, the trend was recently covered by New York mag’s The Cut, which presented the subject through the example of one particular user, ChanelBlueSatin, saying that haul vloggers “seem to be primarily of one species: the girl who flatirons her hair, wears too-thick eye shimmer up to her eyebrows, drowns in eyeliner, and gets her brows waxed regularly.” ChanelBlueSatin was none too happy when she got wind of this, and retaliated with a very detailed video response. She complains, “The editor made no attempt to get to know me and what I do on YouTube. There was no e-mail, no interview … Everything in that article was based on assumptions and outward appearance. The editor slash all the people who commented in the article know nothing about me.”
The Cut posted her response video with the following apology: “Our post was not intended as a personal attack against ChanelBlueSatin (or Forever 21, where we shop from time to time). We regret that it came across as such, and apologize for judging too quickly.”
On the one hand, anyone who posts anything about themselves on the internet risks getting bashed and criticized. (We would know, and at the end of the day, we don’t take it too seriously.) It would surprise us if ChanelBlueSatin had never before received some snarky emails or comments. Yet, she does make us feel a bit guilty with the following point: “Shouldn’t the editor of New York magazine be inspiring to other women, rather than bashing other women?” She also gets extra bonus points for disclosing that YouTube pays her to make these videos.
So, whose side are you on? [The Cut]