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As a British person, even I find Mikan rude. Like, yeah, British humour does tend to be on the dry and sarcastic side but insulting your friends in front of others (or the entire internet) and then going "hehe just kidding! :3", or showing them off on camera when they're clearly uncomfortable is still cruel. Saying it's "your sense of humour" isn't really an excuse - I can bet Mikan's friends probably hate it but she either ignores them when they call her out, or they don't mention it for fear she'll start vagueing them online. I had a really shitty friend who treated me like that as a teenager and you can bet I dropped them like a hot potato the second we left school. Sidenote: I've noticed Mikan seems to hang out with a lot of people who seem more shy/less outgoing than she is. I wonder if it's because she likes being friends with people she can push around because she always needs to be in control...?
Ruby comes across as a really sweet person and seems to mean well, but my main gripe is that she seems to have a very sheltered worldview. She obviously comes from a wealthy background, and dresses/acts younger than her years despite her obvious intelligence. She seems a bit oblivious to the issues a lot of students from other backgrounds face too, especially from a financial standpoint (e.g. that video she made about university accommodation with absolutely zero mention of how expensive the studio flats she was plugging really are). I get the impression - like other people have said - that going to university (and one other than Oxford, at that) has broadened her horizons a little, but she still seems like a workaholic to an unhealthy degree. I was obsessive about grades and studying during university, too, but I definitely did not wake up at 6am to study before classes or do 12+ hour cram sessions on the regular. If it's what she enjoys doing then fair play to her, but I worry that she'll burn out eventually, or struggle to adjust to life after graduation when there's no lecture/seminar prep and assignment deadlines to structure her life around.
I wonder if Venus is actually homeless or something...? All the places she's been vlogging/streaming from look like cheap AirBNBs or somebody's spare room. It wouldn't surprise me if she's couch surfing and doesn't have a permanent place of her own.
Honestly, Mikan's attitude kind of reminds me of people in social justice circles (especially on Tumblr and Twitter) who make ridiculously vague or overcomplicated posts about racism/homophobia/etc. and then go "It's not my job to educate you! Quit acting entitled to the time and energy of marginalised people! Google is your friend :)))" when people ask them for clarification. Like, if people are constantly sending irritating messages or asking questions which you're not comfortable/can't be bothered to answer, just delete the messages? Turn off DMs and comments instead of posting rants about it? Otherwise you look like you're just deliberately being rude for clout.
To me, Mikan's brother seems to have more of a European-sounding accent than she does, which makes sense if they grew up in Sweden with Kurdish parents - there's probably an influence from both languages there? I also think Mikan's accent, while it does sound a little exaggerated, makes sense given that she's a native Swedish speaker who lived in the south of England for a long time - she actually has a similar accent to my Danish friends who moved to the UK to study. A lot of Scandinavians who learn British English (as opposed to American English) speak with a mostly native-sounding accent given that the languages use a lot of the same sounds, but tend to enunciate the vowels more clearly than the average English person which can make the accent sound more "posh."
As a native speaker, I think that's just how Venus talks. Her English has improved a lot since she started making videos in terms of grammar and natural-sounding speech, but her pronunciation has never been very good and she's always spoken with a kind of slurred accent. Her accent does sound stronger in that video, though - maybe because she's unwell, or maybe due to lack of practice if she hasn't been in contact with many other English speakers?
The thing is with Rachel and Jun, they seem perfectly harmless but just kind of boring? I'm sure they're nice people and I do find some of their videos relaxing to watch (plus their cats are very cute!), but like... it isn't particularly interesting, especially their more recent stuff.
This is totally incorrect though? The main difference between them is that bisexuality involves being attracted to more than one gender (not necessarily just "male or female"), while pansexuality is attraction to people regardless of gender. Bisexuals can still be attracted to trans/nonbinary/intersex people.
The thing is, Venus is acting a fool, but people are the product of their environments - it's becoming apparent that Venus has basically never had any good influences in her life and we're seeing the fallout from that. Like, she basically only had her mother for company for pretty much her entire childhood (and we've seen how things turned out for Margo), and most of her "friends" in Japan seem like shallow influencer types who just use each other for increased social media traffic via collabs more than anything else. Manaki seems mostly harmless, but I guess we'll never know the full story there either. Like, I'm seeing a person who wants to sort her life out but has no idea how to behave like a functional well-adjusted adult because this is basically all she knows. She needs an intervention but I doubt anyone in her life would actually do that.
I wonder if this new ‘business’ Venus is starting is some kind of pyramid scheme... Like, one of those of multi-level marketing things where you call yourself a business owner but really you’re just running your own subset of a wider organisation with a few underpaid staff members who all work commission? It would explain how Venus is suddenly able to start her own business despite having zero formal qualifications, since they’ll take on pretty much anybody who’s desperate for money and gullible enough to fall for it. I had this really shady “marketing company” try to recruit me once where they claimed you could work your way towards being a CEO of your own company within a year - and all the staff were paid commission (i.e. basically nothing) and were classed as “self employed” to avoid having to give them any actual worker’s rights. I don’t know how common they are in Japan (although I guess it could be international) but it would explain a lot if it was the kind of thing Venus is doing.
Re: the language thing, has Venus ever actually claimed to be fluent in 7 languages? I always got the impression she knows the basics of quite a few languages but never lived anywhere long enough to fully master any of them. Her written English is mostly pretty good these days but her pronunciation when speaking isn't great. Her accent is really strange - it doesn't even sound like a typical German accent, it's more like she slurs her speech a lot as if she can't quite get the words out? Given what people have said about her odd accent in German as well, I wonder if Venus actually has some kind of speech impediment, or whether she just picked up an unusual way of speaking due to being taught her "first language" by someone who wasn't at all fluent. Linguists would have a field day with her.
If anything, this is just sad to watch. It's clear Venus has got some serious issues, which isn't surprising given her upbringing - I know she said she doesn't have BPD after all but I do believe it's still possible she has some sort of personality disorder, or possibly C-PTSD. Not to armchair diagnose but the way she's behaving (self-destructive behaviour, erratic moods, unstable sense of identity, attention-seeking) are all consistent with the symptoms of BPD or someone trying to cope with trauma. It's also not uncommon for people who've suffered emotional abuse in childhood to inadvertently learn those same manipulative behaviours from their parents, even if they recognise that they were treated wrongly. Like, the way she's acting is 100% immature and unfair on the people in her life, but unfortunately the reality of trauma is that it often IS ugly and messy and difficult to recover from. She clearly doesn't know what's good for her - she's resorting to defense mechanisms she's likely learned from her mother (i.e. lashing out and blaming everyone else for her problems, most of which nowadays are the result of her own poor decision-making). Maybe she just assumes she's fine because she isn't super depressed right now, or something. I also suspect she's surrounding herself with people who are enabling this behaviour and distancing herself from anyone who tries to intervene or call her out on her bullshit - possibly even any therapists she's been seeing. IMO she needs to get some serious help and find a therapist who specialises in trauma and childhood abuse, but I don't know how easy that would be in Japan. The girl desperately needs an intervention because she clearly isn't willing or able to help herself at this point. TL;DR - anyone whiteknighting Venus or trying to act like there's nothing wrong with what she's doing is fucking stupid, but I also don't know how some people can like, look at a person having an obvious public breakdown in real time and take some kind of glee in her downfall either. I mostly just hope she gets the help she needs to properly recover and sort her life out, even if it means deleting all her social media accounts.
I feel like Venus claiming she's recovered and then making a vague vent post on IG is a typical BPD symptom - which IIRC she's said she has. Moods can cycle very rapidly and if she's having a down day, seeking attention and validation from internet followers looks like a coping mechanism to me, especially if she doesn't feel like she's getting much support from her friends IRL. I feel like the fact that she goes on about how she thinks of her fans like her friends/family or can rely on them for support (she even hints at it in her most recent video) shows that she maybe doesn't have the healthiest attitude towards her online following. I know making videos is what she loves doing, but I feel like it's something she might need to work on if she's going to restart her YouTube career.