yea this. I haven't seen another big city where buildings are that close together; from what I've seen, Tokyo comes close but it's still not like HK. there's something about the spacing of the architecture that is immediately recognisable as HK.
We might as well talk about Elbow-san in general here instead of starting another thread. Background: Having said that, the pic that Tom posted of some high rise blocks is 1) nothing out of the ordinary for HK (land is the most expensive thing so a lot of blocks are literally inches apart) and 2) actually far from the worst of it in HK. Imo the commenters on that pic either aren't from HK or are being overly negative for not much of a reason? I clicked on some of their profiles and most of them seem to be from overseas so... Also it's not like that pic was one of 7 people crammed into 400 sqft flat, he just took a picture of the high rises from the outside. I can see why Tom is like 'it's not that bad...' because 1) HK is one of the most densely populated places and people who grew up here are largely used to it 2) the block of flats he took a picture of are fairly standard/ normal HK living and 3) he's most likely referring to the picture he took, not of the very real situations like 13 people living in a tiny apartment. Just like I don't think Tom knows what it's like to live in a 250 sqft flat... I doubt most of the commenters on that picture know what they're talking about either.
Okay just to clear things up about Hong Konger/ Chinese and end this discussion... An increasing amount of people in HK, esp. among millennials, do not call themselves Chinese bc they know it implies they're from the mainland. However, there are many people who simply don't care, or are supporters of the mainland (case in point: Jackie Chan). The same goes for Taiwan, i.e. millennials would rather use Taiwanese instead of Chinese to refer to themselves. It really doesn't help this clusterfuck that the PRC has a really racist view of nationality, i.e. if you are ethnically Chinese, you are therefore Chinese in nationality. The PRC doesn't even view the HKSAR passport as a document of citizenship (even though it basically functions as one) because there is only one Chinese citizenship, and it is issued by the PRC. For many westerners the distinction is almost irrelevant, and many don't even know about the Chinese diaspora (ethnically Chinese people in Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, South Africa, UK etc. are still Chinese; they also have another national/ ethnic identity in addition). 'Chinese' is really just used to refer to someone of Chinese descent (and 99% of the time, Han Chinese), and not an indicator of their national allegiances. Taylor most likely does this when talking about Tom. As for Tom moving his money out of Hong Kong... Hong Kong is a tax haven. Income tax is near non-existent. PRC would be stupid to change it since the amount of businesses and individuals keeping their money in HK would plummet. It makes no sense for Tom to move his money to Canada and get taxed for stuff that he won't even use (healthcare, dental, etc.). Their house in Canada is most likely just for Taylor to have a guaranteed home to return to when she wants to visit her family. They're (and by they I mean Tom) obviously rich enough to do that, considering their house in Japan and flat in HK. Taylor and Tom marrying in order to smooth over the house buying process? That was completely more beneficial to Taylor logistically, since Taylor can't afford that house in Canada on her own. Tom got a Canadian passport and Taylor got a 2nd home. tl;dr Tom is from HK. It really doesn't matter that Taylor refers to him as Chinese - he's from HK. The most compelling proof is that his Cantonese is accent-less. Any mainlander learning Cantonese in later life almost always has an accent, even people from Guangdong speak Canto differently.
the video was really irrelevant... I mean many of her vlogs are (as are many vlogs in general tbh), but this one just made no sense. She should've cut out this vlog and just filmed and uploaded a much more recent one w/ the address about why she hasn't posted for a month. her channel is getting sloppier...
Some things have already been mentioned, but... 1) the theories are getting less and less relevant. This is also a thread to talk about Tom's business/ his online media sites specifically. If we want to talk about other things, we should move to the general thread. 2) the theories are getting less and less based in fact. Taylor and Tom have had a relationship for years, and originally it was completely off camera, to the point where we had to dub him elbow-san when we first caught sight of him. There are so many things in their relationship that we don't see on screen, so who really knows how their relationship truly works. I don't deny that there's definitely a dynamic of rich guy & trophy wife between them from what we can see, but that's really the only obvious thing I can pick out.
Ok we've diverged from talking about her videos to talking about her private life. Let's either wait until she uploads a new video or post something if you have something to say from an old video that you never noticed before.
The backpack video was pretty pointless, and the numbers reflect how even quite a few of her core fans didn't really want to watch it. I think the videos of hers that go viral tend to have a really... shock inducing (?) thumbnail and/or usually a transformation topic for the video as well.
For Emma's visa issue, she said it's her fault in her YT video. She was 2 months expired and it's up to the individual visa holder to renew their visa, not for a company's HR to take care of it (like she thought), so TC not checking with her is probably just because they don't check with anyone since it's each person's responsibility to deal with their visa renewal. TC paying for a lawyer makes sense since Emma is the only host for their channel... If Japanese immigration is anything like UK immigration, what happens is your work/ student visa expires and you tick over to a normal traveller visa-free status if your passport doesn't require a visa in the UK (e.g. Australian passport). If you're on a passport that requires a visa just for travel/ holiday, that's when you get a notification from the government (either via phone or email) telling you your visa is up, because any overstay is immediately illegal rather than becoming a visa-free tourist. As for Osharegirl's lip fillers... I feel like her lips didn't really change in size. I went back to the beginning and went to 7m in the video and I couldn't really tell that she had lip fillers. She talked about it her video too and said she wanted to go a bit bigger.
Lol, brace yourself for Jobo's reasonings. I remember back in the day when his lolicon streak wasn't that obvious, he defended pedophilic manga/ anime/ etc. by saying that they were an 'outlet' for people who had these tendencies so they wouldn't go out and abuse real kids, therefore this material didn't actually hurt anyone. Like his entire argument was essentially 'it could be worse! they could be out there touching real kids! so let them just fantasise about it!' instead of taking his head out of his ass and realising that there's something inherently wrong with pedophilic desires. Yea, denial over 9000.
Honestly... I think 95% of why Taylor appears to be the 'favourite' is because she's the one holding the camera. Think of it this way: Taylor is the one filming her interactions with her family, therefore we only see her perspective. It's completely possible (and highly likely) that her sister and brother get exactly the same love and affection from the family, but we just don't see it on camera because Taylor is the 'main character' when she's filming, so everyone interacts with her first, then other members of the family. Also people act differently when they're being filmed, not in a 'fake' way, but it's just that anyone's behaviour shifts when they know they're being/ going to be observed. If you know your daughter is filming, especially for an audience, you obviously don't want to ignore her and talk to other members of the family on camera.
I like how our general opinion of both of them has changed... it used to be 'urgh weeaboo dating a halfie to legitimise herself' but now it's 'girl that's the least of your problems you're way better than him please find someone else who's good to you' When Aki finally leaves Joey we all gonna be like
Girlboss was the title of Sophia Amoruso's autobiography, the founder of Nasty Gal, and Taylor read her autobio at one point (I can't find the vid quickly but she did do a vid called #GirlBoss and she definitely talked about the autobiography itself before). I think she did like 1 or 2 vlogs where she tried to include a 'what I'm reading section'? That was a good idea tbh. Also lol, for anyone's interest, here's what happened to Nasty Gal as a company. OT part of my answer: