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  1. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Pewdiepie   

    He's a casual racist. He's a white guy who has never lived a life where he faces any institutionalised or socially ingrained racism on a personal level so he thinks saying whatever is fine because 'I'd never do these things'. In a few ways this is harder to confront than extreme racism because casual racists don't realise that they're racist. There's a mental block or flawed logic that self-absolves the person because they always excuse what they're saying or 'reason' it away. In his case it's "oh I didn't mean it" or "oh my words don't reflect my actions I would never do what I say".
    Yea well words have a strong impact when you have 50m+ subscribers and many of them are teenage boys to whom you're demonstrating that this behaviour is fine because you never get punished for it.
    I am saying this as a statement of fact and not an opinion: no non-racist person would ever pay two Indian guys to hold up a sign saying 'death to all Jews' or pay a guy to dress up as Jesus and say 'Hitler did nothing wrong'.
    It doesn't matter how he explained it away, it doesn't matter how much he says it was a 'social experiment' to see what people to do for £5 - it was racist. If he wanted to do the experiment he said he was doing, he could've picked literally any other topic ever. He could have made people hold up innocuous signs saying 'save the Vogons' or 'Britney for queen' and it would have had the same effect considering he has so many subs that he'd get a gajillion views in a day and his content matters so little to his view count.
    So the end result to him thinking he's funny and edgy for getting some guys to sign 'death to all Jews' is that he's only making himself the poster boy for casual racism because he doesn't think twice about what he says or does. The NZ school shooting is proof because there were Nazi swastikas sprayed on the side of a UK school referencing the shooting that say 'sub to Pewdiepie' in conjunction.
    This 4chan post sums it up better than I could:

    He's starting to become shorthand for right-wing subtext and I find it very hard to believe that it was by sheer coincidence that these people gravitated towards him.
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  2. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Jvloggers general discussion thread   

    I agree. The possibilities I can think of are:
    - visa sponsorship
    - outsourcing product deal management and having TC seek out further product placements for a cut of the revenue
    - networking/ shoulder rubbing/ clique bragging rights?
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  3. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Jvloggers general discussion thread   

    I mean... they're basically charging slightly less than a Netflix subscription for things you can google. 6.99 a month for a subscription to readily available information is pretty steep, so really it's just a subscription to watching some exclusive content made by their YTers.
    It's not even that interactive because there's a once a month live stream, so the interaction is what you're interested in you get it once a month! Just like on Chris Broad's patreon...
    The most interesting aspect that I don't see them pushing in their video adverts is the 'competitions' where you can essentially submit your work to TC and get it noticed by your favourite senpai influencer. If TC don't have a decent legal team defining the rules of the competition I can see it being a cluster fuck with people submitting their entries and not getting picked/ noticed and one of the influencers posting something similar sometime down the line and getting smacked with copyright. If they do have a decent legal team then the small print would probably say something about 'retaining all material submitted' and associated ideas... which would be a PR nightmare.
    Imo from the video titles listed on the TC website, their videos are nothing a normal YTer wouldn't make on their own channel. Tech equipment, job experiences, etc. Also:

    I can't believe Joey's shitty anime waifu pillow is a considered appropriate for a giveaway...
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  4. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Akidearest and The Anime Man   

    Jesus fucking Christ pedo alarm bells have stopped ringing and have actually exploded because of that gross tweet.
    Joey even looks like a goddamn pedo now with the terrible get up: unkept beard, uncombed hair, oversized clothing, and probably terrible lifestyle considering he looks like he's aged 10 years in 3? I think we've all noticed a deterioration in self-care but he's become the poster man for 'stranger danger'.
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  5. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Sharla in Japan   

    Yea... we've gone OT from Sharla.
    For talk on TC, go the Jvloggers general thread.
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  6. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Sharla in Japan   

    This is just me throwing out a theory, but what if Chris was the only want who wanted to move up in Odigo? Considering how badly the company was reviewed on glass door, maybe a lot of quality people jumped off that company as soon as they could and Chris was promoted because he was one of the few employees actually staying for any amount of time?
    Also while glass door isn't that accurate, imo the fact that all the reviews complain about the same thing (lack of direction) makes them legit.
    Imo Odigo didn't really go away, but a lot of it became TC considering many of the same people are working there (Okano, Sharla, Kim Dao, Chris, Joey, etc. etc.). Odigo just rebranded into TC, and Sharla is one of the people reaping the benefits from it.
    Another conspiracy theory of mine is for all the non-Japanese citizens in Japan who are signed to TC (which I think is everyone excluding Joey), TC is capable of getting them their visas much more easily than they could get one themselves. Sharla being with them makes much more sense, and I think to an extent Chris Broad as well, since he can just outsource his visa paperwork to them.
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  7. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Taylor R - Social Media Updates   

    yea the class would speak English. The general listening standard at least is good enough to understand everything Taylor has to say.
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  8. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Jvloggers general discussion thread   

    NOPE! They did NOT make it clear that the law is a bare minimum guideline and each prefecture has its own laws and the effective age of consent is almost always 16. I watched the whole damn video because I wanted to make sure. They just made the 'urk' face and moved on.
    Yea I don't think Chris Broad joined TC for a primarily business reason. He has over 1m subs and has always been doing really well before TC, so I don't really see TC adding anything to his business model in terms of profit. I think he benefited from TC helping with his cycling trip but that's about it. I guess when your friends start up a group you want to be part of it, right? And as much as we're jaded and suspicious, TC isn't illegal in any way, it's just... unoriginal and cliquey. I also think for TC to work/ take off, Chris had to be in it since he's the biggest jvlogger.
    What I do agree that it's weird for Kim Dao to be in TC when she lives in Aus and has to travel to Tokyo to meet with her agency? I guess most of the random things should be done over skype and TC gives her an excuse to travel to Tokyo. Maybe it keeps the door open for a visa sponsorship if she ever wants to go back to Japan?
    Other things about TC:
    - Sharla is not listed on their influencer page but is listed on their 'team' page as a content creator (?)
    - TC signing Kim Dao makes less sense when it seems like the non-Japan market they want to expand into is probably Taiwan (I remember watching their house tour video and the only interesting thing was that they had a dude on their team who had something to do with Taiwan)
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  9. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Jvloggers general discussion thread   

    omg.. there's a full 1 minute plug from 1.21 to 2.21 of TC learn... kill me now

    Every prefecture has their local laws on this matter, and so the age is almost always 16.

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  10. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Jvloggers general discussion thread   

    A minimum of $7 a month (let's be real, 6.99 means 7) for information I can find with mediocre googling. They're cruising on their influencers' brands to make money (which is exactly what influencers are for), hoping people will shell out more bucks to see more content from their favourite jvlogger. Chris Broad literally has a patreon where the $5 tier is to be at a monthly Q&A and he answers your Qs (which, btw, I am disappointed in Chris Broad for joining TC, but whatever).
    I mean:

    Chris... we know. You literally did a video with Rachel & Jun years ago about 'alternative careers' in Japan from teaching English. To save everyone 6.99:
    - go to Japan
    - teach English
    - learn Japanese
    - pass N2
    - go to career fairs
    - go into whatever industry interests you
    Chris just tacked on having a YT channel to that process.
    And as for Joey:

    akhgahgshg it makes sense that his only video we see is about selling out.
    Literally nothing they're doing is ground breaking. Their YT channel is just slice of life interviews with people doing a 'fun' task. Their website is just repackaging various pieces of information their influencers have already done in some form of other (Chris Broad very frequently makes purely informative videos where he answers people's questions), or advice from people I wouldn't even ask where the post office was if they were standing in front of it (Joey).
    Oh and finally, their website isn't even that slick. There's text boxes where the text bleeds out of the box confines.
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  11. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Mimei and Duncan (PDR-san)   

    I was wondering why Duncan hadn't made a new video in a while...
    Suga contracted FIV most definitely from his mother. If he didn't, that'd mean that either Cinnamon or Latte has FIV and passed it to Suga.
    Can't say that my sympathy isn't tainted with them not sourcing their cats properly. I guess FIV lays dormant in many cats who have it but from my memory wasn't Suga bought from a breeder?
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  12. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Akidearest and The Anime Man   

    How is he not been arrested and put in prison at this point.
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  13. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Taylor R - videos #2   

    Some thoughts:
    - I have a few Canadian friends and what they say is that you don't have to learn French unless you live in Quebec. That said, it should be an elective at most schools.
    - helicopter between Macau and HK is not that uncommon. It's an upper-middle class thing to do (about HKD 4000/ USD 500/ GBP 400 for a two-way trip I think). Expensive, but it's a nice thing to do.
    - the hotels in Macau are all fairly insane. Macau is basically a floating casino. The casino industry has an insane amount of power in Macau - there's a smoking ban in Macau except in the casinos ('cuz business ya'll). The level of insanity for that hotel in the video is nothing out of the ordinary. And OT: some of the hotels are the gaudiest, ugliest pieces of architecture you will ever see. It's actually pretty impressive how gaudy they are.
    - There's really... not that much to do in Macau except casinos. There's some nice old buildings though if anyone ever finds themselves in that part of the world. The kid's play area didn't seem like anything you couldn't get in HK? Not sure why Macau was chosen at all except that it's close I guess, maybe also the kids have never been (but they're so young... they're not gonna remember much).
    And yea... I'm fairly surprised her vlogs are like 2 weeks behind.
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  14. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Taylor R - videos #2   

    The 'not knowing how to use powerpoint' thing is either an exaggeration or an attempt at a joke or a to make her seem more relatable. Or all three.
    Chances are she does know how to use a powerpoint, probably just the bare minimum.
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  15. redbowkiki added a post in a topic Taylor R - Social Media Updates   

    She could get a ghost writer. They'd pad out the story if a publisher/ agent believed her brand is enough to sell her biography.
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