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MOANFACE: The ‘Book’, Hate & Hopkins

The Ghost of Christmas Blast

I’m by no means the first to ‘have my say’ on the ‘Zoella / Ghostwriting’ debacle and I’ll be very honest; I don’t care. I don’t understand vlogger culture, I don’t think I ever will and that is my right. Just as its the right of people who love these YouTube ‘stars’ and admire them for their achievements.

To get it out the way, I was very interested, a little envious and actually excited to hear Zoella had ‘written’ a book. I thought it had opened up (and still has to be honest) a great new platform for bloggers and bringing us that bit further to the forefront of pop culture. I was a little disappointed to hear that she hadn’t written it herself, despite saying that she’d still created the characters and storyline; I felt, cheated? But then 15 seconds later, I got over it and got on with my life, such as it is.

I was expecting something like the fabulous book Hayley Carr from London Beauty Queen had written, a beauty bible for new and experienced bloggers and other fabulous beauty consumers alike. The book was the result of a lot of her own hard work and graft, as well as running one of the UK’s most successful beauty blogs.

Regardless, I won’t lose any sleep over Zoella, she has 2.6 million followers on Twitter plus countless others on YouTube; if a few of them don’t like her, so what? She’s done well whether you like it or not.

OK. Tea, Hopkins?

So Katie Hopkins wrote this tweet, that I found absolutely hilarious and another one below that was equally amusing:

I will stand up and say, at times, I like Katie Hopkins. Read the rest of this before snapping to judgement; a problem so many people have these days, it’s all about context.

We live in a society dominated by sensationalism. If I got my d*ck out on MANFACE, my hits would go through the roof and shares would spread like wildfire; my reputation would be in ruins, but at least I’d have had my 15 minutes of fame.

Katie Hopkins gets her 15 minutes on most pop-culture stories because of her shock tactics and delivery; of which I don’t agree with but it gets her message heard.

She claims that ‘fat people’ should eat less and exercise more and that if given the choice she wouldn’t employ an obese person:

“Would I employ you if you were obese? No I would not. You would give the wrong impression to the clients of my business. I need people to look energetic, professional and efficient. If you are obese you look lazy.”

“Childhood Obesity Week. sshhhhhhhhh. We can’t talk about it because we mustn’t tell children they are fat.”

I’m sorry, but I agree with her. What is so wrong about what she’s saying? It’s not healthy to be obese and if you simply eat less and do more exercise, regardless of medical condition, you will lose weight; it’s scientific fact. Being fat you drastically increase your chances of heart disease, diabetes and other debilitating illnesses; scientific fact. It’s not ok to be overweight, that’s why it’s called ‘over’ weight, just as much as it’s unhealthy to be ‘under’ weight; remember the years of size 0 model shaming?

A lot has been done to ensure that was stopped; so why is obesity, the biggest killer both in the UK and US (because of heart disease) an exception? These are just some of the things that Katie brings to the foreground and is slapped down as a fat-shamer, right-wing nut-job and bigot.

“Only at the end do you realise the power of the Dark Side.” – Darth Sidious

Then she says things such as the tweet I retweeted last night and also on the subjects of red-heads:

“Ginger babies. Like a baby. Just so much harder to love.”

My God, really? You honestly take that as a serious, legitimate comment or just as the dark, dry and deeply sarcastic joke it was clearly meant to be.

Do you not remember the South Park storyline of “gingers have no souls”? A deeply funny episode of the much loved series that uses similar dark, dry and wildly sarcastic humour as our Katie to make light of ridiculous situations.

Sometimes, she crosses the line with things like “Suicidal prisoners should just kill themselves”, things like this are inexcusable and are said in a desperate attempt to fan her career as “the most offensive woman in Britain” as it detracts from many of the serious points she has to make.

We all need a villain, right? Hence why I say I ‘kinda’ like her; she sometimes behaves like a tit, but don’t we all?

“The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.”

Actually a quote from Margaret Thatcher; make of that what you will.

In blogging especially, it’s so easy for us to take ourselves too seriously. Many bloggers, particularly those newer to the trade, pour their hearts and souls onto the pages of their blogs; they offer quite raw and personal stories and tales onto their platform and keep it there to be scrutinised by all.

I’m not that brave. I’m an accredited skin care expert and qualified beauty therapist; it makes no difference to my product reviews that my mum had breast cancer last year or that this was my Facebook profile photo for a month.

So I keep certain things hidden, because seeing a comment such as “your mum is a bitch, I hope she dies” scrawled across my site would be too much to deal with; those comments unfortunately appear too frequently online.

My ego is far too fragile at the best of times.

So when someone like Zoella releases a book that turns out not to be the direct result of her blood, sweat and tears (I mean she works bloody hard, there’s absolutely no denial of that at all) other bloggers are enraged because it makes them feel their lives, that they so carefully and bravely offer up, are deemed inferior; why should she have a book and not me?

At the same time, there’s plenty of shameless back slapping goes on, among vloggers in particular, all admiring how shiny each other’s butt holes are. It’s quite sickening and no wonder when the truth comes out, people draw their daggers; but it doesn’t affect my life, does it really affect yours; why would it?

The fact that so many bloggers shamelessly copy off each other that it makes your toes curl is neither here nor there; yes you with the white background; Vogue issues and burning Jo Malone candle in the background and your products lined up with the lighting bleached to buggery. It’s still your creation and you have a right to be sensitive about it.

“Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

But don’t be afraid of not being good enough. I mean, long-standing readers of MANFACE will have seen about 12 different layouts, 6 different logos, a forum, numerous writing styles etc, etc, etc. I fail A LOT, LOOAADS.

I’m lucky that I have a lot of people around me, including the fabulous British Beauty Blogger, that sometimes tell me I’m wrong and that I need to try it a different way. I will always be grateful for that.

But I was also one of the first to create a comprehensive Christmas Gift Guide back in 2010 and I was also one of the first to focus on photography in order to convey luxury and product tactility. I’m not saying I originated these concepts, but I like to think I had influence. MANFACE will be 5 years old next June; is the highest ranking men’s grooming and beauty blog and also the winner of the 2014 GroomCrew best review blog.

If every blogger out there became as ‘big’ as Zoella, well, it just wouldn’t make any sense. Some of us are going to succeed and some of us are going to fail and unfortunately sometimes it’s just the luck of the draw, being in the right place at the right time. You have to get over that fact pretty sharpish, otherwise you’re doomed to a life of mediocrity.

In conclusion, life is not fair. Point blank and unfortunately many people out there are too young and quite beautifully innocent to realise this is the case; I remember thinking the world was a fair and equal place – it sadly isn’t, you’ve just got to give everything your all and not be afraid to fail miserably.

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Harvey Specter
Posted at 14:20 December 9, 2014
Ashanti Jason
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Thom you are awesome. Summed up so perfectly.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 16:23 December 9, 2014
    Thom Watson
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    Thanks Ashanti and thanks for your comment! x

Harvey Specter
Posted at 13:20 December 9, 2014
Ashanti Jason
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Thom you are awesome. Summed up so perfectly.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 15:23 December 9, 2014
    Thom Watson
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    Thanks Ashanti and thanks for your comment! x

Harvey Specter
Posted at 13:18 December 9, 2014
Alison
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I had to Google “Zoella” ……. must try harder to keep up.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 16:23 December 9, 2014
    Thom Watson
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    Haha, you sly fox Ali! x

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 20:35 December 12, 2014
    Alison
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    No seriously, I had to Google the girl. Terrible to be old and out of it eh? ;)

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:18 December 9, 2014
Ali
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I had to Google “Zoella” ……. must try harder to keep up.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 15:23 December 9, 2014
    Thom Watson
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    Haha, you sly fox Ali! x

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 19:35 December 12, 2014
    Ali
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    No seriously, I had to Google the girl. Terrible to be old and out of it eh? ;)

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 15:05 December 15, 2014
    Thom Watson
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    I think Lucky is the word! Haha x

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:58 December 9, 2014
britishbeautyblogger
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I saw some of the KT tweets – she does say the unsayable – but I’d be far more inclined to listen to someone who has a clue about blogging and vlogging culture. This issue isn’t really about Zoella and her book, it’s more about a medium that nobody on the ‘outside’ really understands. I see it quite often when you say how many followers or readers you/others have and it’s like, *blank face” because they can’t quite believe that could happen. Those growing up with internets get it – those, like KT don’t get it.

When you have your own internet space it’s so easy for it to become your whole world… so things that are said resonate far to easily and readily. Everyone knows the trolls are driven by inadequecy and jealousy, but not everyone realises quite what it’s like to be in fear of what you say on the internet or how carefully you have to say a thing.

You’ve done a fantastic job with your site (and mine!!), you have every right to say what you please, RT who you please and quote who you please without censorship, but you have to be prepared for what might come. I think KT is prepared and doesn’t care, but is just as likely to be having her 15 minutes as any of us! I’d like to fast forward 20 years just to have a peep at what became of us all!

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 16:24 December 9, 2014
    Thom Watson
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    Thank you Jane and I agree, what happens in the future for many of us both short term and long term will be very, very interesting! x

Harvey Specter
Posted at 11:58 December 9, 2014
britishbeautyblogger
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I saw some of the KT tweets – she does say the unsayable – but I’d be far more inclined to listen to someone who has a clue about blogging and vlogging culture. This issue isn’t really about Zoella and her book, it’s more about a medium that nobody on the ‘outside’ really understands. I see it quite often when you say how many followers or readers you/others have and it’s like, *blank face” because they can’t quite believe that could happen. Those growing up with internets get it – those, like KT don’t get it.

When you have your own internet space it’s so easy for it to become your whole world… so things that are said resonate far to easily and readily. Everyone knows the trolls are driven by inadequecy and jealousy, but not everyone realises quite what it’s like to be in fear of what you say on the internet or how carefully you have to say a thing.

You’ve done a fantastic job with your site (and mine!!), you have every right to say what you please, RT who you please and quote who you please without censorship, but you have to be prepared for what might come. I think KT is prepared and doesn’t care, but is just as likely to be having her 15 minutes as any of us! I’d like to fast forward 20 years just to have a peep at what became of us all!

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 15:24 December 9, 2014
    Thom Watson
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    Thank you Jane and I agree, what happens in the future for many of us both short term and long term will be very, very interesting! x

Harvey Specter
Posted at 11:27 December 9, 2014
Phil
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And this is why I love you ;)

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 12:23 December 9, 2014
    Thom Watson
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    Haha thank you Phil x

Harvey Specter
Posted at 10:27 December 9, 2014
Phil
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And this is why I love you ;)

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 11:23 December 9, 2014
    Thom Watson
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    Haha thank you Phil x

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