No one is unworthy of speaking to the president
A few days ago, an 18-year-old Aeropostale designer from Dancing with the Stars, the brother of the guy who wrote The Fault in Our Stars and a green-lipped woman interviewed the president of the United States.
One of these things is not like the other — I'm looking at you Barack Obama.
These people — Bethany Mota, Glozell Green and Hank Green (no relation) are all YouTubers.
Members of the "traditional" media seemed a little slighted by these Internet sensations having the chance to sit down and have a good old chinwag with Mr. President himself. As a member of the media, I have something to say about that. In the censored words of Jenna Marbles: pipe down.
If you pay a little visit to FOX Nation News, you'll find articles and editorials titled "Obama YouTube Interview Was 'Beneath the Dignity of the Office'" and "Obama's YouTube interview with woman who eats Fruit Loops from a bathtub turns into PR disaster as his bid to get down with the digital kids backfires." Don't even get them started on the selfie the foursome took.
What FOX News and several other organizations and people are forgetting is that Obama is a person. And guess what? He works for us. It is his job to represent and lead the people of this nation, and that means the snootiest high brow FOX News columnist all the way down to the "Moron-American voting bloc." Yes, FOX actually used that term. And in between, there are YouTubers, who deserve a lot more respect than they're getting right now.
In 2015, being a YouTuber is actually a job title. The Tube isn't just a place for cat videos anymore. It's an enterprise.
In 2014 YouTube's biggest star PewDiePie, who boasts more than 34 million subscribers, made an estimated $1.1 million to $1.8 million, according to socialblade.com. That's a lot of money for someone who supposedly falls into the "Moron-American voting bloc." PewDiePie, or Felix Arvid Ulf Kjelberg, makes a living through video game commentary, but there are also tons of makeup artists, comedians and musicians who hit that upload button every day.
In actuality, YouTube channel owners probably represent the diversity of America much better than those who sit in Congress.
Now, how about we take a look at the people who are apparently deemed unworthy to interview a man they played a part in electing.
Although all that any news station seemed to be able to dig up about her is a video where she fills a bathtub up with milk and cereal, Glozell Green earned her bachelor's in Musical Theatre from the University of Florida. She's the author of the book Wait! Let Me Tell You, and performs stand-up on the regular. A trained vocalist and pianist, Green has been featured in Ebony Magazine and appeared in several TV shows and films, including Kevin Hart's The Wedding Ringer.
Bethany Mota, 18, got her start making beauty and fashion videos. Since then, she's launched a fashion line with Aeropostale, appeared on Dancing with the Stars and released the single "Need You Right Now" with Mike Tompkins.
You probably know his brother better, but Hank Greek is the second half of the YouTube Channel VlogBrothers. In addition to YouTube, he's produced videos for NASA and The Discovery Channel, as well as written for the New York Times and Scientific American. Another one of his accomplishments is Project For Awesome, an epic online event that encourages YouTubers to raise money for their favorite charities. Last year, the movement raised more than $1 million for different charities.
If you still don't think these people are worthy of asking the President of the United States a few questions, again I say: pipe down.
Caroline Glenn is the News Editor at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter@bycarolineglenn or email her at CarolineGCentralFloridaFuture.com.