VidCon Founder Apologizes to Tana Mongeau for Unfair Past Treatment
Say what you want about the premise of Tana Mongeau‘s failed convention, TanaCon, but here’s the thing — it was always a way to get back at VidCon. The blonde had beef with the OG YouTube convention for years after it promised to make her a featured creator and then failed to follow through, ultimately causing security problems as the 20-year-old had to walk around the floor without any recognition of her fame level. While VidCon’s treatment of Tana didn’t necessarily cause TanaCon to flop hardcore, it was ultimately the catalyst that got things rolling.
Now, VidCon co-founder and former CEO Hank Green is owning up to his and the convention’s mistakes, saying he “100% screwed up” by not giving the YouTuber the recognition she deserved.
“Tana was part of our content, and not making her a featured creator was a bad call,” he wrote on YouTube. “If we were going to have her doing content, she should have been a featured creator. We were being conservative because of some things that Tana had done and said in the past, but we should either have had her there or not…. not that sh*tty in-between thing.”
He continued, “This isn’t the first time we screwed up, and it won’t be the last. This is a hard business, and I’m not saying ‘Oh, Tanacon is all my fault!’ but I think it’s important to recognize when we make mistakes regardless of the mistakes other people made.”
Tana has not yet responded to Hank’s apology.