All the YouTubers Who Spoke Out Against the Sh*tshow That was
June 28, 2018
Fans were so excited to attend
‘s first big event in Anaheim last weekend. Dubbed Tana Mongeau TanaCon, it was supposed to be the cooler, more fun alternative to VidCon. Well, that excitement got the best of things when thousands of fans showed up to the event without tickets just hoping to get in.
Needless to say, things got crazy, and the entire event ended up getting canceled due to the safety hazards caused by the massive crowd. Fans were devastated, and so was Tana, but they weren’t the only ones. Many of the YouTubers who were scheduled to attend, and even some who weren’t, have spoken out about TanaCon and given their opinions on what went down:
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Shane Dawson has, by far, been the most outspoken about TanaCon. Although it was technically Tana's event, Shane was heavily associated with it, and a lot of people came out just to see him specifically. He addressed the situation with a series of tweets:
Shane also just filmed a video with Tana about the convention and how everything went wrong, part one of which is out today.
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James Charles, one of TanaCon's featured creators and a friend of Tana's, also had a lot to say about the event. In a series of tweets, some of which he deleted, he wrote, "I called her yesterday and gave her every last piece of advice I could to save this convention and her reputation and again, she isn't listening. A TRUE friend will call you out when you're in the wrong. I thanked her for what she's done for me and ended our friendship. Don't speak on a situation you know nothing about. I'm literally the absolute BEST kind of friend she could ask for, rather than everyone who was yelling in her ear yesterday, 'f*ck VidCon, let's make this lit.' and 'let's shut this city down!' Open your f*cking eyes... her ego got in the way of kids' safety, which is why I was angry. FOR YOU GUYS. That flew to see her and other creators that now missed out because she was too focused having a petty party to spite VidCon and didn't take the time to fully plan a safe and organized convention."
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Ricky Dillon was another YouTuber scheduled to be at TanaCon. Since his name was the attached to the event, he said he felt he had to address it. In a recent vlog, he gave his thoughts on what happened. "I do think she could have done a lot of things better, but I do feel bad for her because I do think Tana had really good intentions," he said. "She really wanted to make it so y'all, the viewers, could meet people and have a good experience."
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Elijah Daniel kept pretty quiet while the TanaCon chaos was happening, but he did promise to make it up to his fans by offering free tickets to his upcoming tour:
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Jenna Marbles and Julien Solomita decided to interview an attendee of TanaCon on their podcast, . After they heard the fan's story of what went down, they talked in-depth about why TanaCon went wrong. Jenna said she knew there would be problems when Tana claimed everyone's favorite creators would be walking around the fest. She explained that, as much as YouTubers wish that could happen, it never will for safety reasons. Jenna and Julien
"Do I think that she should be responsible for her fair part? Yes," Jenna said. "I think [a genuine apology] goes a long way with people."
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Manny MUA was excited to go to TanaCon, but he wasn't able to when things quickly went south. In a vlog, he said, "She's definitely, definitely doing the best she can. You know, especially planning some like that in a month, that's crazy getting anywhere near where she got to, so call it growing pains. Sh*t happens, but I hope Tana's not taking it too personally or too hard on herself."
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Trisha Paytas gave her two cents about TanaCon on a recent Instagram Live. She said Tana's manager, Jordan Worona, reached out to her about the event, but she had other commitments that day and doesn't like conventions in general.
"[Conventions] are just sh*tshows," she said. "It's like if you could pay $300 to go to the Oscars, and they took everyone that could fit. It's irresponsible to just try that in a month... The whole thing just sucks."
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PewDiePie had something to say about TanaCon. He made plenty of jokes in his video about it, but he also offered a reasonable commentary on the chaos.
"It's really hard to pull off a convention," he said. "I think every single convention, their first one, has been a disaster because you need that experience, you need to build that successively every single year and make it bigger and bigger and bigger. You can't just immediately jump to 15,000 people. You got to start very, very small. And if you sell tickets on the premise that it's gonna be free, obviously if people didn't even get the tickets, they're gonna show up anyway."
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Colleen Ballinger was yet another person scheduled to be at TanaCon. In her vlog about the weekend, she explained that she didn't really know what was going on and only got her information from Twitter.
"I think Tana was probably in over her head," she said. "She was probably just shocked at how many people actually showed up to the event and didn't know how to handle it... but I'm proud of Tana for trying to do something new and different."