YouTubers Defend Zoe Sugg After She’s Accused of Making Teens Stupid
You can not be a fan of Zoe Sugg for whatever reason, but you simply cannot say she’s not influencing millions of people in positive ways. In addition to being a voice for those who suffer from panic disorders, the 26-year-old also advocates for self-love, body positivity and so much more. But no matter how many good things the British YouTube star does for the world, there will always be those who try to bring her down.
British newspaper The Guardian published an article titled, “Zoe Sugg: The Vlogger Blamed for Declining Teenage Literacy,” where they tried (and failed) to say her best-selling Girl Online book series and YT channel are the reason that teens are, essentially, losing intelligence. While the TG post itself barely had any facts to back up the harsh claims, we THINK the point stems from a different article, which was published in The Telegraph, about a recent study that found that British kids’ reading levels are dropping.
“Alas, the Zoella books are not as challenging as the J.K. Rowling books, we do have an issue there…I do grieve about children wanting to read books that are not challenging enough. The decline in children’s reading age during secondary school is pronounced. In previous years there was some evidence of it, but this year is much more striking,” Keith Topping, a professor who conducted the study titled ‘What Kids are Reading,’ said.
But, here’s the thing — the definition of ‘literacy’ is “the ability to read and write,” or “competence or knowledge in a specified area.” For The Guardian to make the claim that Zoella’s books, WHICH PEOPLE ARE OBVIOUSLY READING, are making people illiterate, is not only incorrect, but also makes no sense whatsoever.
When Zoe’s fellow YouTubers got wind of the ridiculous claims, they were quick to jump to her defense:
I had a little nap and woke up to see the media trashing @Zoella for writing successful books and minding her own business. Standard.
— Louise (@LouisePentland) February 26, 2017
@guardian Like…BY WHOM!? The headline makes a statement that is never backed up in the article. This is weird, right?
— Hank Green (@hankgreen) February 26, 2017
Just need to let it be known that @Zoella is one of the most hardworking, inspiring, and intelligent women I've ever known.
— Colleen Ballinger? (@ColleenB123) February 26, 2017
@Zoella you def don't need me to say this, but what you've done to encourage an entire generation to read is wonderful and you're magic
— Connie (@noodlerella) February 26, 2017
— Hannah Rutherford (@lomadia) February 26, 2017
Imagine being this level of bitter about someone daring to make a success of themselves https://t.co/oCylntoCSz
— Emma BOOKERY (@emmablackery) February 26, 2017
The Guardian still rinsing YouTubers and mocking them. Cool, you don't get it and "in my day bla bla bla". Write about something else then.
— Emma Gannon (@emmagannon) February 26, 2017
— luke cutforth (@LukeIsNotSexy) February 26, 2017
Another lazy clickbait headline by mainstream media about a YouTuber. The girl hosts a book club, ALWAYS encourages reading…say WHAT now?! pic.twitter.com/MAGZnZ3Xgf
— Melanie Murphy (@melaniietweets) February 26, 2017
The British beauty admitted that she didn’t actually read the article herself because she saw the title and knew it was going to be BS, but she did thank everyone for supporting her and her work.
“My timeline and mentions right now are making me smile from ear to ear & I am clapping & fist pumping SO HARD,” she said on Twitter. “It’s refreshing to see how many people roll their eyes at some of the things the main stream media write! I’m almost used to it now. I’m so proud of everything I have accomplished and worked hard for, but what makes it worth it is how that affects thousands of people daily. Whether they’ve picked up a book for the first time from the book club or just forgotten about their awful day for 20 minutes. When you’re doing well at something, there will always be people that will try and tear you down at any opportunity. Just KEEP GOING!”
This isn’t the first time YouTubers jumped to Zoella’s defense — here are all the stars who recreated her ~controversial~ underwear picture: