During YouTube’s presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour, YouTube phenomenon and TRUTH & CONSEQUENCES co-star Anna Akana commented on the ill-advised motivations of some vloggers in the wake of the Logan Paul scandal. It caused such a backlash that YouTube has cut ties with Paul via future productions and removed him from their Google preferred program.
Given all the furor, Akana was asked by reporters on her perspective as a fellow “YouTube celebrity.” Via Deadline Hollywood:
“I think it’s especially hard for younger kids nowadays, because they aspire for the fame of it all,” she said at TCA on Saturday. “Unfortunately that’s the wrong thing to aspire to. The art of the craft is lost on a lot of the teens because all they see is the perfectly polished life that everybody is supposed to be living. The separation of it, and how not genuine it actually is, is kind of lost on them.”
Akana was in attendance to promote the upcoming drama TRUTH & CONSEQUENCES, which will premiere on YouTube Red. The show, as described by Akana, is a completely different, nuanced and complex take on the traditional Mean Girls high school trope.
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“I think the thing that drew me to the script the most was that her motivations to the audience are never really clear,” Akana said at TCA on Saturday. “Jason did a beautiful job of using the Mean Girls construct for you to kind of wonder, ‘Is she self-serving or is she actually serving an agenda that’s for other people?’ I think that’s the beauty of the complexity in a high school story — is that people’s motivations aren’t necessarily purely selfish or purely for someone else.”
The show follows Farrah through moral and ethical dilemmas, and the loss of her power, and with more than 211 million video views on her own YouTube channel, Akana was undeniably going to bring a following with her to the project.
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