As a platform, YouTube has opened up new opportunities for filmmakers, writers, pop culture critics, and other creative talents to share their work with the world. For female creators, YouTube and internet culture has often been a double-edged sword, allowing them to bypass the usual gatekeepers but often exposing them to hateful feedback online and even harassment in real life. In this new series Ladies of YouTube, I sit down with writers, camera women, and prominent personalities to discuss their work as well as the advantages and disadvantages of YouTube culture.
is most well-known online as the Nostalgia Chick, and her reviews of film, TV, and even junk food of her childhood have earned thousands of fans. In recent years, her videos have branched out to more experimental projects like 50 Shades of Green
, a web series that in its first season asked its viewers to help Lindsay and her co-host Antonella “Nella” Inserra in developing their own romance novel.
Recently, Lindsay sat down with The Mary Sue to share her thoughts on the rise in production quality on YouTube, the entitled attitude of internet commenters, and her deep, abiding love for Cabaret
(and the great Alan Cumming