Beyond Black & White
Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships
February 14, 2016 | Christelyn Karazin |
Does anyone know the reason why so many black woman/white man couples host YouTube vlogs? I’m not criticizing, but I don’t quite get it. Was there a first couple who did it that others decided to copy? Asian woman/white man and white woman/black man couples are both much more common in practice, yet the only example of the former who hosts a YouTube vlog (that I’m aware of, anyway) is April and Justin, and I’m not aware of any examples of the latter who host one. I don’t suppose it could be possible that they’re afraid of the abuse that they’d inevitably receive from Asian men and white men, respectively, in the comments? (Not that black woman/white man couples don’t receive abuse from black men, too…)
fastzander It might be worth it to ask a few of the couples why they decided to vlog about their lives. Apparently it’s also been a good investment for some as they have scored national tv ads because of it. I’m guessing, but it could be that there is a heightened curiosity about black women and white men together and the couples themselves also have an interest in sharing their stories and breaking down stereotypes about white men and black women together? It could also be that Asian women and white men couples are so commonplace that THEY don’t see a need to share their unique stories because it’s not like they had to overcome stereotypes about the other? Whatever the reason, I think it’s cute and probably one of the few affirmative things about black women on youtube.
fastzander I think it is because when compared to Asian women, white men, white women, and black men…a lower percentage of black women are dating and getting married. Many black women might not have considered expanding their options by dating other races of men, so these vlogs can help show these woman that hey, men of any race are just men…and can give them encouragement to step out of their comfort zone. . These vlogging couples met, dated, some have married, but all in all they are glad they picked their partner based on character rather than race.
It’s probably got to do with money, I imagine the first WM/BW youtube couples were people like Jamie and Nikki and Britpopvlogs (Pat and Mike). When people see that you can make money by talking about your everyday life in an interratial relationship then more people jump on the bandwagon and start their own channels.
I suppose the fact that it’s not as common to see as WM/AW or BM/WW couples might make it more interesting to some people.
PaoloP fastzander I agree, Paolo. Likewise I’ve noticed quite a few Asian and Asian American men/ww and even a few Asian and Asian American men/bw bloggers out there as well that are pretty popular. Perhaps there is more interest from the audience for couplings that are less common…
Shirley2006 fastzander “Whatever the reason, I think it’s cute and probably one of the few affirmative things about black women on youtube.”
Great point! I’m happy for these ladies and it makes me happy to see women who happen to look like me, thriving instead of struggling.