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Why fans think TanaCon could be making a comeback

Published: 17/Apr/2020 19:16

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube star Tana Mongeau held her own version of VidCon, TanaCon, in summer 2018, which infamously went down in flames — but despite its controversy, some fans think the event could be making a surprise comeback.

VidCon is one of the world’s largest events for online content creators, featuring top YouTubers and drawing crowds of thousands of fans who hope to meet their favorite internet personalities.

However, Mongeau hoped to create a rival to the famous convention, prompting the inception of “TanaCon,” which promised to feature such names as ex-Disney star Bella Thorne, YouTuber Shane Dawson, and other celebs.

Tana Mongeau, Instagram
YouTuber Tana Mongeau’s rival to VidCon ended up going down in flames – but some fans think the event might be making an unexpected comeback.

Although the hype surrounding TanaCon was very real, fans found themselves ultimately disappointed in the event, with many waiting outside in extreme heat for hours without tickets before the convention was ultimately canceled.

Despite TanaCon’s now-infamous status as a disaster, some fans think it could be making a comeback in the near future (current global events aside), with one internet detective discovering a curious development two years later.

Michael Weist, the CEO of event organization company Good Times that helped run TanaCon, reportedly registered the trademark for the convention on April 7, 2020, as evidenced by an entry on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website.

While Weist has apparently begun taking steps to bring Mongeau’s event back into the public eye, his social media shows that he is currently working on JuiceKon, with no other trace of the YouTuber’s VidCon rival in sight, otherwise.

United States Patent and Trademark Office
An entry via the United States Patent and Trademark Office website shows that Weist has registered a trademark for TanaCon, leaving some fans curious to see if the event is making a comeback.

It is also noteworthy that Mongeau and VidCon are back on speaking terms, after she initially created her own version of the event after expressing frustrations with not receiving a Featured Creator badge and being able to interact with her fans safely.

Having starred as a featured creator at VidCon London just this year, it seems that TanaCon’s supposed revival is coming out of left field — and a quick look at the comments section shows that fans are a bit wary of its alleged comeback.

Mongeau likewise has yet to speak on the subject, leaving the matter as mere fan conjuncture for now — forcing many to be suspicious as to what’s really happening behind the scenes.

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Dream responds to #dreamwaswrong trending on Twitter

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:53

by Theo Salaun

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YouTuber and Minecraft content creator Dream has finally responded to the #dreamwaswrong trend on Twitter, using his DreamWasTaken account to assert he disavows the behavior displayed by some of his fans.

Dream and his cohorts, including known creators like Tommyinnit and GeorgeNotFound, are incredibly popular on YouTube and beyond thanks to an infinitum of Dream Team videos and the Dream SMP server.

While that level of fame means possibility for mainstream collaboration with the likes of superstar TikTok influencer Addison Rae, it also comes with downsides. Notably, #dreamwaswrong began trending on Twitter as fans blamed Dream for encouraging his stans, some of whom are prone to producing inappropriate fan art involving minors.

As critics explain, Dream’s love for his fans supposedly equates to egging on the ways they express their fandom — thereby supporting the production of “CP.” In response, he explained: “I’ve said this before but don’t ship creators that are uncomfortable with it, and especially not minors. It’s disgusting to draw NSFW stuff about minors or anyone that hasn’t explicitly said it’s fine.”

After addressing the drama directly, by reaffirming that “NSFW stuff about minors” is distasteful, Dream continued on to explain why it’s unfair to misgeneralize his role in the production of such content.

In a follow-up tweet aimed at defending his support for his fans, the Minecraft YouTuber said, “With 16 million subscribers that’s 1 out of every 480 people IN THE WORLD that are subscribed. There’s bound to be thousands of terrible people, but there’s also bound to be millions of great ones. If you’re looking for hate or disgusting stuff, you’ll find it. Stop looking.”

As he shows, boasting 16 million subscribers on YouTube means that “out of every 480 people in the world,” at least one is a fan of Dream’s content. That is an enormous quantity of supporters, and it should not be surprising that there are “thousands of terrible people” within the millions of fans.

This sentiment appears to be echoed by his fans — as many have resurfaced earlier videos showing that the content creator has never specifically encouraged the creation of relationship fanfiction or “CP.”

It remains unclear how satisfied people are with Dream’s response, but the overall sentiment appears to be positive. While it feels unreasonable to expect a creator to be wholly responsible for the actions of their audience, this incident does provide a cautionary tale.

Considering this “disgusting” group of Dream’s stans, the prevailing community critique remains: If you are an influencer, you have some obligation to directly and quickly curtail negative behavior by those you influence.