YouTube Rewind 2019 is here and once again, people 'dislike' it
After last year's YouTube Rewind became the most disliked video in YouTube history, they decided to put controversial YouTuber PewDiePie in the 2019 rewind.....and it did not help.
Well it's that time of the year again- fun, festivities....and YouTube Rewind. Well, if that sentence didn't come out nicely, that's because the reception to this year's rewind hasn't been very kind either.
YouTube released its year-in-review video on Thursday as part of its annual tradition of highlighting the year's biggest trends and creators on the platform. Last year’s Rewind video caused uproar, with creators and fans accusing it of being too corporate, highlighting brands and celebrities instead of the platform’s actual community. Which became the most disliked YouTube video with 17M dislikes.
This year YouTube tried to make amends by sort of apologising and opening the video with clips of YouTubers cringing at last year’s video. The rest of the video returns to the straightforward top ten, highlighting creators, music videos, and other staples. But the YouTube community still doesn't seem too happy.
At the time of writing, the 2019 YouTube Rewind has amassed 4.5M dislikes compared to 1.3M likes.
The comments section, as usual, is gold.
The top comment by Brady BadlyAnimates says that this video is just a Watchmojo video without the voice over, with several other roasting YouTube for 'not trying at all this year'.
.....and they're not completely wrong. Though there are no cameos of mainstream celebs doing Fortnite flossing, it feels like a bunch of top 10 videos edited over some pop hits. It's like a rapid-fire clip show of the most watched stuff.
One thing that is back in this year's review is one of the biggest and most controversial YouTubers, Felix aka PewDiePie. After he made some Nazi jokes in his videos in 2017, he was PNG’d from mainstream promotion by YouTube, which in turn made him "something of an anti-'political correctness' mascot on the platform".
But then YouTube and PewDiePie made peace and his wedding became one of the most watched videos of the year. He even received a plaque and letter of congratulations from YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki.
There is some #IndiaRepresent in the video as well. With T-Series and Dhvani Bhanushali's 'Vaaste' making it to the top 10 music videos this year; and two iterations of 'O Saki Saki' made it to the top 10 dance choreography videos.
In India, the top trending video was CHOTU KE GOLGAPPE by Khandeshi Movies, and the top trending music video was Rowdy Baby from the movie Maari 2.
Watch the 2018 YouTube Rewind here: