The Rising of Tyler Oakley


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Kate Nickols

Staff Writer

We all know famous internet personalities: Shane Dawson, Dan Howell, Smosh. The newspaper was just lucky enough to get an interview with one of them. Over the course of a week, we have emailed back and forth with internet personality, Tyler Oakley, and have asked him questions on his quick rise to fame and on how it has affected him.

“I started YouTube when I was still in college, in 2007,” he explained, “and I originally hadn’t expected to get any views at all. It was just a fun thing at first, but then my first video got over 50,000 views and I just kind of thought ‘I definitely don’t have that many friends.’ So it didn’t take very long for me to get noticed.”

Oakley had never expected to get as famous as he has become, and boy, has he become famous. When he got around 1 million subscribers, he realized he had some fans and some sort of power.

“I suppose I actually did have some authority, not really of course, but I mean let’s just state the obvious- I kind of created the cool ranch Dorito tacos at Taco Bell.”

After a tweet with Tyler saying he believed cool ranch Doritos tacos were needed, Taco Bell responded with “We’re coming out with a cool, new taco this summer. Hint, hint.”

“That’s when I kind of realized I could actually do things with my personality and my small amount of fame.”

In 2013, when he had gained more subscribers and more followers, Oakley began to get invited to events. He was invited to co-host a weekly internet show called ‘Top That!’ with Becca Frucht  until he left the show in October that same year.

But with being a famous internet personality, he is also a well known LGBTQ (a.k.a. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, and Questioning) activist. Since joining The Trevor Project in 2009, he has interned with them, and gone to the charity’s red carpet event and co-hosted the LIVE event. Even for his birthday in 2013, he raised $29,000 and gave it all to Trevor.

“The problem with people today, is that everyone wants everyone to change. If someone isn’t like everyone else, they’re called names and bullied, pushing them to drastic measures. I support The Trevor Project because they help the suicidal LGBTQ teen community, like, really help them. Being gay myself, this all comes close to heart.”

Now in 2015, Tyler has nearly 6 million YouTube subscribers and the number is only growing.

“I am thankful for all of my fans and followers and applaud them for putting up with me this long. I love and appreciate every one of them.”

And we, his devoted fans and followers, look forward to seeing Tyler’s growing changes and success.