Ironically, YouTube’s annual recap video “YouTube Rewind” has officially become the platform’s most disliked videos ever, dethroning Justin Bieber’s infamous 2010 hit “Baby”.
It has now received more than 10 million dislikes in merely a week since its release on the platform, overtaking Bieber’s hit song which gained less than 10 million dislikes over the course of 8 years.
Since the video was released on 6th December, it has received an enormous amount of backlash and criticisms from critics, YouTubers, and viewers alike, as many felt that the platform had become disconnected from its content creators and users.
One main factor is the exclusion of popular but controversial YouTube personalities, specifically PewDiePie, who has the most subscribers on YouTube – 76 million to be exact.
Other reasons include the inclusion of celebrities and personalities who are not affiliated with YouTube such as Will Smith, John Oliver, Ninja, and Trevor Noah, the overuse of some trends which deemed outdated such as Fortnite, and the lack of tribute to the various major celebrity deaths such as Stephen Hawking, Avicii, XXXTentacion, Mac Miller, and Stan Lee.
Despite the hate, YouTube issued a statement saying they are happy with it. “Every year when we release our Rewind video, our number one goal is getting the community to engage with it.
“This includes liking and disliking the video. With millions of comments, millions of likes and dislikes, and more than 100M views, we’re pleased with the results,” a spokesperson from YouTube told Metro UK.
“YouTube Rewind 2018” includes over 100 YouTube creators, including Marques Brownlee, Liza Koshy, James Charles, Casey Neistat, The Dolan Twins, Ninja, Lilly Singh, Emma Chamberlain, Markiplier, Lachlan, WhinderssonNunes, Fischer’s, Noor Stars, Pautips, and FAP TV.
The video series started in 2010, recapping each year’s viral videos, events, trends, and music.