If you are on Facebook then chances are you have heard the name Goubtube. With nearly 1.5 million followers and a string of funny viral videos that have been viewed by millions across the world, he is truly a force to be reckoned with in today’s fast growing world of online ‘video makers’.
But have you also heard the name – Jahannah James?
You see, Jahannah is actually Goubran Bahou’s, (the man behind Goutube), real life girlfriend, but more importantly, she is also his partner in most of his hilarious videos. As a talented actress, radio presenter, internet personality and video maker in her own right, and with nearly 600,000 followers on Facebook, I think it’s safe to say she has proven that women can be funny, successful, smart, as well as drop dead gorgeous all at the same time.
With doing comedy even before they ever met, and despite the fact Goubtube himself always supports his girlfriend and gives her credit where it is due, it is surprising that, for some reason, Jahannah does not always get mentioned when other people write about one of the couple’s viral videos. Almost as if she had nothing to do with the making of them, or perhaps as if she was there only as eye candy.
This happened again today and is what got my feminist bra all in a twist.
You see, I just can’t take the industry’s double standards when it comes to talented women doing their thing, bringing home the bacon and not getting the full recognition they deserve.
News flash – women are funny, and creative, and have something to say, and if you don’t like that, then maybe you can just go find yourself a nice little time machine and fuck off back to the 1950’s.
I am so tired of women getting treated like side kicks.
It actually always makes me laugh when I see big male stars surrounding themselves with lots of beautiful females. It’s almost as if they don’t really trust their own talent and need an army of estrogen to sell whatever it is they are trying to sell. And that, sadly, has become the norm – females are usually half dressed, flashing their tits in the background, looking pretty and increasing sales.
And this is obviously a tool female stars use too.
I see many superbly talented ladies online who have a whole lot to say, use their own looks to reach more people because that’s how shallow our world is. Heck, I do it myself sometimes, (I mean I don’t flash my saggy mommy boobs, but I will make an effort and wash my hair before shooting a new video because I have found that when I look good, more people click on it), and because I want people to listen to what I have to say, (which is normally how I haven’t shaved my legs in a month or how I wear granny pants), I play along, even though I know it is totally stupid and 100% shallow.
And before all the haters tell me to stop being a victim and give me a million examples of successful online female comedians and video makers, let me make it a whole lot easier for you – Laura Clery, Nichole Arbour, Cat&Nat, That’s Inappropriate,Mylifesuckers, Brookelyn, Emma Lou and so many more are proving every day that it is possible to make it in this industry, each in her own unique way and that if you shout loud enough people will eventually start taking notice.
But why do we need to shout?
Why does Jahannah need to message the publications that write about the videos she contributed 50% to making and ask them to kindly mention her by name? Why do they immediately assume that she is in these videos as an ‘assistant’ and not as a co-star? And why is it still so hard for people to believe that women, even beautiful women with big silicon breasts and collagen lips, can be shrewd as hell, have a voice and know exactly where they are headed?
To view Jahannah’s brilliant videos check out her Facebook page.