The Mundane World of Jeffree Star
03 October 2019
After many months and no shortage of anticipation, Shane Dawson's new docu-series titled, 'The Beautiful World of Jeffree Star' has finally dropped. The series has received high praise from fans, but is it really all that great?
Very few creators on YouTube are capable of generating the same buzz and build-up for a video series as Shane Dawson can. Shane may not upload frequently to the video sharing platform, as he did in his earlier days online, but what he is known for, is delivering high production quality videos that clearly took a lot of time and effort, not only to film, but also to edit. Unfortunately, I personally do not believe that the quality of the content matches up to the quality of the production value, at least not for Shane's latest installment.
I have always liked Shane Dawson, and I've always found both his personality and his content to be amusing. But for me, his documentary type videos have always been a bit of a slippery slope. I will admit, I have not watched all of his docu-series videos, there are many of them, and some are certainly much better than others, but this recent Jeffree Star video really hasn't impressed me much at all. Yes, his production value is great. Yes, he has a great on-camera personality. But the video lacks actual content. It's all bones and no meat, and for a video that runs an hour in length, I find that to be extremely disappointing.
I am not joking when I say that the main thing I took away from this latest Shane Dawson video, is the fact that Shane is afraid of flying. It was honestly the only thing about the video that stands out in my mind when I think back. The video teases a lot of what is to come, but never actually dives into any of those topics. The drama is left out almost entirely, and instead, we get what is essentially a sixty minute vlog rather than an hour long intriguing look into the life and drama surrounding one of YouTube's most controversial creators.
There was a fair amount of time spent focusing on how rich Jeffree was. Lots of flashy things were shown off, and a big point was made of him having bodyguards who 'shoot to kill'. But at the end of the day, none of this is all that surprising. It's not unusual for celebrities to have bodyguards, private planes, or fancy jewellery. I saw a lot of people on Twitter saying that the video had made them cry and that it was amazing and lived up to the hype, but I honestly couldn't disagree more with those people. I found the video to be pretty uninspiring and just all around disappointing. As I already said, it lacked substance.
I like Shane Dawson, and I don't want anyone to take this as me hating on the man, because I genuinely have a lot of respect for him. I just hope that part two of the series, which is set to release this Friday, has more meat on those bones, because part one was certainly lacking.