Superwoman Lilly Singh has called for a kind of self-regulation, both among content generators and consumers
She stated that her content is “non-offensive” and that Indian parents generally like her shows
She was recently appointed as Unicef’s newest Goodwill Ambassador
New Delhi, July 19, 2017: At a time when the debate on censorship — on TV and the social media — is at an all-time high, one of the most popular faces on YouTube has called for a kind of self-regulation, both among content generators and consumers.
Referring to her work as “non-offensive”, Indo-Canadian YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka Superwoman), who was recently appointed as Unicef’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, claimed that she has never faced government intervention in her work.
“There are certain things you cannot put on YouTube, certain content you cannot post on your channel, and you have to play by those rules because that is not your platform. So, ultimately, I think if you are doing things in the public eye, you do have to play by some rules,” the popular figure, who was ranked No.1 on Forbes Magazine’s Top Influencers List in the entertainment category last month, told IANS in an interview here.
But the larger question that continues to haunt the creative fraternity is whether there is need for censorship on creative freedom or not. Singh said that “it depends” from case to case.
While she makes music videos and the platform (YouTube) is owned by Google, she must adhere to its rules. At the same time, she seemed to suggest a mid-way formula to resolve the censorship crisis.
“I always believed that you should come up (with content) which you love… If you watch something and that offends you I do believe that you should just watch something that does not offend you,” Singh, who enjoys a stunning total of over 11 million YouTube subscribers, maintained.
She also reiterated the fact that her content is “non-offensive” and that Indian parents generally like her shows.
However, Singh chose to remain quiet on the ongoing controversy around the legal trouble that AIB’s Tanmay Bhatt has landed in after releasing a meme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a Snapchat dog filter.
She said that gender inequality is one of the core issues that she would love to see improve in societies across the globe. She suggested that it is high time that people began to question traditions that impose gender inequality among societies.
“I also think that accepting people for their sexual, economic, social preferences in every country is something that can be improved as well,” she added.
The actor also expressed her desire to play the character of any female superhero.
“In fact ‘Wonder Woman’ broke box office records because it was directed by a female and led by a female. It is a very good testament to the fact that there should be more,” she added.
Singh has featured in popular films like “Dr. Cabbie” and “Bad Moms”. This year, she has also released her international and New York Times bestselling book “How To Be A Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life”, and was also recently cast in HBO’s film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”. (IANS)
Mumbai: Becoming a part of the YouTube FanFest, the popular Indo-Canadian online personality Lilly Singh, also known by her YouTube username IISuperwomanII, will be flying down here on March 18 and entertaining with her bundle of talent.
YouTube along with Branded Ltd announced the return of the festival, which brings together established and emerging YouTube stars from India and around the world with fans, to Mumbai via a statement on Thursday. The fest is coming back to India for the third time.
It will be held at Dome @ NSCI, SVP Stadium here.
The line-up features over 35 popular YouTube stars from around the world, including Lilly, Connor Franta, All India Bakchod, SANAM, Kanan Gill and Biswa Kalyan Rath, East India Comedy, Bryden-Parth Music, Abish Mathew, Kaushal, Kenneth Sebastian, and Kurt Hugo Schneider.
Along with the entertainment factor, over 5,000 fans will get a chance to meet the stars.
Schneider is “pumped” about coming back to Mumbai for “the third YouTube FanFest. The fans are some of the best in the world and I’m excited to perform for them again”.
Franta said: “This will be my first time taking part in the YouTube FanFest in India and I am beyond excited. If the energy is the same as the other FanFests, it’s going to be an amazing evening”.
Gautam Anand, director of content and operations, YouTube Asia-Pacific, said: “We’re delighted to host YouTube FanFest again in India for the third time to celebrate this new generation of YouTube stars and welcome some of our most popular global YouTube stars back to India.” (IANS)
New York: Popular Indo-Canadian online personality and comedienne Lilly Singh, also known as Superwoman, has won an award for the ‘Best First-Person Series’, a media report said.
Beating four other online personalities, Singh won the ‘Streamy Award’ at the VH1’s ‘5th Annual Streamy Awards’ function that was held in Los Angeles on September 17, India-West online portal reported on Friday.
Born to parents originally from Punjab, Lilly Singh is strongly connected to her Punjabi heritage. The “rapper”, “entertainer”, “vlogger” and “motivational speaker” holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York University. In her YouTube channel – ||Superwoman||, she speaks mostly on daily issues faced by the youth –especially today’s average Punjabi youth– and holds a comic, yet humanitarian approach to various topics. The comedienne who sports tattoos in the Punjabi script on her left and right wrist reading Nirbhau (without fear) and Nirvair (without hate), has in her interview with People magazine, spoken about her long period of depression and how she started making videos as a process of self-healing and to make others feel happier.
“Feeling so blessed and grateful for winning Best First Person Series at the #Streamys tonight,” Singh tweeted after receiving the award.
“I’ve got to thank Team Super, my fans — you are the most loyal, dedicated, passionate, wonderful people. For my friends, my family, my parents, who let me not be a doctor—a thank you,” she was quoted as saying in an 11-second acceptance speech video.
The 26-year-old was also nominated for the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award but lost to 21-year-old Cameron Dallas of Chino Hills, California.
On September 11, Singh entertained her fans at ‘YouTube FanFest Australia’ by performing on her songs “LEH” and “IVIVI” to a full house at Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney.
After beginning her YouTube channel in October 2010, her videos have gathered over 730 million views and her channel has over six million subscribers.