I’m taking photos of two cuties waiting for hugs and Tim Tams.
Teenagers line the pathway around the Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park waiting to meet their idols. There are no squeals, no pandemonium, no ambulance ready in case someone starts hyperventilating. It is a clean, sunny Saturday in Sydney and I feel like an old impostor. I am also above 30, and I start to feel I should know better.
“But who are they?!” a 30-year-old woman asks me in a North American accent.
Before I can answer, a pretty, young brunette in a white dress turns to say, with the tired wisdom of a teenager, “They’re YouTubers!”
I was introduced to smooth-skinned Davey Wavey many years ago. He was, and still is, famous for being shirtless in his videos. Nearing 80,000 followers, Davey Wavey coaches on life, relationships and fitness. I remember a funny story he shared about perving on a neighbour in Canada; another video tells how to achieve a six-pack, sans shirt.
Tyler Oakley, 24, is the rockstar of the two with more than 2 million followers on his YouTube channel. His fans take their turn to approach him, squirming like excited puppies. Some look as if they might eat him alive. Controlled mania. Just one fangirl seemed overwhelmed by the occasion, shaking uncontrollably after Oakley hugged her and posed for a picture.
When the Queen receives flowers from fans, she hands them to someone. I often wonder where they go. Do they see the light of a room in a vase? Or, do they scan them for danger? Bugs, poison… ?
The fair-haired cutie, Tyler, given Tim Tams by a fan, put them down next to many other gifts, smiled gratefully and said, “I’ve eaten so much of these. I’m gonna get fat when I get home. Thank you.” Has anyone shown him how to do the Tim Tam Slam, when you bite the corners and use it as a straw for hot drinks so it melts in your mouth?
As for Canadian Davey Wavey, with his fitness regime I’m not sure he’s allowed to eat the addictive chocolate biscuits. They should join up and YouTube that. I could show them. – Report and photos by Mart Basa