I just wanted to throw it out there that the Shaytards isn't meant to be
rude or demeaning. If you watch their videos, they explain that someone else
came up with "Shaytards" years ago because Shay's first video was
of him dancing in the living room in his wife's old unitard. It is not
short for retard, or anything like that. They have said time and time again that
they wish they would've had a different name because some are offended by
it, but that was just a nickname given to them that stuck.
Brahmabull, while I agree with your main point, I would also like to point out
that this is a HUGE world. Many people are seeking things, and don't know
where to find them. I firmly believe in these last days, YouTube was given to us
to serve as a missionary tool. If you have something "virtuous, lovely, or
of good report, or praiseworthy" sharing it on YT may be the PERFECT forum.
Perhaps you should record and post your own testimony? You neven know whose life
you may touch. A man I know in Pakistan has electricity only two
hours per day. While he uses it for many necessary things, he also sets up his
old computer and watches YouTube videos of people in other countries,
particularly the USA. Would you deny him this one small pleasure?
Anybody who watches what another family does on youtube really needs to find a
real hobby. Are there really that many people who have nothing better to do then
watch somebody else? come on, play a sport, go on a hike, ride a bike, go on
walk, live your own life. Don't watch somebody else live theirs while you
waste your valuable time watching them do it. It is a silly article, and I
can't believe they have any followers..
I think it's "Colette," not "Collete."
These are the most adorable Mormon family I've ever seen. Also, I love how
the dad bears his testimony and explains both the Restoration AND the Plan of
Salvation while shaving. Like a boss. LOL
I did not think this family was LDS or at least it appeared to be losing its
importance to them. Some of their videos, the subject matter and language, were
less than inspiring, to put it kindly. I quit watching. Maybe they have returned
to or have a renewed commitment to their faith? Shay certainly looks a lot
different than when I was watching. Perhaps this is in tune with such a change?
Even if "tard" is a reference to leotard, they might want to re-think
that name. When looking at that word, people don't automatically think,
"Oh, leotard of course." First impressions mean a lot.
Fred, in response to your thoughts about the "tard" name I must jump in
for a moment. I would say I'm a faithful Shaytards viewer and have been
watching for about four years. The origin of their name has come up quite a few
times, and they have relayed their story and the reasoning behind the name each
time. From what I recall, ShayCarl came up with the name in one of his first
videos when he was wearing a leotard. From there the name sort of stuck and
that is where the ending of the names came from, e.g., Sontard, Princesstard,
etc. The name was absolutely never meant as an offense, nor has it been
carelessly thrown out there. If you were to watch even one of their videos, I
do not believe you would think for one second that these are the kind of people
to do such a thing.I am so sorry you have experience bullying in
your life. I have myself as well and know it is nothing to make light of. I
hope this may help clarify for you just a bit.
DNews? How long are you going to ignore my earlier comment?Because
they are members of the Church and their YouTube show is "funny" its ok
to do an article about them, even though they use disparaging and hurtful titles
for their show (i.e. Shay "tard")?What if their show name
was the Shay "N-word"? Would that be just as funny and printable?Having been bullied much of my life and called "tard" because of
a mental medical issue, I can tell you personally that it is not funny, nor does
it represent the values of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.But keep ignoring my posts and thinking that making fun of mentally and
physically challenged people is funny.
mattmo, since you list your home as Gallatin, MO, and brought up the subject of
getting along, you might be interested in the following: years ago, we had the
opportunity of touring the state archives in Jefferson City, MO. Our guide
presented us with a copy of the order rescinding Governor Boggs' infamous
extermination order, and expressed thanks for the missionaries (my sister and
brother-in-law were among them) who were assisting to microfilm state records.
He stated there was no way the State of Missouri could do it alone, and observed
that, in spite of disagreements in the past, we (LDS and Missourians) were now
working together. Seems like there's hope for us yet!
I just had this conversation with someone in prison where I work. My youngest
son just went to the Temple last Friday and your comment was the very same as
mine, "What a glorious day" Thanks for being real and keeping it real.
We are all bros and sistas why can't we just get along.
I religiously watch the Shaytards (see what I did there) and this video was so
great. Well done Shay for still going ahead and telling everyone what we believe
even though you've mentioned it many a time and had all the
internet-negativity. Also well done to the people watching and commenting that
didn't go crazy on account of the religious discussion. There are level
headed people out there who can give respect to others of different mindsets.
Shaytards?? Oh dear...