Viral YouTube family, Shaytards, discuss Mormon faith

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  • aggie1994 Logan, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 8:05 p.m.

    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.

  • Kjirstin Youngberg Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    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?

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Oct. 17, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    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..

  • Anonyme Orem, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    I think it's "Colette," not "Collete."

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    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

  • TJ411 Saratoga Springs, UT
    Sept. 14, 2013 12:09 a.m.

    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?

  • twinfallsid TWIN FALLS, ID
    Sept. 11, 2013 7:11 a.m.

    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.

  • klg89 Milwaukie, OR
    Sept. 10, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    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.

  • Fred Vader Oklahoma City, OK
    Sept. 10, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    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.

    Sept. 10, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    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!

  • mattmo Gallatin, MO
    Sept. 9, 2013 8:11 p.m.

    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.

  • steph-uk Birmingham, West M
    Sept. 9, 2013 6:19 p.m.

    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.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 9, 2013 4:47 p.m.

    Shaytards?? Oh dear...