In 2007, an unassuming, bespectacled Michigan State University freshman named Tyler Oakley posted the first video to his then-new YouTube channel. Ten years later, Oakley is one of the internet’s biggest stars and an iconic member of its LGBTQ community, and his friends and family have taken some time to honor him. To celebrate a decade of his videos, Oakley’s manager Lisa Filipelli put together a supercut that features the best wishes of his YouTuber colleagues, his associates, and his parents.
As the montage begins, Oakley believes he is watching a compilation of notable moments from the history of his channel. Before long, however, Filipelli appears to inform the YouTube star that his friends have some words for him. Oakley’s list of well-wishers includes online video notables like Joey Graceffa, Liza Koshy, Lilly Singh, Zoella, both Vlogbrothers, and his good friend/Psychobabble co-host Korey Kuhl, as well as his mom and dad, his stylist, his publicist, and Filipelli herself.
Oakley is the latest online video star to be feted by his fellows after reaching ten years of service time on YouTube. In 2015, the dynamic duo behind Smosh received that treatment; a few months after that, it was Ryan Higa‘s turn. Oakley, for his own part, is a creator who has steadfastly championed the causes he believes in as well as the online video community at large. He deserves all of the congratulations that come his way, and here at Tubefilter, we’re excited to see what his next ten years bring.