Netflix’s ‘Chasing Cameron’ proves disappointing

May 18, 2017 — by Esha Lakhotia and Muthu Palaniappan

With over 19 million followers on Instagram, 5.5 million subscribers on YouTube and 10 million followers on Twitter, 22-year-old internet star Cameron Dallas, now living in Los Angeles, has a massive fanbase.

In December, Dallas partnered with Netflix and released “Chasing Cameron,” a 10-episode series giving a behind-the-scenes look of his life.

Dallas grew to fame on Vine, an app where users shared and watched funny 6-second videos. He quickly rose to fame as he got more and more popular with his comedy videos. He and seven other teen comedian internet stars, including Shawn Mendes and Nash Grier, then went on to be a part of the Meet and Greet Convention (MAGCON), where they toured together around the world and created content together.

However, as the group got older, they decided to split as their career goals diverged. Dallas continued touring with a new group of boys, now focusing on YouTube rather than Vine, a different content platform.

This is the premise of the Netflix Original: showing the audience Dallas’s journey through MAGCON and how he moved on from the group.

Despite the anticipation, the show was met with criticism and viewers were extremely disappointed with “Chasing Cameron.” The series received a 4/10 rating from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and an embarrassing 1/5 from Common Sense Media.

One of the biggest flaws with Dallas’s show is the over dramatization of events. For instance, in a majority of the episodes, Dallas or another one of the boys in his group is shown crying or complaining over trivial problems, such as knowing what to say to their fans in real life. Although that may be the reality of their lives, it seemed staged to boost the show’s ratings.

Along with this flaw, the show makes the environment around Dallas and his friends seem incredibly hectic, although all they are doing is meeting their fans.

Everything seems very unrealistic and only set up to create drama for the cameras.

The ridiculous show leaves fans wondering how Dallas even became famous. It seems Dallas’s biggest problem in life is fangirls becoming a security threat. They never show him studying or discussing anything meaningful other than how much money and fans he has accumulated.

The show is not only unrealistic but teaches the millions of children who watch it unethical morals, revealing how fame can negatively affect a person.