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Some of the worst decisions people make involve when, where and why they take off their clothes. But that doesn’t seem to be a huge concern for YouTube user Chris3ff and the vloggers participating in his Naked Vlog Campaign.
As of writing, Chris3ff has located at least 125 videos. (edit: 600+ as of this date) My first reaction when hearing about this concept was, “Wow, we’ve discovered a way to make vlogging even more exhibitionist.” But what’s interesting about these vlogs is that many participants, normally so comfortable on camera, clearly find the experience a little disconcerting.
Of course, those from different planets seem to have no trouble whatsoever stripping down.
The guys seem to feel slightly more comfortable going sans garments (perhaps because a head-and-shoulders camera framing puts them in much less danger of violating TOS). Here,BilliLovesMargot performs an homage to the D’Angelo video “How Does It Feel”.
Not all of the men participating are so excited about taking it off. But Nalts’s round-up of this meme is comprehensive and fun — plus, naked Nalts, which is certainly not something you see every day (unless, I assume, you are Mrs. Nalts).
As Dinzla admits at one point, “I think this naked vlogging thing is kind of fun to do, because, well, anyone can do it. We all have a body and the only thing keeping you from revealing your body is you.” Of course, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. But there’s something compelling about watching people normally so comfortable with exposing their emotions expose their bodies — or their bare shoulders, at least.
I wonder how longtime fans of the vloggers feel after watching the videos. After all, once you’ve seen someone naked, your relationship has totally changed..