I've been avoiding watching that video on purpose because nothing that a bunch of straight white people who know literally nothing about the complexities of fandom or rpf have to say is going to change my mind about it. But I watched it because I think it's an interesting discussion, even though the phandom is a little different regarding rpf in this case, and as I said, I've already made up my mind.
The first few minutes of this video were extremely hard to get through. The whole thing left a really sour taste in my mouth (which I expected it to tbh), and I had to watch a cute video to cleanse my palate because christ, I'm exhausted by those kinds of attitudes.
I will say that Jack seemed to be more respectful than not through the video (despite the blatantly homophobic comments but I'll talk about that later), though I think he was missing the mark at points. I also have to agree with @fieldoflovers that h3h3 were putting words into his mouth and manipulating what he was saying to make fans look even worse which is just shitty, and that the reaction bit is worthy of several eye rolls.
What part does the creative corner play within a fandom? Why is it good/bad to have this part of a fandom, and how does it influence the real person and their success?
A fandom isn't going to thrive without people creatively contributing to it. Sure basic discussion is a part of it, but discussion =/= longevity. There are fandoms who haven't been given new content in years to talk about that are large and thriving because of the people who make fic and art. Creativity is the backbone of a fandom that lasts more than it's initial blip of popularity (and some fandoms don't even have popularity to get started and stay thriving! They just thrive off of the community and the creative contributions that come with it!). I've been in a few past fandoms that are barely fandoms anymore, and the reason that they 'died' is because there weren't enough people contributing creatively to the community and keeping it alive. Without the added interest in fanworks, how is a fandom supposed to live the way it did in its heyday when there's no new canon?
The second part of this question is interesting because I recently joined a fandom that's so private and kept under wraps to essentially preserve the careers of the people the fandom is about incase anything were to happen if certain sources were to stumble upon the fanworks (or the guys themselves because they are not short of googling themselves and uh, that would be interesting to say the least). In this case, it has a lot to do with integrity within the (traditional) media and politics instead of just being a youtuber, so I'd say the stakes are a bit higher in this specific case (though I will say it's definitely not the norm). Regardless of that, due to the way the interests of teens and women are treated, in certain view points, it can 'tarnish' a career. However, the actions of fans and fandoms are never enough to have a hugely negative impact someone's career. I mean, when was the last time you heard about someone's career flopping because of their fanbase? I think in some cases the way a person acts with their fanbase can positively influence their career by giving them the reputation of being kind to the people who make their livelihood possible. But I suppose that's a whole other conversation.
How are D&P handling their creative community compared to Jack, and compared to other YouTubers?
Maybe this is just me but as someone who believes that they're in a relationship, I think it helps them maintain their glass closet, and function within a glass closet. I can't remember where or who made this post I saw awhile back (I just don't want to claim this thought as my own), but it basically said that they (deppy) don't have much of an issue with shippy and/or explicit fanart and fic and a community where the majority believes they're in a relationship because people (the patriarchy) turn their noses up at the interests of young women, teens, and queer people. So it's kind of a safe space for them to be hiding their relationship but also in a sense not hiding, to the people who care enough to look a little closer. I mean, they wrote fics themselves and published them in their book. And they've stated numerous times that they don't care about people's shippy fanworks. But then we also have things like the tumblr tag videos and ii consistently mentioning how weird fic is which kind of makes a mockery of it all. Deppy aren't perfect but they're definitely doing a fuck of a lot better than most bigger youtubers regarding their fandoms and the shipping culture within them.
To what extend are the opening remarks about sodomy problematic or homophobic?
This was the hardest bit of the video for me to get through. And it's the beginning of the fucking thing. It's homophobia disguised as a joke that could easily be passed off as "ha you're just soft and taking it the wrong way! look at what I said about it not being wrong here! I'm not homophobic at all!" ...yeah, you are. Anal/oral sex is still sex. Straight people can "commit sodomy" by the modern definition they chose to read out. But it's gay so it must be sodomy huh? And it must be said in a tone that mocks and degrades it to something that's gross and wrong when it's between two men. Idk I don't have another answer besides that it's loosely disguised homophobia that they won't be call out on because of tone and quick comments in between the jokes that excuse it and follow the same lines of the 'I'm sorry you're hurt by what I did' excuse.
Jack and H3H3 accuse (for the lack of a better term) the fans of overstepping a line, but have they overstepped a line by invading fan space?
lol I feel like I've had this discussion a millions times in several other fandoms (and I mean, obviously in this one too), but the fandom is not for the creator, it's for fans. I don't give a fuck if they're an online personality or a traditional celeb or whatever, if you're creating something and you have a fanbase that makes art and shit about your stuff don't go into that community because you want to know what's up or you're a narcissist. Fan spaces are called fan spaces for a reason. I'm sure most of the people here would be appalled if they found out deppy read idb regularly. Idk I'm a huge fan of the fourth wall, and I think that unless the fan themselves decides to link their art or whatever to the creator (which uh...certain things can slide in this category to me while others very much don't) then that's fine but if the creator themselves is looking through fan spaces they're most certainly crossing a line.
Which measures can we - the readers and writers - take to avoid the real person's discomfort? What measures can the real person take?
Don't tag the person in your shippy fanworks. Just don't. There's no reason for you to make them aware of it. Also don't send it to their partners/relatives *cough*. If the fanworks are something the creator has expressed disscontempt towards, private that shit. There's a reason ao3 has the option of making fics unavailable to anyone without an account and there's a reason why you can have private tumblrs/twitters/instagrams. And the real person can stop googling themselves to start. They can get their heads out of fandom spaces and focus on providing content/doing their jobs so the fanbase can keep living instead of feeling alienated. They can make a statement about things they've seen that make them uncomfortable and then they can choose to ignore stuff.
I feel like I could go on, but those are my thoughts right now and it's getting late in my timezone so I'm going to check out before I say anything really silly.