Courteney's appearance all began when one of his vlog squad members turned 23.
The birthday gal was Suzy and she is a massive Friends fan.
The video shows the gang heading to Malibu to check out a "rental house" for Suzy's birthday party – when it was actually Cox's house.
Cue a cake and the big surprise.
We have to say that Courteney looks FAB and Suzy was totally shookth.
The birthday gal took to Instagram to thank David for surprising her.
She wrote: "Hands down, the BEST BIRTHDAY I’ve ever had & all because of @daviddobrik."
"Thank you once again for surprising me with #courteneycox this was honestly a dream come true."
"You never fail to make the people around you happy and filled with love. Yeah .. you’re a little crazy sometimes but, you’re David & cmon, who doesn’t love David??! You gotta be crazy not to love David! Haha! Thank you once again for this AMAZING surprise. I still can’t believe it. I love you so much," she added.
On November 29th, Deborah Ross of The Times wrote what can only be described as a SCATHING article about influencers which began like this;
"I have a dream. It is not a big dream. I am not Martin Luther King. I only do dreams on a small scale, so it is a small-scale dream and my small-scale dream is this: might there be any way we could do a find and replace on the word “influencer” so it is replaced by “detestable freeloader” wherever it appears? So we all know what, in fact, we are dealing with."
Yikes. To add to the drama-fest, YouTuber and Blogosphere's Influencer of the Year 2018 Melanie Murphy has responded.
We have to say, Murphy makes some noteworthy points;
Starting off her 13-minute YouTube video with a cool "Okay Deborah, calm down", she proceeds to explain the hypocrisy behind Ross' points with a level of clarity which is hard to deny.
Ross essentially slated influencers in her article, describing them as 'detestable freeloaders', essentially people who deserve to be hated because they receive complimentary items and give nothing in return.
Murphy responds by issuing the point that the media in general is funded by advertising and marketing, for example, on the bottom of Ross' article had a sponsored post, without which the article possibly would never have been read.
Promotion and marketing absolutely surrounds us, from celebrities such as David Beckham for Adidas, Beyoncé for Pepsi, Justin Timberlake for McDonalds, Jessica Simpson for WeightWatchers, Brad Pitt for whatever cologne he's feeling that day, Julia Roberts for Lancôme, Hannah Witton for PlayStation, Holly Willoughby for Marks & Spencer etc etc.
It's inescapable. However, just because they receive free objects doesn't mean that they give nothing in return.
The issue which Murphy takes with Ross' article is the sheer hypocrisy as well as the generalisations which she makes. She places every influencer in the same category, when many of them promote noble causes such as LGBT+ charities and organisations, cruelty-free and paraben-free beauty products, health foods, nutrition, sexual health organisations, disability and accessibility rights, chronic pain activists, and more.
Jameela Jamil's i_Weigh movement has become hugely successful, and empowers people to weigh themselves on their overall worth as a person rather than their body mass index. Jamil suffered from an eating disorder for years, and now uses promotion and Instagram to create a unified group of people who value and respect themselves. She also is a major campaigner for banning airbrushing.
Melanie Murphy claims that every successful creative has the support of brands behind them, and receive freebies. Many of them self-fund their projects, and use the money for other causes, others simply give away any freebies which they receive.
Murphy also points out that just because they gain complimentary products does not mean that those people aren't extremely hardworking. Many influencers balance their life online with their family and a side-job.
"95% of what I show, what I wear, I pay for myself," she claims. Through advertising and word of mouth, companies can use influencers for their branding, but this doesn't undermine the level of thought which goes into choosing which brands to work with.
Murphy works with Always pads to talk openly about periods, Barclays, who sponsor Pride, a show which explores bisexuality, PicMonkey, Wella for hair dyes which work against allergies, Holland and Barrett for cruelty-free health and nutrition products.
Numerous influencers and their agents are hugely picky about who they work with, the brands must make sense for the influencers for them to collaborate with them.
"I'm always so bloody proud of my paid-for content, always. The money these brands pay me enables me to write a novel and work on more artsy things like short films which I invest in myself but don't get money back."
According to the Youtuber, the media wouldn't survive without branding and advertisements. From YouTubeads to websites, podcasts, radio, television, newspapers and magazines, advertising is saturated in our industry.
For Deborah Ross to call followers of influencers 'morons' is entirely unfair, from Melanie's point of view;
"Under-researched drivel such as this which contributes to the negative rhetoric that surrounds bloggers and influencers, thousands of hard-working people. Some of which juggle a family or another job."
Many believe for Ross to declare that influencers have done nothing to merit this lifestyle is flawed and reductive, Murphy herself demonstrates a great engagement because of how she chooses brands to work with;
"I never try sneak anything in, I'm never shady. I am lucky and I'm very grateful, I don't swan around."
Lastly, Murphy places emphasis on the fact that YouTubeis a community which supports one another, they collaborate and shout each other out and lift each other up. In the journalism industry, there is minimal collaboration and no support between competing publications;
"You sit and write and you get aid to do that, there was a time where people would scoff at your job and say that that's not a real job. We actually support each other. You're not going to see The Times supporting an article from another publication."
She describes the loneliness which perpetuates society, and how YouTube can be used as escapism, or for self-help, for comedy, entertainment, advice or even just to connect;
"A lot of people are lonely and it's a beautiful thing to be able to connect with people through words through a lens. Families are smaller, the Church has collapsed, community has gone to shit. I feel like through my monthly blogs I encourage people to connect with their real-life friends and family"
As Murphy points out, building a following of thousands or millions doesn't just happen for no reason.
'Detestable freeloaders' aren't just empty vessels of advertisers; they're entertainers, they're singers, actors, writers, comedians, models, creatives, editors, lighting experts, agents and so much more.
The tob earning Youtube channels currently are Ryan ToysReview, Jake Paul, Dude Perfect, DanTDM, Jeffree Star, VanossGaming, VanossGaming and Logan Paul. Yep, the one who filmed a dead body.
Ryan, of Ryan ToysReview, has over 17 million followers and almost 26 billion views. Oh, and he’s also seven years old. The child millionaire earned most of his money from adverts shown before his videos.
Wow…2018 is a wild ride. Baby millionaires, people who film dead bodies earning a fortune and video-gamers forking in €14 million from their laptops.
The band, comprising of Conor Adams and Lar Kaye, are signed with Warner Music, and have also decided to gift us with another forthcoming album track ‘Warm Crush’ as well as a skeletal acoustin version of Infinite Swim.
These lads just keep on giving.
Infinite Swim was produced by All Tvvins' friend and collaborator, the amazing James Vincent McMorrow, so it's sure to be a banger...
The album process was kick-started by McMorrow, who contacted the boys about working on a new track together. 'Twould be hard to say no.
The internet is a weird and wonderful place, and from fan fiction about your favourite boy band to flat earth conspiracy theories, everyone can find a little slice of strange internet culture to call home.
YouTube plays host to some of the most popular content on the world wide web, and among the Gucci bag unboxings and clickbait storytime videos, there are niche communities of viewers following creators who talk about true crimes that shook society.
The creators ensure that their videos are educational, not exploitative of the victims and their families, and tell the stories of real horror that men, women and families have faced throughout history. Here's a roundup of the crime documenters we're following this Halloween:
Kendall Rae is one of the OG True Crime Youtubers. She has discussed many cases of strange disappearances, and has covered solved mysteries and conspiracy theories. She also discusses crimes like hazing and stalking.
Most notably, Kendall has a series called Where Is? which focuses on missing people.
Through this series, Kendall promotes a line of merchandise, and 100% of the profits from the sale of the merchandise goes to Thorn – a project set up by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher which focuses on creating new and innovative technology to combat the world of child sex trafficking.
Eleanor started out online as a beauty blogger, creating stunning makeup looks on her channel.
The 19-year-old then branched into making true crime videos, compiling all of the informations he could source on a criminal case, and brining it into the public eye via her channel, which boasts 271,000 followers.
She specialises in solved cases, bringing the viewer full circle through a murder case and out the other side. She also runs a humour channel at Eleanor Neale 2.
Caitlin is a psychology student based in the UK, and while she does explore true crime on her channel, a stand out element of her content is her series on unethical psychological experiments which have been conducted throughout history.
Cailtlin has covered Milgram's Obedience Study, The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment and The Minnesota Starving Experiment so far, along with notorious murder cases of serial killers like H.H.Holmes and the Oakland County child killer.
If you need a little lift after all the horror, Caitlin also makes vlogs about university, college advice videos and fashion content.
The Mile Higher Podcast hosted by husband and wife duo Josh Thomas and Kendall Rae, whose name you may recognise from earlier.
The videos are shot podcast style, with Kendall and Josh discussing topics into microphones.
The couple mostly focus on scary conspiracy theories like the legitimacy of the moon landing and the death of Princess Diana, but they also talk in depth about mysterious deaths and famous missing cases.
Danelle specialises in raising awareness for missing people through her YouTube videos.
She runs a specific Missing Persons series which talks viewers through the last few days of a person missing under mysterious circumstances, and gives her followers the right contact information so if they know anything about the victim, they can get in touch with authorities.
Danelle has also created a Jane and John Doe series, in which she describes Jane and John Doe cases to her viewers, hoping someone will recognise these poor deceased individuals so that they can be named and reunited with their families.
You might remember them as your favourite brother-sister duo on TV: Josh and Megan.
We obsessed over Megan's evil tricks, and laughed at her and Josh's family dynamic all the way throughout our own childhoods.
You also probably still remember Josh’s iconic hushed whisper of “Megan….” whenever she played one of her iconic pranks on his character in the Nickelodeon show Drake and Josh.
This video by Los Angeles vlogger David Dobrik showing the two reuniting will honestly make you explode with nostalgia.
In the video, Dobrik is seen telling Josh Peck that he has a present “from Josh’s sister”, meaning Megan, of course.
After opening the gift from his little sis, Peck’s face was met with a pan full of whipped cream. Clearly, Miranda Cosgrove wasn’t finished playing pranks on her gullible Drake & Josh big bro. Never change, Megan, you evil genius.
Shane Dawson is quickly becoming the king of Youtube documentary, or as it's known docuseries.
Shane's intimate style of storytelling, relatability and empathetic approach to Bunny Meyer (grav3yardgirl) and the queen, Jeffree Star, earned him millions upon millions of views.
Fans ranted and raved about just how good the series had been, and it's true, Shane captured and exposed the beautiful human side of the highly successful Youtubers and reminded us all, that they were in fact, human.
So it has absolutely floored us that the 30-year-old has missed the mark so badly with the Jake Paul series.
It has nothing to do with Jake Paul himself, but rather the way Shane approaches mental health, and in particular sociopaths.
Shane has released four of the eight part series and while a lot of people have said his latest video completely turned the series around – the aroma of the sh*t show he caused, still lingers.
The biggest question mark is that Shane is very open with his own battles with his mental health – so why on earth would he want to add to the stigma surrounding mental health?
Jake Paul series by Shane Dawson is bothering me bc of how theyre throwing around the ideology of him being a Sociopath assuming its a definite construct when the whole mechanics of the diagnoses of mental'disorders' as a distinct category is based off assumptions & research bias
I understand that he has said it's for entertainment purposes, but mental health shouldn't be glossed up with some Hollywood drama.
Anyone who lives with a mental health disorder knows the reality of their disorder – unglamorous, unapologetic and relentless.
And, when you're talking about mental health, you have a responsibility to report it accurately and with sensitivity.
“Do sociopaths have a heart?” “I don’t believe so” Chilling that a PRACTICING THERAPIST @KatiMorton had this conversation with @shanedawson in the new episode? Literally dehumanising patients she could be treating and demonising a whole demographic of ill, vulnerable people?
The third part of the series, titled: The Dark Side of Jake Paul, Shane simply relies on videos that have been uploaded to Youtube to prove a point, he uses clips and Instagram images of Logan and Jake Paul to fit the narrative of a sociopath.
The therapist Kati Morton creates this monster like image of sociopaths, it really demonises a serious mental health disorder.
why are we pretending shane dawson’s latest video is great for mental health awareness when it literally paints anybody with any traits of a sociopath as being an actual horror movie villain
The real kicker comes as they dramatise and exaggerate the stat that one in 25 are sociopaths. This information has been widely publicised after the book, The Sociopath Next Door was released.
However, in an older edition of a book,DSM-IV, it stated that the prevalence of Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) in a population sample is about 3 percent for males and about 1 percent for females.
Furthermore, the book highlights that just because someone has APD doesn't mean that they are a sociopath.
I love Shane & am trusting him 2 carry out the rest of the series..
I hope he can actually make it clear WHO I AM & WHY I’ve done certain things & SHOW the side of me that no one has ever seen..
That’s why I agreed to do the series.. the “sociopath” STUFF doesn’t interest me
And while I'm a huge fan of Shane and really respect his work – editorially, he's a genius, his edits and montages are some of the best on Youtube.
His latest series has been extremely self-indulgent – you could watch from the Enemies of Jake Paul and skip the first three videos because it's 90 percent of Shane just speculating, with no real evidence.
I would actually advise anyone who hasn't watched the first three – not to bother. – You'll do yourself a favour by missing the demonisation of sociopaths.
If these series have done anything – it's shown us how not to talk about a mental health disorder.