July 11, 2013
Cakepop said Shay's an extremist.
Okay, I'm glad you said this. When I was trying to get into watching them was when Shay was training for his marathon. Has he gained back the weight he lost? Wasn't it like 100 pounds?
No, he's not gained it all back. At his highest he was around 280. He's right around 215 now. He gained some 25lbs during Christmas which is just unreal. It's crazy how different he looks at his highest and lowest weights.
January 20, 2014
Oh wow. I just went to their channel and, yeah, he even looks different now with the minimal weight gain. It's probably the beard too, because he didn't have that when I was watching. I also didn't know they had another baby. That is a lot of young kids to take care of.
January 5, 2014
OH OH OH!! i wanted to ask if we could start a thread on this family but i am new here.
at first i loved this family, they seemed natural and fun. as the years have gone on i feel like they force things, force the fun. i don't know, they kind of annoy me yet i still watch from time to time.
September 2, 2012
I still watch their videos everyday. Usually it's when I hit a wall with studying and go "Oh, I bet a new video is up. Distraction time."
It's really interesting to see the transformation(s) Shay has gone through. If you watch his interactions with the kids in videos from years past, you see that he used to be the ring leader of the horse play. Now he simply watches, let alone joins in. I know they moved to LA for Maker Studios, etc., but wow has it changed their family dynamic. Viewers know that, too, as their views always skyrocket when they're in Idaho.
I really love Colette, and she has stayed true to herself throughout the five years. Shay, on the other hand, as an extremist, is going so hard and so fast that he's becoming a shell of the big personality that he once was.
I wonder when the kids grow up will they resent their parents for exploiting them and not valuing their right to privacy.
The whole shaytards channel and all those other vloggers who basically just see their kids as cash cows as without them they would just be attention seeking, boring individuals just doesn't sit right. Surely children have a right to online privacy too.
January 20, 2014
I think that is a valid concern. It's no different to parents who pimp their kids out to be child stars, just on a much smaller scale. The kids have to know, at some point, that their parents are using them to make a living.
Every stage parent thinks that their kid will be the one to escape the pitfalls of being a public figure. I don't see how all of the attention and adoration can't affect them. What happens when it goes away? Hopefully they can transition back to being a private family without too many issues. I don't think they're bad people, but I do think Shay's priorities are skewed.
June 13, 2013
I've only watched a couple of minutes of one of their videos and I had to shut it off because they are just way too irritating for me. Also, that unbelievable disgusting thumbnail of their dogs sore on one of their videos was on the side of my youtube account for about two weeks and made me wanna hurl every time I saw it. Because of that I just regard them as gross and annoying.
December 4, 2012
The dad is f**king annoying. I refuse to call them by their stupid nicknames… The mom is beautiful and seems sweet and like a very good and attentive mom.
Back to the nicknames though… da faq? You videotape your kids being BORN but wont say their names on camera? Uhh why? Id much rather the whole world know my kids name then see him or her come out of my vagina. In one video I watched the dads all "I didn't edit out the part in the video where you said your crushes name" to the oldest kid…. so, that's Ok… but knowing his name would be an invasion of privacy? So we're supposed to call your kids suntard and rocktard??? Uhhh no. Just no. FYI, I just started watching them thanks to this thread and already have seen there names posted twice (once in a baby video, hes in the hospital basinet and the card is right behind him.. the other the dad is standing infront of the fridge and the kids "student of the week" paper is on the fridge and in HUGE BOLD letters says her name). I remember seeing them on Anderson but had never wathed the videos.. so.over.the.top. Is it really a video EVERY DAY?
..and do they call the kids these names all the time? what about the kids interacting with eachother? I would throw up if I had to call my brother Rocktard.
July 11, 2013
Originally, the plan was to keep their real names secret in order to protect them. "Tard" comes from a joke that Shay had with some friends. He wore a leotard one time and it evolved into "ShayTard". All their real names are disclosed now – there is no real attempt by friends/family members to keep them under wraps. Their grandparents can often be heard calling them by their real names.
SonTard – Gavin
PrincessTard – Avia
BabyTard – Emmi
RockTard – Brock
BroTard – Daxton
They use their real names in real life, I think. The kids will use both names too. When the camera is on I think they're more used to using the Tard names so that's what you usually hear.
January 22, 2013
They used their real names in the documentary and are much more lax about them now. They call each other their real names when the camera isn't on. It was just in the first few years to protect their privacy, which I can understand.
I have always been a fan of the Shaytards. Bowing out of this thread now as there is no point in me reading or defending the snark!
February 20, 2014
The thing with the names is that the kids (and Colette) had nicknames when they first started putting their lives on Youtube, not knowing how popular they were going to be, or that they were eventually going to daily vlog, etc. They kept up with the nicknames with the additions of Rocktard and Brotard because it was a ~thing~ by that point, but no, the nicknames aren't about privacy anymore because they do use the real names more and more in the vlogs and it takes about a nanosecond of googling to find out the names anyway.
So: originally about privacy, not so much anymore.
I love the Shaytards. Shay can be annoying and his super-religious messages grate on me sometimes but the kids are adorable and they're reason enough for me to keep up with them. I think all in all they're a pretty genuine bunch, and a good example of a functional/happy family for people (especially their younger audience) who might not have that.
December 4, 2012
Thanks Hem Tape… I have to agree that the more I watch I think they are fairly relatable in the sense that they do average things and they seem to be a very close knit family.
I really really cant stand Shay though.
This video made me fall in love with Colette. She seems very down to earth and extremely non judgmental.
I still stand by my statement of "what is it going to do to the kids"? but that goes for pretty much all reality stars/vloggers and bloggers.
February 25, 2014
What bugs me – and first got my attention – was the name. I was watching a video of a special needs daughter of a friend when in the recommended videos on the side was a video by SHAYTARDS that turned out to be Shay playing with the kids and a box. Yeah, yeah I know…it's for unitards. But they wear shoes everyday too, and shirts? Why not the Shayshirts? Because that wouldn't be attention-getting and OMG so silly! What if they called themselves the Shayfags, after fagoting- "a hemstitch with wide spaces" because they like to sew. Would that be okay because the kids are cute and HAHA it's about being silly and protecting their privacy? Everyone knows their names, so there's no need to use names that at first glance they KNOW are going to be offensive to some.
Another thing I don't like is the pushing of Mormonism on innocent young people. When I followed the channel, I noticed that Shay had liked a religious video about how college isn't important. I clicked to see if any of his fans had noticed, and sure enough there were comments like "Shaytards liked this video 5 minutes ago!!!" I'm also pretty sure Shay is a closet case because of his religion. It was more apparent when he was fat for some reason. But when I first saw a video after he'd lost the weight to the point of being unrecognizable after not watching a while and it was him and Collette talking about how they first met, I thought "huh, Collette dated another gay guy before Shay?" Sorry, I don't hate them or think they are evil or anything. Just been holding back those thoughts for a while.