YouTube Announces There Will Be No Rewind for 2020: 'It Doesn't Feel Right'

On Thursday, YouTube announced that it would cancel its annual yearly review "Rewind," because it doesn't feel appropriate.

About Rewind this year.

— YouTube (@YouTube) November 12, 2020

"Since 2010, we've ended the year with Rewind: a look back at the year's most impactful creators, videos, and trends. Whether you love it—or only remember 2018—Rewind was always meant to be a celebration of you," the statement says.

It goes on to explain that after a long year, it doesn't feel like the fitting end that it normally does. "2020 has been been different," the statement says. "It doesn't feel right to carry on as if it weren't. So, we're taking a break from Rewind this year."

The statement ends with praise for the YouTubers who made the best of what continues to be a very long year. "[S]o much of the good that did happen in 2020 was created by all of you. You've found ways to lift people up, help them cope, and make them laugh," the statement concludes. "You made a hard year genuinely better. Thank you for making a difference."

A few YouTubers expressed their disappointment at the fact that the video isn't going to show up on the site. YouTuber "Dream," who makes Minecraft speed-run videos, responded to YouTube's tweet, saying that it was "the worst thing to ever happen." Someone else, though, responded that they could simply make their own version of Rewind.

Dream we can make our own YouTube rewind

— karl :) (@KarlJacobs_) November 12, 2020

One person said they were confused by backlash about the lack of a Rewind this year. They wrote that the Rewinds "ALWAYS suck."

In both 2018 and 2019, both Rewind videos actually received more dislikes than likes. The 2018 edition received 18 million down votes with only 2.9 million up votes. That gap closed slightly in 2019, with 9.2 million dislikes and 3.4 million likes. According to Digital Trends, the 2018 video is the most disliked on the site.

Despite trying to make light of how hated the 2018 Rewind was, the 2019 Rewind is the third-most disliked on the site, just behind Justin Bieber's music video for "Baby."

why are people mad about youtube rewind not happening this year when youtube rewinds ALWAYS suck

— Squimpus (@squimpus) November 12, 2020

Todd in the Shadows, who makes humorous song reviews on the site, said that it was possible that YouTube was just using 2020 as an excuse to do away with the tradition, because of the controversy it's caused in years past. He also tweeted that with other major cultural events going on, the year being hard wasn't a viable excuse to not make the video. "If we can still hold the Emmys we can put together a five-minute supercut of popular YouTube videos," he wrote.

Yeah, "2020 was bad" is a transparent excuse to stop making these videos which are a giant controversy-attracting headache for the site.

— Todd in the Shadows (@ShadowTodd) November 12, 2020
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