There are several thoughts and questions that come to mind regarding this topic?
I believe both Levrone and Dorian come across as, dare I say, infantile and/or naive in their statements, in that it shows either they are not in touch with how the world works or are frustrated because supposedly people should accomplish something extraordinary in bodybuilding (or anything for that matter) in order to have a following on You Tube, have fame, and earn money by doing so.
Let's go over some thoughts and questions here.
Both speak as if someone has to achieve something worthy in order to have a following. I might be wrong in my interpretation of their statements, but that's what I think. Well, this doesn't apply considering what it takes to have a following is for people to be funny, entertaining, and/or informative. Or maybe people, including myself, chooses to follow anyone they damn please, for whatever reason, irrational or rational! I don't need to give good reason on why I follow someone, nor do they have to be impressive for me to follow them. Take Rich Piana for example. I like the guy. He is gregarious and entertaining, the kind of guy I would want to hang out with. Granted I overlook some of the asinine statements he has made in videos, but I overlook this because I like him, and liking someone is all that is needed to be compelled to follow them on You Tube, Instagram, and the like, or (gasp!) even befriend someone in real life! Do I want to follow someone who entertains me, or some IFBB pro who is demonstrating an exercise I have seen performed over and over or is explaining a concept I understood years ago and who might be socially stunted (not all are).
Some social media stars have used the bodybuilding hobby--not competition--to entertain and inform people and in the process out-earn some IFBB pro competitors by multiples! This, considering that the average pro bodybuilder's salary is $0.00 per year! So let's say some bodybuilding fanatic soon into this hobby realizes that he is not going to be stepping onstage next to Phil Heath? But let's say he has tons of useful information, a knack for entertaining people, is well spoken, and so on. What should he do? Squander monetizing his hobby because he didn't set the bodybuilding world on fire, or because some learned elders don't approve? Or what if someone simply wants to promote their own products or personal training and nutrition business? Why should they hold back?
Regarding Levrone's statement that no one is going to win a major show by throwing up pictures on Instagram, who the hell of sound mind is going to think that doing so is going to help them win a show? And get this: once again, no one needs to ask for permission or approval to throw up whatever social media content they damn please, and the same concept goes for whoever wants to follow them!