Yesterday (02/02/2020) was quite a special day. For those of you who might not live in the USA, and/or those not interested in sports, you might not know this, but yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday. The 49ers (San Francisco) lost to Kansas Chiefs (Kansas City) 20:31. I am not the biggest fan of either one of those teams, so I was not as excited about this game as I normally would be. Most of it, I found rather boring. It was in the fourth quarter that it got interesting.
It was also Groundhog Day yesterday. Phil did not see his shadow, which means that Spring might be closer than we think. The only problem is that Phil is not always right. In fact, he is very rarely right. But it is a fun tradition.
On top of those two, there was yet another reason to make yesterday ultra special. It was the palindrome day. No matter if you read 02-02-2020 from front to back or back to front, you will get the same date. How cool is that? If you want to say that we had the same thing in 2002, do not. While Americans write the month of the date first, some parts of the world put the day first. Some countries (ex.: China) put the year first, which also works in this instance. Do you know when such a palindrome occurred? It was on the 11th of November in 1111. Chances are that you were not alive then. (Unless you are a vampire.) I was alive in the 20th century and am alive in the 21st. Not many people can say that. I survived numerous ‘End of the world’ days. And now, I also am able to say that I witnessed a palindrome date. What a time to be alive.
Now that we got the small talk out of the way, let us focus on the subject of this post. Yesterday is dead and gone, and today, I want to share with you one thing that will help you gain popularity on social media.
I will not beat around the bush and hold you hostage for the next 30 minutes. Instead, I will reveal the secret right now. Fake your loved one’s death. Or your own.
We all know that social media abuses our emotional side. Why do people keep creating dog/cat channels/photos/videos? Because they know that puppies make our hearts melt. The same with babies, apparently. People also respond to tragedy. They more dire the situation (mother dies and orphans two kids under the age of four; they have o other family), the higher the chances of help received. It bothers me that anyone would take advantage of good people who think they are helping others. Unfortunately, that happens more often than we would like.
When I read that a YouTuber faked his girlfriend’s death, I became interested. Even though the original video had been removed, there is still an archived version available for everyone to see.
The video was the first thing that I looked at after reading the title. Honestly, this guy has to be THE WORST actor EVER. Did anyone really believe him? It unnerved me. I expected the girl to jump out any second, because it looked like a five-year-old trying to prank their friends.
In the video, the guy claims that his girlfriend had died the night prior after getting hit by a drunk driver. He went on to say that he would post five videos that the two of them had filmed prior to the girl’s death, because that was what she would have wanted. Before the incident, their joined channel had around 300k subscribers, but he was hoping to reach 1M because that was his girlfriend’s wish.
After that video, he also posted a couple of more. In one, he mourned his “dead” girlfriend on a side of the road, while in another, he tried to communicate with her through a Oija board (which the couple used to talk to other dead celebrities in the past). I am glad I was not able to find these quickly, because they would probably just showcase more of this guy’s terrible acting skills.
The girl is alive and well. To my knowledge, she had never been hit by a drunk driver. It was all a ploy to amass more followers on the new channel. The guy thought they would fake the girl’s death, then talk to her from beyond the grave, and then resurrect her. (Oh, Lord!) They supposedly even bought a coffin and rented a church.
When I read that the guy’s ticket to fame included videos of him trying to sneak into various businesses and attempting to stay there overnight, I just shrugged. What did I expect? YouTube celebrities… Am I right? Of course he ended up getting arrested back then on the charges of trespassing. He had more run-ins with law enforcement since, but seems to be doing pretty well financially.
How is the girl with all of that? Supposedly, she is very unhappy and the couple is going through a breakup. She posted a video explaining their abusive relationship. To me, it also seems like she is acting (even if slightly better than the guy). (https://youtu.be/zQnQR-zyNq4) It was her dad, who threatened to reveal the fact that she was alive and well, because he could not handle everyone asking him about his “dead” daughter. She claims that made her realize that was the right thing to do because people were “worried.” At the end of the video, the girl turns her frown into a smile in a matter of a split second and invites everyone to subscribe to the channel because she will be posting more content.
These two generated a lot of publicity with the stunt. Maybe even more than they expected because of the fact that the hoax was uncovered sooner than expected. Now, they “fight” each other on YouTube. What does that do? It brings more supporters that want to “protect” them from the other person.
Did you watch the Super Bowl?
Which team did you root for?
What did you think about the Super Bowl commercials?
Did you enjoy the Pepsi Half-Time show?
How far would you go to promote your blog/channel/account?
Would you ever fake the death of your loved on? (For what reason?)
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