Danny Gonzalez begs people to stop bizarre TikTok Joker trend

Published: 1/Jul/2020 15:47

by Jacob Hale


Popular YouTuber Danny Gonzalez has asked TikTok content creators to stop following the bizarre ‘Joker’ trend on the app, with users contorting their faces resulting in strange and uncomfortable videos.

As with any other content platform, TikTok users can get huge by following trends and appealing to what is popular at the time, as evidenced by the increasingly-famous dances and lip-syncing commonly performed by the likes of Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae.

That doesn’t mean, though, that all trends are a good thing, and Danny has found one that has made him (and now his viewers) wildly uncomfortable.

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Gonzalez has accrued nearly 4m YouTube subscribers with his funny videos and critiques of social media.

In certain corners of TikTok, a ‘Joker’ trend has slowly been emerging, with users contorting their faces and seemingly acting like intimidating superheroes while making what is supposedly a face like the Batman character.

During a video simply titled “Joker TikToks Stop Please,” Danny pleads with two popular TikTok stars – who have almost 14 million followers between them – to stop making the videos, while also asking his viewers not to click off the video because of how “uncomfortable” the viewing is.

Gonzalez calls out the two main creators who popularized the trend, rizxtarr and faraaz_zs, showcasing some clips of them as the Joker and some of the weird things that occur.

In the first clip, you see rizxtarr simply crack his neck and screw his face up, taking on the Joker aesthetic, which would maybe have been fine had it not escalated to whatever it has become since.

Through several TikTok videos, riz and faraaz prevent crime and pick up women when channeling their inner Joker, and Gonzalez is clearly mind blown at how there is supposed to be some correlation between the Tiktokkers’ faces and their new-found abilities.

It’s almost impossible to understand how or why this trend started, or what the intention really is, but there’s obviously enough demand for Joker videos as evidenced by these two creators’ incredible follower counts.

Who knows – maybe most of us are just behind the times on this one, but it’s fair to say that this is pretty out there as far as TikTok content goes.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.