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David Dobrik surprises friends with a brand new house for Christmas

Published: 26/Dec/2019 23:09

by Virginia Glaze

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David Dobrik is more than a mere YouTuber: the platform’s vlogging star is also known for his charitable acts of kindness, which he bestowed upon some well-deserving friends just in time for the holiday season.

Much like YouTube philanthropist Mr Beast, David Dobrik is hailed for his generosity, having notably gifted his assistant two new cars as thanks for her hard work.

However, it’s not just his assistant who’s getting awesome gifts — Dobrik also shows ample love to his friends, three of which he gave a single present that would change their lives.

David Dobrik, InstagramYouTube star David Dobrik is known for his generosity, having teamed up with sponsors to provide both his fans and friends extravagant (and life-changing) gifts.

Dobrik set up an elaborate plan to “prank” three buddies from his hometown, asking them to leave work early and sending them all to a “random address” with the proposed intent of surprising another one of their mutual friends.

After going inside the house listed at the “random address,” Dobrik revealed that the “surprise” was actually the home itself, which he gave the group a $10k check to fill with furniture and accessories of their choosing.

“I have a check here for the three of you for $10,000,” the vlogger explained. “You guys can use it to furnish your new place. That we’re standing in.”

In a moment of shock and realization, Dobrik’s pals didn’t seem to believe the news, before bursting out into cheers that they didn’t have to deal with their parents anymore.

“I don’t have to walk the dogs anymore!” One shouted.

David Dobrik, YouTubeDavid Dobrik’s buddies were ecstatic at the prospect of having their own home.

“What the hell is this?” Another exclaimed. “You got a house for all three of us? This is insane?”

“You’re joking,” the third said. “Thank god, no more mom! F*** you, mom!”

Thanks to his sponsor, Dobrik was able to share some genuine cheer and goodwill for the holidays in a major way — a similar, heartwarming gesture to that of YouTuber Mr Beast, who outfitted both a pizza delivery man and the winner of his $1 million challenge with new homes earlier in December.

Although his YouTube adsense may not be panning out in the best way, it doesn’t look like Dobrik is letting the algorithm stop him from supporting his best friends during the Christmas season.

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FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.