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Deji sells bloodstained gloves from Jake Paul boxing match

Published: 20/Nov/2019 0:03

by Virginia Glaze

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While KSI and Logan Paul might be YouTube’s most popular white-collar boxers, they aren’t the only entertainers to have stepped in the ring – and one of these content creators is looking to make a surprising profit off the sport.

KSI and Logan Paul faced off for the first time in August 2018 – but unlike their rematch, the undercard was filled with other YouTubers, including their own younger brothers.

Deji Olatunji and Jake Paul faced off ahead of their older siblings’ highly-anticipated match, with Jake Paul ultimately emerging the victor.

While Deji received a sound beating – losing to Jake by knockout – the British YouTuber showed that he was no slouch, managing to score several hits to the youngest Paul brother’s face during their bout.

Now, over a year later, Deji is revisiting their fight in a highly unexpected way. Rather than replaying their match for another reaction video, the YouTuber is selling the very gloves he used to pummel his opponent in an online auction.

Deji is selling his boxing gloves from his match with Jake Paul.

Their historical significance aside, there’s something about these gloves that Deji was intent on advertising – more specifically, the fact that they’re covered with Paul’s blood, as he made sure to mention in his video on the topic.

“You guys know, when I fought Jake Paul, I made him bleed,” Deji announced. “He was the only one who bled during our fight. They still have Jake Paul’s blood on them. They have not been washed or cleaned.”

Currently, Deji’s eBay listing has reached £65,800.00 from 69 bidders – but it’s not just fans who are hoping to get their hands on the coveted gloves.

Drama Alert’s Daniel “KEEMSTAR” Keem has likewise placed a bid on the bloodstained gauntlets, albeit differently, warning Deji that a Jake Paul fan might buy the gloves and destroy all evidence of his pounding in the ring.

“…a Jake Pauler will buy and destroy,” KEEMSTAR cautioned. “I know we have not seen eye to eye. But I’ll pay you a fair amount and will keep them forever. I have been collecting for the YouTuber museum. Please reach out.”

For now, it looks like the bidding is still on – but Deji has more on his mind than just money, announcing that he will make a return to the sport in the wake of his older brother’s split-decision victory on November 9.

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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.