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Jake Paul receives huge backlash after driving blindfolded for ‘Bird Box challenge’ video

Published: 9/Jan/2019 13:00 Updated: 11/Jan/2019 1:08

by Matt Porter

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YouTube star Jake Paul is in trouble again after posting a new video in which he drives a car while blindfolded for the ‘Bird Box’ challenge.

The Bird Box challenge is named after the movie of the same name released on Netflix, which sees the protagonists use blindfolds to ensure they don’t look at supernatural entities that kill those who catch a glimpse.

Those who partake in the challenge attempt to walk around blindfolded like the characters from Bird Box, with the challenge becoming popular on platforms such as YouTube, Instagram and TikTok.

While many who participate walk around their homes or gardens, Paul took the challenge to a dangerous new level, which saw the star walking in traffic alongside fellow YouTuber George Janko and even getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Paul and Janko are seen walking in traffic blindfolded.

The start of the video saw a blindfolded Paul speed down what seems to be his driveway in a truck while wearing the blindfold, crashing into trash cans. Later on, Paul appears to drive his car out onto a busy street, although it’s possible that these parts of the video have been faked.

The American did include a disclaimer in the description of the video that stated the “stunts” were carried out by trained professionals, however many on social media have criticised the star for showing himself driving without the ability to see, saying that it promotes behaviour that could endanger the lives of himself and others to his young audience.

Paul can be seen driving his truck in the video.

Netflix have asked those taking part in the Bird Box challenge to be careful, tweeting: “Please do not hurt yourselves with this Bird Box challenge. We don’t know how this started and we appreciate the love, but do not end up in the hospital due to memes.”

The video posted by Paul was demonitized on January 7 by YouTube, but the video has now been removed from his channel entirely. 

It’s unclear whether the YouTuber decided to delete the video himself, or if YouTube took it down for breaking their Community Guidlines which state videos cannot encourage dangerous activities.

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Rookie Twitch streamer tears up after finally getting first viewers

Published: 16/Jan/2021 15:49

by Georgina Smith

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New Twitch streamer NickCKelly got emotional on stream when he got his first viewers after waiting for nearly an hour, gaining thousands as followers as a result of his wholesome reaction.

2020 was a booming year for Twitch, with top creators like xQc and Valkyrae achieving huge numbers in terms of followers and views, and several gaming trends surging in popularity at various points in the year, meaning success all around.

With these huge creators out here smashing records, it’s easy to forget that many are only just starting out their venture into streaming, both casually and seriously.

This year has no doubt prompted more people than ever before to give streaming a try, but it’s not as easy as it might seem from the outside – especially if you’re starting from zero.

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2020 helped Twitch do massive numbers all round.

NickCKelly was one such individual who wanted to give streaming a go, and he couldn’t have been more grateful when he eventually got his first viewers after a while on stream by himself.

He had been streaming for almost an hour when he noticed that some viewers had joined his previously empty chat, and he looked stunned.

“I have my first viewer, hi!” Nick said, looking taken aback by the sudden appearance. “Wow, this is amazing. I’m genuinely honored to have you in my stream, you’re my first viewer that I’ve had, I’ve been streaming for 48 minutes.”

“I feel like I’m gonna cry, man,” he said with the most wholesome reaction possible, tearing up as he spoke to his new viewers.

Over on Reddit, user Avoxio who found Nick’s stream explained why they entered his empty stream. “Me and some friends were scrolling through twitch and found this guy. His stream title got us intrigued so we decided to stop by.”

They also said “at first we thought he was trolling so we messed around a bit not thinking anything of it, throughout our conversation we realized that he was being genuine,” and said they decided to share his stream in hopes of getting him recognition.

Nick also responded in the comments: “I will not let you all down. I want to prove to people that there is goodness in the world, and that we are capable of so much more than most think. I think there’s so much pain and suffering in the world right now. Helping even a single person is making a difference in the world.”

The unexpected reaction from the small streamer certainly seemed to strike a chord with some viewers, and Nick has now shot up to 4.7 thousand followers at the time of writing.