Jake Paul receives huge backlash after driving blindfolded for ‘Bird Box challenge' video - Dexerto

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


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.


Ninja shocks Valorant star with huge donation after Twitch refund scam

Published: 22/Oct/2020 2:56

by Andrew Amos


Chargebacks are a Twitch streamer’s worst nightmare, as Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins knows it all too well, so when he saw Valorant star ‘AverageJonas’ get scammed out of over $5,000, he knew he had to step up and help.

There’s few Twitch scams more infuriating than chargeback scams. When you have avid viewers donate to your stream, it’s a wonderful feeling.

However, some viewers do it maliciously, with the intent of taking, not giving. After donating hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, viewers dispute the charge with PayPal or their bank, saying they were hacked and didn’t actually donate the money.

The money then goes back to the donator, and the Twitch streamer is left without the donations, and most of the time, also has to pay a fine on top.

That’s exactly what happened to AverageJonas ⁠— a Valorant Twitch star with over 130,000 followers. He had a viewer refund $5,400 worth of donations, which ended up costing the streamer $5,800 after accounting for transfer fees.

“I have received over $5,400 in several donations from one person on Twitch which have all been refunded even though donations are supposedly non-refund. To top it off, I have been personally charged $400+ in refund fees from PayPal,” Jonas said on Twitter.

“This person used me and my community to gain clout and other benefits by acting like an extremely wealthy and giving human being. The person also pretended like the refunds were a mistake.”

Fortunately, Ninja got wind of the fellow Valorant streamer’s woes.

After all, Jonas is one of Valorant’s biggest content creators, and Ninja is slowly working his way to the top of the pro scene. With all of Jonas’ informational content, it’s the least Ninja could do to put his fandom to use.

Ninja replied to Jonas’ tweet with a simple “fixed.” What he meant by that was he donated AverageJonas $5,800, to cover not only the Twitch donations from the user, but the PayPal fees as well.

Jonas was shocked: “Dude thank you so much you’re such a legend omfg.”

It’s a big win for Jonas, however, it highlights a much bigger issue with Twitch donations. If Ninja hadn’t caught wind of the streamer’s troubles, it’s likely nothing would have been done.

Chargebacks are still a big issue, and there’s nothing you can really do about it as a streamer if PayPal or Twitch don’t step in ⁠— like what happened in Jonas’ case.

However, now he can go back to doing what he does best ⁠— sharing Sova line-ups for every Valorant player to learn.