Mother of ‘Fantastic Adventures’ child YouTubers charged with disturbing counts of abuse - Dexerto

Mother of ‘Fantastic Adventures’ child YouTubers charged with disturbing counts of abuse

Published: 20/Mar/2019 18:24 Updated: 20/Mar/2019 18:30

by Virginia Glaze


The adoptive mother of children from popular YouTube channel ‘Fantastic Adventures’ has been charged with seven counts of child abuse, following a welfare investigation by Arizona law enforcement.

The investigation revealed a slew of disturbing allegations against Machelle Hackney by her seven adopted children, who claimed that she would use physical violence when they failed to perform adequately for her YouTube videos.

Hackey was also accused of keeping the children locked up in a dead-bolted closet found in the home as punishment, as well as pepper spraying their faces, body, and genitals – and even forcing them to take ice baths, at times shoving their heads underwater.

NBC NewsOne child claimed that Hackney pinched the tip of his penis until it bled, while another claimed that Hackney pepper sprayed her genitals – resulting in acute pain for days afterward.

The children claimed to be locked in the closet for days without access to food, water, or a bathroom, with one child being afraid to eat food provided by law enforcement, should Hackney smell it on her breath.

According to police’s probable cause statement, the children “appeared to be malnourished, due to their pale complexion, dark rings under their eyes, underweight, and they stated they were thirsty and hungry.”

‘Fantastic Adventures’ is a popular childrens’ YouTube channel with over 800,000 subscribers and millions of views per video, featuring a series of variety skits performed by the children in question.

Following the investigation, YouTube has both demonetized and disabled comments for all videos on the channel.

Machelle has been charged with five counts of unlawful imprisonment and two counts of child molestation alongside the seven child abuse charges, while her two adult sons face charges of failing to report abuse of a minor.


Former Vine star reveals truth behind iconic “Adam” meme

Published: 26/Nov/2020 15:25

by Alice Hearing


Former Vine star Patrick Perkins has cleared up a myth about an iconic meme years after it first took the internet by storm.

While Vine shuffled its mortal coil in 2016, many of its biggest stars have carried on with short-form comedy on YouTube and now TikTok, including Lele Pons, Liza Koshy, and David Dobrik.

Even now, these short clip compilations still get millions of views on YouTube, and there are still multiple Instagram and Twitter accounts dedicated to them. Several vines have carried on their internet life as memes or gifs and have even been pasted onto merchandise.

The vine in question shows a blonde teenager in glasses blowing a smoke circle using a vape on a desk when the person carrying the camera blows it away. The teen turns to the camera and exasperatedly says “Adam!.”

Adam Perkins and Patrick Perkins Vine stars
Instagram: adam___perkins
Adam and Patrick starred in several iconic vines.

Now the star himself has come onto TikTok to confirm some lore surrounding him and his twin brother, which has baffled thousands who never knew the truth.

Another iconic and highly quotable vine involving one of the twins shows them walking into his bathroom in just a pair of boxers saying: “Hi, welcome to chillis.” In another, one of the twins begs viewers to stop comparing him to Chicken Little.

To most people, they look like the exact same person.

However, Patrick has explained in a viral TikTok that they’re actually identical twins. Patrick was the star of the vape video, while the other twin is Adam and the star of the Chilli’s vine. He also showed a picture of them together “since a lot of people don’t believe that there are actually two of us.”

Patrick also posted the video to Twitter and users were bowled over by the new information. One person wrote, “I feel like a different person for knowing this,” while another added, “world-shattering revelations are sometimes just small clarifications I guess.”

In less than 24 hours, Patrick’s tweet has amassed 4,000 likes and continues to grow, bringing back a sense of nostalgia for many and clearing up a long-standing internet myth.