Entertainment

Mr Beast celebrates 4th of July with mind-blowing $600k fireworks show

Published: 4/Jul/2020 1:01

by Brent Koepp

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Popular YouTuber Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson celebrated the 4th of July with a fireworks show worth over $600k. The 22-year old philanthropist acquired a world record-breaking explosive that lit up the entire sky.

While many know Mr Beast for his jaw-dropping money giveaways, the YouTuber is associated with going big in his videos. And to celebrate America’s July holiday, the star spared no expense to put on the ultimate fireworks display.

Heading out to a remote location, the content creator and his friends blew up hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of pyrotechnics. However, the final explosive was worth over $160k and was literally the size of multiple mortars.

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The popular YouTuber and his friends set off some epic explosives.

Mr Beast puts on insane fireworks show

During his July 3 upload, the YouTuber revealed he had bought fireworks ranging from $1 all the way to an eye-popping $160k. In total, he spent over $600,000 and promised viewers “every single firework will be launched!”

While the group started off small, things really kicked off when they launched a $10k mortar. “This next firework is the most epic thing you have ever seen! This mortar weighs 160 pounds. We even had to get FAA clearance to light this. There can’t be planes in the sky,” he revealed.

“This looks like a nuke!” they screamed, as the massive explosion lit up the sky. Mr Beast also got creative, strapping 100 rockets to a dummy, and setting a car on fire. Sitting behind a bulletproof glass window, they even set off a firework by nuking it with a microwave.

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Mr Beast had to stand behind bulletproof glass while setting off explosives.

The 22-year old then prepared to launch a $40k firework display, explaining, “I could have bought a car, I could have put a down payment on a house. Or I could have bought 10 thousand copies of Shrek.” He then revealed the pyrotechnics contained over 9,000 shells.

Using a turn key safety console, the YouTube star launched the explosion, painting the entire night sky white with a flash. The massive display stunned everyone. “I’m terrified! I thought I was gonna die!” Mr Beast exclaimed. One of his friends yelled “How are we not in jail?”

For the grand finale, the popular personality brought out the $160k firework. “We are about the launch the largest firework that man’s history has ever seen. Literally a world record. Four thousand pounds, 15 feet deep holes, we literally needed a forklift!” he said before setting it off. The explosion was so loud, it rocked the entire area.

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While Mr Beast originally launched his channel in 2012, the YouTuber exploded in popularity in 2018 and 2019. Last year, he was the platform’s biggest rising star, gaining over 16 million subscribers.

Whether he’s running outrageous contests with his friends, or hosting incredible charity work, the creator is always looking for how to take it to the next level. And viewers can’t get enough of it.

Overwatch

Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

Opinion from the female streamer that RJH was with from Competitiveoverwatch

Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.