YouTube star MrBeast is hitting back at his critics after receiving blowback for curing blindness for 1,000 people in a viral video.
Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ Donaldson is the most subscribed content creator on YouTube, successfully beating out PewDiePie’s years-long record in 2022.
Donaldson’s videos almost always achieve viral status and usually involve some sort of high-stakes challenge, expensive project, or extremely charitable act.
His latest act of kindness saw the YouTuber foot the bill for life-changing cataract removal surgery for 1,000 blind people around the world. Throughout the video, MrBeast gave away large amounts of cash (and, of course, Teslas) to strangers, and even made a $100,000 donation to the cause.
The video racked up over 49 million views just days after being uploaded — but quite a few viewers were critical of his philanthropic project, taking issue with the creator for not calling out the injustices of the US healthcare system in the upload.
A notable post on Twitter even called MrBeast’s video “demonic,” while others labeled it “charity p*rn” and accused him of using people experiencing blindness to get views.
Even Twitch streamer Hasan seemed a bit off-put by the video, saying he was “deeply frustrated” by the United States’ healthcare problems, noting that the people in MrBeast’s video had to rely on a rich person to pay for their life-altering surgery but couldn’t afford it.
According to a study from the National Library of Medicine, Small Incision Manual Cataract Surgery costs hospitals less than $16 for materials. However, the average price of cataract surgery in the US can range anywhere from $1,600 to $2,600 — a huge amount in comparison to the cost of materials.
MrBeast addresses healthcare issues after blindness surgery criticism
A day after the discourse surrounding his video went viral, MrBeast appeared to address the issue in a Tweet, asking why the government doesn’t pay for such surgeries.
“I don’t understand why curable blindness is a thing,” he wrote. “Why don’t governments step in and help? Even if you’re thinking purely from a financial standpoint it’s hard to see how they don’t ROI on taxes from people being able to work again.”
That’s not all; a little while later, MrBeast admitted that he was surprised his video performed so well, noting that it’s gained 50 million views in just two days.
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It wasn’t long before the YouTuber posted a tweet directly calling out his critics.
“Twitter – Rich people should help others with their money,” he wrote. “Me – Okay, I’ll use my money to help people and I promise to give away all my money before I die. Every single penny. Twitter – MrBeast bad.
Several other high-profile creators responded in support of MrBeast, with names like KSI saying, “Twitter is just full of sad, stupid people.”
Twitter is just full of sad stupid people 😂— ksi (@KSI) January 30, 2023
MrBeast polls fans on US Presidency campaign after blindness video criticism
MrBeast had a lot to say the day after his video took the net by storm. He even posted a poll asking users they’d vote for him if he ran for President – and thus far, the majority voted “yes.”
This isn’t the first time MrBeast has raised the possibility of a Presidential campaign. In fact, he’s considered it a few times in the past, most recently saying he’d be open to running once he hits 40 years old.
“I wanna try to make a ton of money and then just give it all away right before I announce my campaign,” he said in a 2022 interview. “Imagine I have 10 billion dollars and I just give it all away, and I’m just like, ‘I can’t be bought.’ I had it all. Give it all away. That’s pretty powerful.”
“And then, instead of giving in to lobbyists or agendas, I just like, do whatever’s good for the American people. Sounds like it’d be a good idea.”