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MrBeast calls out popular Russian YouTuber for stealing his thumbnails

Published: 20/Feb/2021 11:17

by Georgina Smith

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Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ Donaldson has called out popular Russian YouTuber A4 for stealing his thumbnails, posting side-by-side comparisons that show the creator has been photoshopping his face onto MrBeast.

MrBeast is currently one of the biggest YouTubers out there. With over 53 million subscribers on his main YouTube channel alone, he has established a loyal fan base and a reputation for making bizarre, and often philanthropic content.

Jimmy is known for doing crazy things like buying islands, clearing out an entire store’s worth of products, and plenty more videos that both aim to entertain and give back to his audience and friends.

With the success he’s had, and the quality of his videos, it’s only natural that many creators out there will want to emulate MrBeast’s style, but sometimes people take a little too much inspiration from the viral videos.

mrbeast holding pile of games at gamestop
Instagram: mrbeast
MrBeast and co. bought out an entire GameStop, as well as other stores, for this video — and it wasnt cheap.

On February 19, Jimmy tweeted a series of screenshots that showed his thumbnails next to a popular Russian YouTube channel, A4. A4 has just over 28 million subscribers, with his videos regularly getting over 10 million views.

His videos largely consist of challenges like, “the last on to get out of hypnosis challenge,” and “24 hours in Kindergarten challenge.” Among the videos are some that are strikingly similar to MrBeast’s own content like, “the last one to leave the desert island challenge.”

In his tweet, Jimmy wrote: “The largest channel in Russia just takes my thumbnails and photoshops his face on mine.” The thumbnail comparisons show just that, with A4 using some exact copies of MrBeast’s thumbnails with the faces replaced, and others recreating the exact setup of the original thumbnails.

A4 responded to the tweet on his Instagram story, and from some commenter’s rough translations the YouTuber appears to brush off the backlash.

The translations imply that he considers the quality of the content to be the most important thing, claiming that he can do it better than MrBeast.

While many fans are calling for A4 to be banned, it’s unclear what exactly the rules are regarding copyright issues for thumbnails.

Regardless, the issue has baffled fans who had never heard of A4 until MrBeast tweeted about him.

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TikToker goes viral for “winning” dumbest ever tattoo contest

Published: 23/Feb/2021 20:59

by Virginia Glaze

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An unfortunate TikToker has gone viral after claiming she unofficially won the platform’s “dumbest tattoo” contest, thanks to getting some ink that has earned an entirely new meaning amid the current health crisis.

Whether it be an inspiring quote, a meaningful symbol, or even aesthetically beautiful artwork, people decide to decorate their bodies with tattoos for a wide variety of reasons.

However, one TikToker’s unique tattoo has made for a seriously awkward situation, thanks to the ongoing debates surrounding mask-wearing in some countries due to global health concerns.

The issue began when TikToker “wakaflockafloccare” decided to get a tattoo with a quote that initially inspired her to be herself, rather than putting on a fake persona. The message reads: “Courageously and radically refuse to wear a mask” — a phrase that, ironically, boasts a highly controversial meaning these days.

Man wearing surgical mask
Unsplash.com: Corina Rainer, @corinarainer
A TikToker’s tattoo about being true to herself now has a different meaning amid the current global health crisis.

In response to another TikToker’s video asking users, “What’s the dumbest tattoo you’ve ever gotten?” she had a hilarious answer: “I’m just gonna go ahead and let you guys know that I won.”

“I wanted it for a couple years,” the TikToker explained. “It basically means, like, being true to yourself and real, and not, like, pretending to be something you’re not.”

While this sentiment would obviously not be most people’s choice for a tattoo these days, the TikToker revealed that she’d gotten her ink done on March 4, 2020, just before health restrictions and social distancing went into place.

@wakaflockafloccar##stitch with @hannanicbic I could NOT have had worse timing. ##fyp ##foryoupage ##tattoo ##worsttattoo ##winner P.S. I’m not anti-mask I promise 🤦🏻‍♀️♬ original sound – wakaflockafloccare

Unsurprisingly, the video has amassed a huge amount of buzz since being uploaded just a day ago, gaining over 1 million views and 215,000 likes — as well as a slew of sympathetic (and hilarious) comments.

“I’m so sorry that the context of your tattoo literally changed overnight after you got it!” one user wrote.

“Well, you have a great attitude about it,” another commented. “May I suggest adding a line? ‘Hindsight is 2020!’”

Commenters on mask Tattoo
TikTok: @wakaflockaflocare
Commenters were quick to offer some creative suggestions to improve the TikToker’s unfortunate tattoo.

The TikToker clarified that she is not part of any anti-health movement and “could NOT have had worse timing.” While there’s no word yet on if she’ll edit the quote with some creative qualifiers, as suggested by commenters, her situation makes for a unique — and quite humorous — moment in history.