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NELK Boys explain why they may stop uploading to YouTube

Published: 25/Feb/2020 11:12 Updated: 25/Feb/2020 13:35

by Jacob Hale

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The NELK Boys have seen a meteoric rise throughout 2019 and 2020, with their pranks doing huge numbers on YouTube and reaching over 4 million subscribers. Now, though, they’re threatening to leave the platform.

NELK’s content – led by Jesse Sebastiani and Kyle Forgeard – has always been controversial in nature, especially by YouTube’s current standard which prefers to promote family-friendly content.

Their pranks have landed them in hot water plenty of times, be it with the people they prank or being held by national law enforcement to prevent them from doing any more.

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NELK have blown up in recent years.

That hasn’t stopped the duo and their team, though, but the latest development in their ongoing issues with the YouTube platform may put a stopper in their plans going forward.

Posting a story to the nelkboys Instagram account late on February 24, Kyle explains what is going on and how YouTube are “being complete f**king morons.”

He said: “You guys obviously know, we never care about the money, so we don’t give a f**k about monetization and stuff like that, but now they’re just age-restricting our last four videos. So you have to be signed in, have an account, and they don’t recommend it. But a lot of people don’t watch with an account. It destroys the views, so I don’t even know if we’re going to keep uploading on YouTube.”

The situation is a tough one for the NELK Boys as YouTube has a huge monopoly on the video-sharing industry, with no real competitors to upload to where they could still reach the 2.5-3 million views they receive on each video.

Kyle goes on to say that he “doesn’t even know what to do” about the situation as he’s “so p**sed off,” simply signing off with: “I don’t know, maybe no more YouTube.”

This isn’t the first time NELK has had a run-in with YouTube – in January 2018 they released a video explaining why their lack of monetization and depleting almost ran them off the platform. Then, in May 2018, they launched their own platform amid the expectation of an imminent ban from YouTube which never came, so they continued to upload to their channel.

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Their work on YouTube has seen NELK hanging out with some of the biggest names on the planet.

Whether they choose to take a similar route this time remains to be seen. The fact that they never made the full switch from YouTube to their own platform suggests that it may not have been as successful as they would have hoped, but having found that they can make a decent living off of merchandise, the video monetization is no longer that important.

What they plan to do going forward remains to be seen, but there’s little opportunity for content creators outside of YouTube, especially if they’re looking to maintain their huge fanbase.

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TikToker Sienna Mae slammed by fans for “privileged” trip to Hawaii

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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TikTok star Sienna Mae faced backlash from fans after she posted a TikTok of herself going on a spontaneous trip to Hawaii.

TikToker Sienna Mae found herself at the receiving end of criticism recently after she posted a TikTok implying that she had gone to Hawaii to surprise her boyfriend, fellow TikTok star Jack Wright.

In a video posted on her TikTok, she can be seen receiving a text from her boo, who was already in Hawaii, saying how he “wished [she] was here” before throwing clothes in a suitcase, driving to the airport and surprising Wright on a Hawaiian beach.

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Due to the current health crisis, fans didn’t react well to Mae’s trip. Several TikTok users reminded Mae in the comments that “we are in a p*ndemic”, with one TikTok user quipping that they “can’t even go to the store” due to the current restrictions.

In response to the backlash, Mae commented on her original TikTok claiming that she flew to Hawaii for work and had tested negative prior to her arrival.

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TikTok: Sienna Mae
Mae reassured fans that she had tested negative and was taking all the necessary precautions during her trip.

However, for fans on Twitter, this wasn’t good enough. One user said: “She’s privileged enough to have a job that she can comfortably work from home with and make thousands of dollars a DAY. Why exactly does she have to go to Hawaii?”

Meanwhile, another Twitter user cast doubt over Mae’s claims, joking: “Yeah right! I’d like to know what job lets you run off to Hawaii! How can I get hired there?”

Mae is yet to publicly comment further on this backlash.

Who is Sienna Mae?

Sienna Mae Gomez is a California-based TikTok star who has seen exponential growth in popularity during the late summer/early autumn of this year.

Although she is only sixteen years old, she has already grown a sizeable platform due to her entertaining dance videos and content advocating for body positivity. She currently has 10.7 million followers on TikTok and 1.3 million followers on Instagram.

While some TikTok stars gained their platform over time, Mae’s rise to TikTok stardom was fairly rapid, with TheNetline reporting that she gained 1.5 million TikTok followers in two weeks.

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Instagram: Sienna Mae Gomez
Alongside her work as an influencer, Sienna Mae is also an outspoken advocate for body positivity.

Many would be intimidated by such a rapid rise to fame, but in an interview with The NetLine in September, Mae said: “I love it. I wouldn’t change it for the world. This is what I have been saying I’ve wanted to do ever since I came out of the womb. I’m really happy and I really am thankful for the support. I am ecstatic about my TikTok fame.”

Mae has been dating Jack Wright since October, with the two confirming their relationship with a kiss at Saddle Ranch on 12 October. She met Wright at the high school they both attend.