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Ninja stuns Lachlan with $30,000 donation to Australian fires stream

Published: 15/Jan/2020 3:00 Updated: 15/Jan/2020 10:26

by Andrew Amos


Australian Fortnite YouTuber Lachlan Power was aiming to raise $10,000 in the aftermath of the bushfire crisis in his home country, and was left floored after Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins blew his goal out of the park with a huge $30,000 donation.

With bushfires burning out of control back home, Lachlan felt a need to step in and help raise some money. The Australian YouTuber is currently abroad in Japan right now, but dedicated his January 14 stream to helping raise money for charity.

With a modest goal of $10,000 set, the streamer was slowly ticking off milestone after milestone. However, even his wildest expectations were surpassed when Ninja joined the party, smashing his goal three-times-over with one donation.

Mixer: NinjaNinja donated $30,000 to Lachlan’s bushfire appeal live on stream.

“Ninja has just donated $30,000,” he said, starting in shock trying to comprehend the massive donation the Fortnite phenom left. “I think that’s the real one, oh my god, you’re kidding. I don’t know what to say. I know he tweeted out that he wanted to do a lot for the bushfires and jeez I feel like that’s–that’s insane Ninja.”

That wasn’t meant to be Ninja’s only appearance on Lachlan’s bushfire stream though. He extended an invitation to the American to play a game or two, but he was busy with his own stream. If there is one way to decline an invite though, it’s with $30,000 to the cause.

Ninja, who was live on Mixer at the time, said that the donation he wanted to do was so big, his credit cards were declining payments. It took a few attempts to get through the mega donation, but once it came through, all he could do was smile and watch Lachlan’s reaction.

For mobile readers, the related segment starts at 2:06:44.

Ninja joins a host of superstars who have helped raise money for communities affected by the Australian bushfires. YouTube group The Click Crew raised over $300,000 AUD during a 36-hour stream on January 6, split between various charities across the country.

This included a $20,000 donation from Brett ‘Dakotaz’ Hoffman, $10,000 from Vikkstar, $3,000 from Trainwrecks and Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys, and $1,250 from Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel.

Developer-wise, Ubisoft Australia has donated $30,000 to the bushfire appeal, while Infinity Ward announced all proceeds from the Outback cosmetic set will be given to charity.

The Australian bushfire crisis has ravaged parts of the country, with over 27 million acres of land burned, 1,500 homes lost, and 28 people killed. They are still burning, with dozens of fires active in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia.

If you’d like to help people affected by the disasters, you can donate through the Australian Red Cross or the Salvation Army.


Dream angered by backlash blaming him for his fans’ actions

Published: 24/Jan/2021 2:07

by Theo Salaun


Following a wave of online controversy, popular Minecraft YouTuber Dream took to Twitter to address critics and show them why he believes all of the backlash is inherently misguided.

Dream and the Dream Team, with friends like Tommyinnit and Quackity, have been one of the largest sources of online entertainment thanks to a consistent flood of content across YouTube and Twitch. While their videos and streams, including of the entire Dream SMP Minecraft server, have brought Dream a huge amount of fans — that popularity appears to have come with a downside.

Originally, most of the drama surrounding Dream involved accusations about him cheating during a 1.16 Minecraft speedrun. But now, a very different sort of critique has emerged, as fans and critics bemoan the content creator’s inability to restrain the least appropriate segments of his community.

Over the past week, #dreamwaswrong began trending on Twitter and similar complaints moved across social media. The basis for this backlash surrounded a subculture of Dream fans that had begun creating inappropriate fanfiction and art involving the minors who represented the Dream Team. In response, Dream has shot down those critics.

Drawing a theoretical parallel, the faceless content creator philosophically makes his perspective known. Mocking his critics, Dream criticizes the media and his detractors using a hypothetical scenario.

“Dream has refused to condemn murder after one of his fans turned out to be a murderer. Will he finally be held accountable?”

Essentially, Dream suggests that people criticize him for the actions of others — noting that he ought to be “held accountable” for the vile actions (in this hypothetical instance: murder) of his fans. The point of this example is to highlight the absurdity of a causal relationship between influencer and the influenced.

Dream Artwork Dream Branding
Who needs a face when you have a lot of fans?

While fans and critics appear to be divided on the efficacy of Dream’s tweet, it’s clear that he is trying to push back against those who blame him for the actions of his viewers. In the social media age, this relationship between popular figure and stan is a particularly nuanced one.

For what it’s worth, Dream has also taken a much more firm stance against inappropriate subcultures of his fandom on his alternate account, DreamWasTaken. It remains to be seen whether or not that will be enough to satisfy his critics, but the situation is obviously a contentious one.