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PewDiePie mocks panic-buying craze amid Coronavirus pandemic

Published: 16/Mar/2020 5:10

by Joe Craven


YouTube King Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has mocked people panic-buying and stockpiling over Coronavirus, in a trademark meme review video with a slight twist.

PewDiePie’s audience will be more than familiar with his affinity for memes, with the Swede regularly asking fans to submit their best for him to review. While his hair and Minecraft series were also targeted, the 30-year-old’s March 14 YouTube video had a strong focus on the ongoing coronavirus situation.

Officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the emergent respiratory disease continues to worsen in much of the western world.

The WHO has been stressing the importance of washing hands to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The video, satirically titled “It’s Panic Time”, sees PewDiePie mock many people’s responses to the ongoing health situation. 

Many people have been ‘panic buying’ in response to potential lockdowns – seeing them buy far more groceries, and essentials like toilet paper, than they normally would, to ensure they are well supplied in the coming weeks. 

In response to a meme video about a “random chimp event”, PewDiePie mocked people panicking and hoarding groceries: “Guys, you need to stock up. Immediately. Stock up on all the food. This is it. It’s over big time. If the random chimp event has begun there’s not even a point in preparing.” 

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“Cannibalism is gonna have to come back,” he joked. “There’s no hope for humanity. If you haven’t stocked up with at least 500 toilet paper rolls, don’t even think you’re gonna survive the random chimp event.” 

While he was talking about a ‘random chimp event’, it’s hard not to think his jokes relate to the ongoing coronavirus panic. He then takes the hyperbole even further, finishing: “If you don’t have at least 20 different assault rifles ready to defend yourself, you’re done, you’re gone.”

Other coronavirus memes the Swede was sent used Shrek and singer Rick Astley to poke fun at the ongoing pandemic. 

It’s a nice change from the news coverage surrounding the situation, which many have criticized as failing to contextualize the disease sufficiently. However, to echo Pewds’ message – buy your normal amount of groceries, and wash your hands. 


Rookie Twitch streamer tears up after finally getting first viewers

Published: 16/Jan/2021 15:49

by Georgina Smith


New Twitch streamer NickCKelly got emotional on stream when he got his first viewers after waiting for nearly an hour, gaining thousands as followers as a result of his wholesome reaction.

2020 was a booming year for Twitch, with top creators like xQc and Valkyrae achieving huge numbers in terms of followers and views, and several gaming trends surging in popularity at various points in the year, meaning success all around.

With these huge creators out here smashing records, it’s easy to forget that many are only just starting out their venture into streaming, both casually and seriously.

This year has no doubt prompted more people than ever before to give streaming a try, but it’s not as easy as it might seem from the outside – especially if you’re starting from zero.

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2020 helped Twitch do massive numbers all round.

NickCKelly was one such individual who wanted to give streaming a go, and he couldn’t have been more grateful when he eventually got his first viewers after a while on stream by himself.

He had been streaming for almost an hour when he noticed that some viewers had joined his previously empty chat, and he looked stunned.

“I have my first viewer, hi!” Nick said, looking taken aback by the sudden appearance. “Wow, this is amazing. I’m genuinely honored to have you in my stream, you’re my first viewer that I’ve had, I’ve been streaming for 48 minutes.”

“I feel like I’m gonna cry, man,” he said with the most wholesome reaction possible, tearing up as he spoke to his new viewers.

Over on Reddit, user Avoxio who found Nick’s stream explained why they entered his empty stream. “Me and some friends were scrolling through twitch and found this guy. His stream title got us intrigued so we decided to stop by.”

They also said “at first we thought he was trolling so we messed around a bit not thinking anything of it, throughout our conversation we realized that he was being genuine,” and said they decided to share his stream in hopes of getting him recognition.

Nick also responded in the comments: “I will not let you all down. I want to prove to people that there is goodness in the world, and that we are capable of so much more than most think. I think there’s so much pain and suffering in the world right now. Helping even a single person is making a difference in the world.”

The unexpected reaction from the small streamer certainly seemed to strike a chord with some viewers, and Nick has now shot up to 4.7 thousand followers at the time of writing.