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Piers Morgan Challenges KSI on National Television for Title of King of the Internet

Published: 18/Jul/2018 14:50 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Calum Patterson

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YouTuber KSI made a special appearance on British television show ‘Good Morning Britain’, as he promotes his upcoming boxing fight against Logan Paul.

With over 18 millions subscribers on YouTube, KSI is the most popular Briton on the website, and made his appearance on Good Morning Britain the same day as the first UK press conference for the KSI vs Logan Paul fight.

Piers Morgan, host for Good Morning Britain, is a popular internet figure in his own right – even beating out KSI for Twitter followers by over 2 million.

So the two went head-to-head, tweeting ‘I am the king of the internet’ at the exact same time to see who could generate the highest number of retweets by the show’s end, and KSI won resoundingly.

KSI’s appearance on the show was typical for an ‘internet’ celebrity being brought into the spotlight of mainstream media. Questions revolving around what he does, why it’s so popular and the lifestyle it allows him to lead.

He also went into detail about the fight itself, discussing his training with professional boxer Viddal Riley and even some sessions with members of the Mayweather family.

Piers then grilled him on how much money he is making from his internet fame, but KSI remained modest, saying only “I’m doing alright.”

The press conference will take place on July 18th at the York Hall in London, where KSI will come face to face with his opponent Logan Paul once again.

Logan’s brother Jake will also be in attendance, squaring off against KSI’s sibling ‘ComedyShortsGamer’, better known as Deji.

You can find all the information and live stream for the press conference right here.

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Dream angered by backlash blaming him for his fans’ actions

Published: 24/Jan/2021 2:07

by Theo Salaun

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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.

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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.