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Pokimane pleads with viewers to donate for Australian bushfire crisis

Published: 6/Jan/2020 5:49 Updated: 6/Jan/2020 5:35

by Isaac McIntyre

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Twitch superstar Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has joined the chorus of global streamers and gamers calling for donations for the devastating ongoing Australian bushfire crisis.

This Australian summer has seen the country engulfed in some of the worst bushfires the Land Down Under has seen. According to the Australian ABC, the fires have already burned around 16 million acres and claimed at least 25 lives.

On top of that, more than half a billion native wildlife have reportedly been killed in the inferno, which has been raging since Christmas, and now many content creators are attempting to lend their own support, including Pokimane.

NSW RFSThe Australian bushfire catastrophe has reportedly already claimed 25 lives, and spread across 16 million acres since Christmas.

The Twitch star shared a series of images of the bushfires, which depicted rural firefighters battling the blaze, a native kangaroo attempting to flee, and a family forced to seek shelter near a jetty in the lake to escape the fires.

Alongside these images, she called for her fans to do anything they could, from sharing information on the crisis, to donating money for the New South Wales RFS and support charity drives — any little thing they can do will help, she said.

“Please donate to help the crisis in Australia,” Pokimane said to her fans on January 4, and promised to “follow back” a few of the people who showed her their receipts as proof. “No amount is too small!”

Pokimane isn’t the only major streamer to have called for support either. Australian stream team TheClickCrew decided to host a 24-hour charity stream, with proceeds split between three organizations that are helping the cause.

The group, helmed by stars like Loserfruit, Lazarbeam, and Muselk, quickly shattered their $15,000 goal, and even raised $100,000 in the first five hours. The group soon stretched the stream to 36 hours, and hit $250,000 mid-day Monday.

Other streamers like Dakotaz and Australian YouTube personality vikkstar123 all donated between $10,000 and $20,000, while DrLupo added his fandom to the support by hosting the ClickCrew’s ongoing livestream on Monday morning.

NSW RFSNew South Wales has faced the worst fires along the state’s east coast, including near Sydney, Newcastle, and Wollongong.

According to the NSW RFS, who are fighting on the main fronts against the fires, more than 100 separate incidents are still burning across the central state alone, with thousands of people already forced out of their coastal and inland homes.

If you would like to help those affected by the bushfire crisis, and support those fighting the infernos, you can donate to the Australian Red Cross foundation, and to the Salvation Army, as well as the Rural Fire Service directly.

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Jake Paul claims Disney didn’t fire him after Bizaardvark controversy

Published: 26/Nov/2020 6:37

by Andrew Amos

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Jake Paul has dismissed new claims he was fired by Disney back in 2017 during his stint on sitcom Bizaardvark, addressing the three-and-a-half-year-old controversy in a recent interview.

Jake Paul, while juggling his YouTube and Vine antics back in 2017, was fast-becoming one of Disney’s biggest stars. The then 20-year-old played Dirk Mann on the sitcom Bizaardvark for two seasons.

However, his stay on the set was cut abruptly short in June 2017. He parted ways with the project, and there was a mixed reaction.

Jake Paul on Bizaardvark
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Jake Paul (far-right) played Dirk Mann on Bizaardvark for two seasons.

Back then, Jake Paul said that he and Disney “came to the agreement” to mutually part ways. However, others have claimed the star was fired over a series of controversies, including a news segment that saw neighbours complain about the then-Disney star.

Paul has rubbished those claims though. He doubled down on his initial statement three years ago, saying that he played along with the community sentiment as a joke.

“It’s funny because, for the last three years I’ve sort of ran with everyone saying, “Oh, he got fired,” just because I think it’s funnier to say, “I got fired by Disney,” but in reality it was a mutual decision to split from each other,” he told The Daily Beast.

The decision was purely a business one, according to Paul. He wanted more money, and Disney wasn’t offering it.

“They weren’t paying me enough. I was making millions more — per week — than I was on that show, and it was a mutual decision for us to split up,” he added.

“Everyone I worked with on that show was fantastic, but from a business standpoint it didn’t make sense. I was aging up and wanted more money.”

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Jake Paul has managed to grow his career despite his Disney exit in 2017.

Jake Paul has since gone on to grow his career on YouTube, even expanding into boxing the likes of AnEsonGib on a Mike Tyson card, something the younger Paul brother said was the highlight of his life.

However, the real reasoning behind his parting with Disney will always be questioned.