YouTuber goes viral after earthquake ruins makeup tutorial - but was it real? - Dexerto

YouTuber goes viral after earthquake ruins makeup tutorial – but was it real?

Published: 7/Jul/2019 15:35

by Connor Bennett


A YouTuber has gone viral after uploading a make-up tutorial that went spectacularly wrong during an earthquake. However, she might just be playing a prank on everybody. 

On July 5, Los Angeles, California was rocked with a huge 7.1 earthquake and a number of aftershocks that rumbled on throughout the night. 


It, obviously, interrupted plenty of daily activities in the surrounding area, and even played a part in messing up a number of Twitch streams – with fans witnessing Mike ‘shroud’ Grzesiek’s entire set-up shake during a game. However, one creator has seemingly used the moment to unfold two-year long pranks on viewers. 

Later in the day, on July 5, YouTuber ‘Ali J’ uploaded a video of herself having a ‘simple’ make-up tutorial being interrupted by the earthquake – giving her the seemingly perfect recipe for a viral video. 


The YouTuber started out by simply applying red lipstick to her lips before the earthquake struck and the make-up went across her face – leaving Ali J looking like the Joker from Batman. While the timing seemed remarkable, it’s just a bit too good to be true. 

Members of the YouTube comment section quickly went to work on dissecting the video for any little imperfection they could find, as they couldn’t believe it was real.

It didn’t take look before some internet detectives found that all of the Ali J YouTube videos had been recorded in an Earthquake simulator – with comparison pictures of her background and videos from the simulator itself showing striking similarities. 


ImgurA comparison of Ali J’s video and the Earthquake simulator.

Others pointed out that the YouTuber had not uploaded a single video since April of 2018, with the background not changing at all in that span of time. 

Some viewers also noted that the title of the video made a point of having the date in there while the other uploads just went by the date that YouTube automatically produces. 

Ali J’s YouTube channel had remained inactive for over a year before her prank.

Now, nobody is quite sure just why all of the YouTuber’s videos were recorded inside this earthquake simulator and only one has been used as a part of the prank.


It looks as though this prank was in-the-making for over two years, as Ali J used the room to record her ‘regular’ make-up tutorials, in the hope it would make the earthquake tutorial more legitimate.

The person behind the YouTube account has not commented on the upload, but they haven’t been able to pull the wool over everybody’s eyes.


Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos


Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.


Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.


“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.


“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”


Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.


“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.