I’ve said this before, but for our older audience (those over the age of 25), it warrants repeating: YouTube Stars are a thing now. We must get used to it. They make a lot of money (even when they’re only unwrapping plastic eggs for children) and can generate a lot of conversation (even when they’re making fun of overweight people for “satirical” purposes). Nicole Arbour may be one of the more reviled people on YouTube, but she’s also probably one of the wealthiest.
Another YouTube Star Roman Atwood is a goddamn millionaire (he makes an estimated $100,000 a month from his YouTube videos), and what is it, exactly, that he does? He pulls pranks, but not always on random people. He pulls pranks on the people he supposedly loves. Like this one, where he and his girlfriend reveal to the girlfriend’s mother that they’re planning to release a sex tape. It’s funny because the Mom breaks down into tears, hits Roman a few times, and generally melts down. Ha ha ha!
Or there’s this one, where he pretends to shoot paintballs at rando’s cars, infuriating them to the point that they try to beat his ass.
(He does that to the wrong person, and Roman Atwood ends up a body bag).
The latest and most cruel (assuming his girlfriend is not actually in on the joke) sees Roman Atwood blow up his kid. Or at least, that’s what he leads his girlfriend to believe.
She handles the reveal better than I would. There would be blood shed. If real, it’s not so much funny as it is sociopathic. Asshole.
So, yes: YouTube stars are a real thing.