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10 Times Creators Went To Far And Paid the Price

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10 YouTubers Who Went Too Far Number 10 Trollstation With over a million subscribers and videos that routinely go viral, Trollstation has become one of the most successful prank channels on YouTube since it joined the site in 2013 However, that rise to fame hasn’t come without controversy

And one 2015 video got the prankstars in particular trouble, when they went too far by pretending to rob the the National Portrait Gallery In the National Gallery video, the pranksters burst into the museum wearing tights on their faces and yelling Then they escaped while carrying fake paintings they’d brought with them, leading bystanders to believe they’d just witnessed a heist Four members of the channel were arrested later that same day, and were jailed on charges of causing fear of unlawful violence Two members of the channel, Ebenezer Mensah and Helder Gomes, were given 18 weeks in prison

Endrit Ferizolli who filmed the incident for Trollstation, received 16 weeks The leader Daniel Jarvis was hit with a 20 week sentence Number 9 BootsMade4Crushing At first glance, BootsMade4Crushing looks pretty inoffensive The channel, which became popular between 2012 and 2016, made videos based around a fairly simple concept: filming what happens when a man in big boots stomps on inanimate objects Similar in concept to the Hydraulic Press Channel or How To Basic, the videos seemed to tap into that secret desire we all have to see things destroyed

But what many of the channel’s fans didn’t know was that BootsMade4Crushing also had a second, much darker account On Boots’ About page, there was a push to the man’s Tumblr That Tumblr shared the links for a secret, unlisted Youtube account called Boots666 There, the same unnamed man would use his same boots to stamp on live animals like toads Obviously, that’s not the sort of thing YouTube wanted on its platform

Apart from being despicable, smashing animals is illegal under the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 Although no legal ramifications were brought against the perpetrator, Youtube forcibly closed the 666 account And BootsMade4Crushing was shut down shortly afterwards Number 8 JoeySalads It’s probably no surprise to most of you that a huge number of the pranks done on Youtube are fake But as annoying as the obviously staged scenarios and forced acting are, that’s typically all they are: annoying

But JoeySalads’ faux Trump prank deserves special mention for attempting to push a false narrative and apparently stoke up racial tensions during the 2016 election Covering a grey sedan in MAGA bumper stickers, the idea was to see what would happen if a pro-Trump car was left parked in a primarily African-American neighbourhood The video showed a gang of black teens appear and start smashing up the vehicle The video was played as though that’s what really happened But footage recorded by eyewitnesses shows JoeySalads’ team using actors to stage the vandalism

Unfortunately, several mainstream news outlets fell for the lie The video has presented as true to millions of people before it was debunked Salads later admitted that the prank was faked But by then, the clip has gone viral and Joey had already cashed in Number 7 The Fine Bros Remember when The Fine Bros tried to copyright the word “react”? Back in 2016, Fine Bros Entertainment became hated on Youtube when they tried to stop other people making react videos

That’s despite the fact that they didn’t start their react series until 2010, and react videos have been floating around YouTube since at least 2006 In their attempt to build a monopoly, the Fine Bros filed copyright claims on the phrases “Elders React”, “Celebrities React”, and even just the word “react” The word “react”, by the way, dates back to at least the 1640s Not only that but they litigiously targeted YouTube channels who used their copyrighted material You know, despite their entire react series being based on reacting to other people’s copyrighted material

Needless to say, the online backlash was severe 230,000 people disliked the video in which they announced their plans In a single day The Fine Bros fell from 14 to 12 million subs, meaning they lost 2 million subscribers in just 24 hours [EDIT: Show numbers onscreen] They dropped their claims shortly afterwards Number 6 RossCreations In May 2017, YouTube prankster RossCreations posted a video that got himself in trouble with the law

In a now deleted upload, Charles ‘RossCreations’ Ross decided that a pair of stop signs in his native Florida were “unnecessary” Putting on a construction worker’s outfit, Ross unscrewed the signs from their posts and took them home with him Unsurprisingly, the police weren’t too impressed Later in the same video we see cops come to Ross’ house and escort him to jail in handcuffs Days later, Ross would upload a follow up video explaining that he had been charged with third degree felony grand theft

Facing a maximum sentence of 5 years, he begged his fans for money to help fund a legal defence team So far he’s raised over $1,4000 It wasn’t the first time Ross has been arrested His 2013 video in which he vaults over two policemen led to a night behind bars But this time he put other people in danger and then had to plead to his 600,000 subscribers for support to bail him out, truly meaning he went too far

Sources: Daily Dot, The Sun https://wwwdailydotcom/unclick/youtube-prank-rosscreations-arrest/ https://wwwthesunco

uk/living/3509248/american-youtube-prankster-ross-creations-arrested-stealing-stop-signs/ Number 5 DaddyOFive Pro tip: if you want to be allowed to keep your kids, maybe don’t set up an entire YouTube network dedicated to showing what terrible parents you are Until 2017, parents Mike and Heather Martin were the proud owners of the hit channel DaddyOFive Boasting over 700,000 subscribers, the couple made a name for themselves by playing a series of pranks on their children That all sounds fine But the pranks played on the kids routinely ventured into the physical and mental abuse

One child in particular, the 9 year old Cody, bore the brunt of the parents’ most aggressive pranks One video, in which the couple falsely accused Cody of spilling invisible ink on the carpet sees the couple start yelling at him, and bring him to tears After seeing this repeated abuse, critics of the channel started an online petition to convince people to call Child Protective Services on the parents In May 2017 a pair of the couple’s children, the two who were adopted, were relocated to live with their biological parents In the wake of the controversy, DaddyOFive’s channel has essentially been abandoned

However, their second channel FamilyOFive is still uploading prank videos to its almost 200,000 subscribers Number 4 Stephen Zhang JoeySalads isn’t the only Youtuber who’s been caught faking “social experiments” Online prankstar and viral marketer Stephen Zhang was also caught trying to hoax his way to fame Trying to cash in on the huge success of harassment-revealing videos like “10 Hours of Walking Through NYC As A Woman”, Zhang uploaded “Drunk Girl In Public (Social Experiment)” The video starred a woman, Jennifo Box, pretending to be drunk in public, and purported to show a series of men coming up to her and trying to take advantage of her

The video received over 7 million views, and was quickly picked up by the national media as an example of men’s predatory behaviour towards women In fact, the video was staged Three of the male “harassers” featured in the video have come forward to admit that they’re actors and were performing in the video Two of them even claimed they only agreed to be in the video because they were told it was for a light-hearted comedy skit Even Box has spoken out against the video, claiming she too was told she was appearing in a silly prank video

Faking pranks is bad enough But faking sexual harassment? That’s definitely going too far And clearly Stephen knows it His channel has since removed all its content from Youtube Number 3 Syndicate/TmarTn In 2016, Youtubers Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin and Tom ‘Prosyndicate’ Cassell started promoting a gambling website called ‘CSGO Lotto’

The site, which allows users to trade and gamble Counter-Strike: Global Offensive character skins in return for real money, was the subject of a number of videos with titles like: “HOW TO WIN $13,000 IN 5 MINUTES” And while at first glance the worst thing about these videos might to be the clickbait titles, the truth is that there is actually something far more insidious about this content You see, TmarTn and Pro Syndicate neglected to mention in their videos that they owned the website In other words, they were secretly promoting their own company, while pretending to be impartial critics They also kept under wraps the fact that they had paid other YouTubers to talk about the site

This deceit caught the attention of the Federal Trade Commision, who filed a lawsuit against the channels for non-disclosure of financial interests In September 2017, Martin, Cassell and the FTC settled out of court There was no financial punishment, but the pair have been required to make clear any future financial motivations behind their posts Number 2 Sam Pepper For many people, Sam Pepper’s career as a Youtube prankster slash controversy magnet finally crossed the line in 2015 That’s when he uploaded a video in which he tricked his friend into believing he was about to die at the hands of masked kidnappers

You know, one of those light hearted you’re-about-to-be-murdered pranks we’ve all played on our mates before But Pepper actually went too far long before that, when he posted a video in September 2014 called “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank” In case the subtle title didn’t tip you off, Pepper spent that video wondering around the streets with a fake hand in his hoodie pocket With his real hand, he would grope random women while pretending to ask for directions The video was received with near universal hate

The hashtag #ReportSamPepper started trending shortly afterwards, and an open letter telling Pepper to “stop violating women and making them uncomfortable on the street for views” reached over 100,000 signatures Pepper later claimed the video was faked, and that women were all actresses Which explains they all responded to being groped by smiling and playing along rather than knocking him out Number 1 PewDiePie If you’re going to take to a national newspaper to call the biggest Youtuber in the world a nazi, you might want to do more than 20 seconds of research From Peter Sellers to Kay and Peele, parodying the nazis is not exactly untrod ground

And mocking the nazis no more makes you a nazi than Alec Baldwin’s SNL appearances make him Donald Trump However, it is fair to say that the Swedish vlogger went too far in September 2017 While playing Battlegrounds on a livestream, Felix Kjellberg blurted out the ‘N word’ The unguarded moment caused an understandable backlash, with Felix having to upload an apology that has been watched almost 10 million times In it, he announced he was sorry if he’d upset or offended anyone, and admitted he should have known better

His final statement on the matter? “I’m just an idiot” Who are we to disagree? So, that was 10 YouTubers Who Went Too Far Which online stars do you think crossed the line? Did we leave any controversial YouTubers off the list? Let us know in the comments below And if you want more online analysis, check out the 10 Weirdest Videos On YouTube