Anti-capitalist and trans activists try to cancel Mr Beast again, this time over Feastables chocolate bar drama.
Mr. Beast, a popular YouTuber known for his philanthropic efforts and entertaining content, recently found himself at the center of controversy after a tweet he made asking fans to help organize his product displays in stores. While the tweet may have seemed harmless to some, others saw it as an example of Mr. Beast exploiting free labor from his fans. Additionally, Mr. Beast has been falsely accused of being transphobic because of a joke he made about moving Hershey’s bars to make more room for his Feastables chocolates.
Mr. Beast, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, has become one of the most popular and successful YouTubers in recent years. With over 60 million subscribers, he has amassed a massive following thanks to his creative and entertaining content. In addition to his YouTube success, Mr. Beast has also been praised for his philanthropic efforts, which include donating thousands of dollars to various charities and giving away cars and other prizes to his fans.
However, despite his many accomplishments, Mr. Beast has recently come under fire for a tweet he made asking his fans to help him organize his product displays in stores. The tweet read: “Next time you see Feastables in Walmart (and soon to be new retailers) if you could clean up the presentation and make it look better that’d make me very happy.”
While some fans found the tweet to be harmless and even fun, others saw it as an example of Mr. Beast exploiting free labor from his fans. Many took to social media to criticize the YouTuber, with some accusing him of being a “fascist capitalist pig” and a leech on society. Others went so far as to vandalize Mr. Beast’s product displays in protest.
Despite the backlash, Mr. Beast’s fans have remained loyal, with many taking to social media to defend him against the accusations. Some argued that asking fans to help organize product displays was a harmless and fun way to engage with his audience. Others pointed out that vandalizing the displays was not only wrong but could also make life harder for retail workers who would have to clean up the mess.
Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Mr. Beast’s tweet did not end there. He was also falsely accused of being transphobic after making a joke about moving Hershey’s bars to make more room for his Feastables chocolates. The joke was made in response to Hershey Canada’s International Women’s Day campaign featuring trans woman Fae Johnstone as the face of its “Her for She” campaign.
Many on social media accused Mr. Beast of being transphobic and tried to get him cancelled because of a joke. However, this accusation is entirely baseless and absurd. The Hershey’s Canada controversy was about the company’s decision to feature a trans woman in their ad campaign, not about Mr. Beast’s tweet. By falsely accusing him of being transphobic, these social media users are doing a disservice to the important conversations around trans rights and representation.
Moreover, many of the criticisms of Mr. Beast seem to be politically motivated. Some of the most vocal critics of his tweet are anti-capitalists who see his success as an example of the inequalities of capitalism. This is similar to the recent controversy surrounding Harry Potter author J.K, Rowling, who was criticized for her comments on gender identity. In both cases, it seems that the hate is not based on the actual content of the tweets or comments, but rather on the perceived political beliefs of the individuals involved.
In the case of Mr. Beast, it’s unclear how he’ll respond to the ridiculous accusations of transphobia and controversy surrounding his tweet. As one of the most popular and influential YouTubers, it’s crucial for him to set a positive example for his millions of followers. However, addressing the baseless allegations of transphobia would be nothing more than “feeding the trolls.”
The recent controversies surrounding Mr. Beast’s tweet and the accusations of transphobia highlight the current state of identity politics and how it’s dividing the once united people, especially in the age of social media. While holding content creators accountable for their behavior is important, it’s equally important to forgive and move on when they show a genuine willingness to learn from their mistakes. Working together and supporting one another is the only way to create a more inclusive and welcoming online community for all.