Alfie Deyes has well and truly brought himself a lot of negative attention in the past week regards his latest video, ‘SPENDING £1 IN 24 HOURS!’. He spends a maximum of £1 for the whole day on food and drink which meant he had to wave goodbye to his protein bars and coffee machine. But his attempt to make a point failed when he showed his viewers he still went about his daily millionare life with a PT gym session, using his MacBook, driving his Range Rover and having a ‘casual’ shopping spree. Bad move Deyes, Bad move.
* I had originally linked Alfie’s video, however this has since been taken down. I have found a re-uploaded video, for anyone who has not yet seen the video. I’m not sure how long it will be before this video also gets removed.
Although we don’t have any accurate figures on how much Alfie or any other well-known YouTuber earns from their Ad Revenue, we do know he and Zoella live in a 1.8 million pound mansion, drive various expensive cars including a Range Rover, own multiple additional properties and have written 7 books between them. Put it this way, they’re not scarcest for money!
So when it comes to Alfie’s challenge by “living” off £1 for the day, a lot of controversy has been caused. Those who are really living off £1 a day are unlikely to have internet access so that they can scour Google for food offers and discounts. Hypocritically Alfie stated at the beginning nobody he knows could offer him food or offer to pay for any food, for this to all be forgotten when the boyfriend of someone he went to school with happens to be a worker at Krispy Kreme and offers him 12 Doughnuts… he didn’t turn that down did he?! But of course he took advantage of this and used it for click bait, making people think he got 12 doughnuts for £1 or less, when in fact it was his fame.
Plenty of people have said that if the purpose of this challenge was more about raising awareness of living a life of poverty rather than the video being humorous for views, he wouldn’t have received half as much hate. Being in the eye-line of 4 million subscribers and 5.73 million Twitter followers, one wrong move and the whole of the Internet are taking you down… as they have been!
Most of the controversy comes from the fact he is only half-heartedly taking on poor show at ‘poverty’, while using the views to make money for himself by monetising his video. A grand total of SEVEN adverts are filtered into his 35 minute video so he can buy more crazy things for clickbait like “The Worlds Biggest Pogo Stick”. Viewers were making valid points stating that they’d be much more supportive if the Ad Revenue of the video was being donated to food banks.
Since the video was broadcasted on PointlessBlogVlogs on June 16th, it has now been removed and replaced by an apology video named “Let’s talk about the £1 video”. Alfie has finally regained touch with reality, taking on board what the public have been saying, all the earnings from that video are being donated to any local food banks or charities. To see what else he had to say, i’ve linked the video below.
But let’s have a look what some of the Twitter residents had to say regards the initial controversial video:
What are your opinions on this whole situation?