Following the nuclear fallout from his Murder Prank video only a couple of weeks ago, the Internet thought they had seen the last of Sam Pepper. The lack of response to the backlash from such a controversial video, coupled with social media’s revolt to get Sam removed from YouTube stirred nothing from Pepper’s channel or social media pages. That was, until this weekend.
In a short video that remained online for only an hour, Sam Pepper decided to call out all of his haters – by taunting them to give him 1.5 million dollars for the privilege to delete his YouTube channel for good. The reuploaded version of his video can be seen below.
By donating to Sam’s GoFundMe campaign (now shut down due to ‘verification issues’), people are encouraged to donate anywhere from $250 to have their hate tweet retweeted by Pepper’s personal Twitter account to upwards of $25,000 to hit the delete button themselves. However the option to donate $7,500 to kick Sam in the nuts is more enticing…
Whilst Sam’s next attempt to gather media attention kicked up a fuss, the implications of his decision to extort money from angry internet users is extremely problematic. Here are the four most important things you need to know about what happened:
- Sam, like everyone else on social media, can delete their profiles at any moment, totally for free.
We all know this. It’s common knowledge. Unless you have paid for the privilege to create an account on a social media platform we are unaware of, no one will ever hit a pay wall when it comes to deleting their Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/YouTube accounts. And yet, Sam is turning the blood-lust driven hatred from people across the world to make even more money than his Murder Prank video should have gathered in the first place.
In the now deleted video, in which Sam announces the sick campaign, he acknowledges the ever-growing petition to get his channel deleted from YouTube for good – it currently stands at 208k supporters. Using this knowledge, Sam has decided to target the Internet’s thirst to have his mark on the community removed from digital media entirely but at quite a ridiculous cost. Which leads us to our next point…
- Sam used threats not too distance from the villain, Dr Evil.
Yup, he did. The main lure behind Sam’s GoFundMe campaign was fixed on one very empty threat – he had ten controversial videos ready to upload and they would go up every week until he reached the $1.5 million mark. Honestly, it’s laughable isn’t it?!
Not only did he give away the cards in his hand, but he prepared us all for the fact he had videos coming that we could all rally to ignore. Further more, by asking for such an outlandish sum of money within the seven digit bracket, literally no one online could take his request seriously. Where exactly did he get the idea to value his YouTube channel as $1.5 million?!
- Sam decided to launch this hate campaign during Project For Awesome.
Don’t worry if you’re not fully caught up with the wonderfulness that is John and Hank Green’s Project For Awesome campaign – we’re releasing a full round-up today for you to get the feels over. But it is critical to note here that whilst the Green’s were raising money for the good of the world, Sam was trying to get people to donate money straight to his own back pocket simply for hitting a button.
Thankfully, based on it being removed after one hour of activation, he was only able to muster $369 worth of donations. But, as you’ll find out in our final point, this is not necessarily a good thing…
- Sam purposefully chose to raise through the GoFundMe platform.
GoFundMe is run on one very problematic fault – regardless of whether you reach your goal or not, you are allowed to keep every single penny donated to your campaign. Thankfully, Sam was only able to pocket a measly sum of $369 before being shut down, but for a while it was entirely possible that Pepper could have got close to his goal and kept everything.
Playing Devil’s Advocate here, let’s imagine a scenario in which there was one day of the campaign to go, and Sam had raised nearly $1.4 million. The campaign finishes having not reached it’s goal, but Sam is entitled to keep all of the donations, but now with no reason to actually delete the channel as the sum of $1.5 million was not reached. Terrifying, isn’t it?
Thankfully the campaign was stopped before Sam was able to extort a significant amount of cash from angry Internet users, but the case remains that he knew what he was able to achieve by signing up to this crowdsourcing platform. This shines a rather nasty light upon Sam and the way he wanted his reputation to be taken forward.
So what do you think? Would you have donated money to remove Sam Pepper from the Internet, or was this just the next thing on a disgusting list of things this man has done to ruin his career?