So, unless you happened to be living under a rock, you will already know that last night (Wednesday, 22 June) Marcus Butler made an appearance on the BBC cooking show, MasterChef. The YouTuber, with over four million subscribers, took on the challenge of cooking for TV judges, Gregg Wallis and John Torode – and he even learnt what a pomegranate looks like.
Marcus competed against the likes of Sinitta and Alexis Conran in the first round of the competition and made it through to the next stage. However, the news on Twitter wasn’t about the fact he learnt how to professionally cook a prawn, viewers of the show were actually asking who Marcus was, and why he was on Celebrity MasterChef. Of course to us, this is the most obvious question in the world; with a best selling book and a chart topping rap single, it’s hard to believe that people don’t know who he is.
The show managed to divide Twitter users into those unable to contain their excitement to see Marcus cooking, using the #MarcusOnMasterChef, and those who seemed enraged that the show had let a ‘vlogger’ join their celebrity line up. This is just one of the many times that the YouTube community have failed to be taken seriously by the media and we have to admit, a few of us here at Unicorns HQ actually had to do a quick Google search on a few of the ‘mainstream’ celebrities in the line up.
But, in case any of you reading this still have absolutely no idea who Marcus is, or if you would like to explain the him to someone who is still slightly confused, then we’re going to give you the complete low down on everything you need to know about the Internet star.
First of all, who is Marcus?
Marcus started YouTube all the way back in 2010 and became a firm favourite within the YouTube community. He was soon introduced to the rest of the Internet world, gaining friends such as Alfie Deyes, Caspar Lee and Tyler Oakley, who were also growing in subscribers on the video sharing platform. To date, Marcus has now got over four million subscribers, almost three million Twitter followers and sees millions of views on each of his videos each month. How have you not heard of him?
But, what does he do?
Marcus now has two YouTube channels in which he posts comedy challenges, the occasional collab and daily vlogs where he promotes his healthy lifestyle. He’s also the founder of the healthy food subscription service, ‘SourcedBox’, that he created with fellow YouTuber, Niomi Smart. The box features different healthy snacks that you can tuck into each month and don’t feel guilty about eating.
Why should you love him?
We have always applauded Marcus for his positive attitude to healthy eating. He included this element of his life into his best selling book, ‘Hello Life’, that was released earlier this year. The book doesn’t just include your usual healthy eating spiel, Marcus actually shares his personal experiences with health and wellbeing and we must admit, it’s inspiring.
Where have you seen him before?
If you’re now thinking ‘wait a minute, I know him from somewhere’ then you may have spotted him on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away. He and Alfie (Malfie, obvs) had a regular feature throughout the series and it was pretty cool to see them up on our TV screens.
We hope that the rest of the world begins to understand YouTubers and their valuable place within our society. But until then we’d like to know whether we’ve helped any of you Marcus newbies out there in the comments.