Alfie Deyes Apologises After "Living Off £1" Vlog Sparks Outrage
15 June 2018, 10:13
Alfie was accused of "making poverty a game" in his latest vlog
Alfie Deyes has issued an apology after his latest vlog sparked outrage online.
Yesterday, Alfie shared a video called "Living Off £1 For A Day," in which he swapped his lavish lifestyle for just £1. But during the challenge Alfie was able to use petrol to drive and took a personal training session - all things that cost far more than the allotted £1.
Alfie was accused of being out of touch, with many criticising him for complaining that he has to drink tap water instead of bottled. He was also criticised for not using the vlog to raise awareness about real poverty, and publishing the vlog on the one year anniversary of the Grenfell tragedy, which disproportionately affected poorer people.
The point of the matter is, this is a reality for some, and you’ll never have any idea what poverty feels like. Making poverty a game or entertainment is straight up offensive.— Carlie’s Life (@carlieslife) June 15, 2018
When Alfie Deyes drives a fucking 17 plate Range Rover to buy his reduced section food, he’s rubbing the fact in that this is a new experience for him, and he finds it strange. @PointlessBlog was upset that he couldn’t have his coffee or filtered water for breakfast— 🦆 (@GeoDersley) June 14, 2018
Still bull and makes you come across as a spoilt brat. Oh poor little rich boy can’t use his water filter machine, how on earth will I sleep at night worrying about that!!!— Sara 💍👰🏻👰👭 (@rainbow_tardis) June 14, 2018
What about adding some links on where to find your local food bank? What about actually working with a charity who helps support people living in this kind of poverty? Other people’s desperation isn’t your privilege Alfie, this is actually a lot of people’s reality.— carys ✨ (@neckdeepcaz) June 14, 2018
In response, Alfie apologised and changed the title of the vlog to "Spending £1 In 24 hours."
"I just got to Twitter to some people are unhappy with the video I jut uploaded," Alfie wrote in a note shared to Twitter. "I'm so sorry if this has upset you, that was never my intention. I'd seen many others do this video recently and wanted to try it myself. Some people ave seen the video as me mocking others, which I for sure was not going in the video."