Alfie Deyes Responds To £1 Video Backlash: "I’ve Made Myself Look Like A Complete Twat"
18 June 2018, 14:35
"I simply saw it as another YouTube challenge"
Alfie Deyes has posted a new video apologising for and explaining his intentions behind a recent vlog that stirred up controversy online.
This week, Alfie was forced to apologise after he shared a vlog entitled "Living Off £1 For A Day," which involved him attempting to live off just £1 for 24 hours. The video was criticised for "making poverty a game," and Alfie was accused of insensitivity, due to the fact that the vlog was published on the 1 year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, a tragedy that 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
"I just got to Twitter to some people are unhappy with the video I jut uploaded," Alfie wrote in a now-deleted note shared to Twitter on June 14th. "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."
Now, Alfie has uploaded a new video to YouTube discussing the backlash in more detail.
Admitting that he "messed up really, really bad," and made himself "look like a twat," Alfie apologised for the vlog, explaining that he "didn't think of charity" when he was making the video. "I simply saw it as another YouTube challenge."
Alfie went on to say that he "fully gets" why people accused him of ignorance, and thanked those who "constructively" reached out to him.
He also assured viewers that any profit from the video in question would be donated to charity, and that he is "not a Tory."
Watch the full video below: