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‘We are ready for this chapter’: YouTube pioneer KevJumba hints at potential comeback

  • YouTube pioneer KevJumba, whose real name is Kevin Wu, shocked fans after hinting at a potential comeback in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
  • Wu shared a picture of his fiancée Ginger shaving his head with the caption: “I didn't think she'd let me do it... Yesterday, I told her I'm trying to make content, music, stuff again and I needed to let go. … I'm ready to take on the world!”
  • The 32-year-old YouTuber and Twitch streamer did not share specific details about any upcoming content, but several commenters expressed their excitement nonetheless.
  • “Bald Kevin. Kevin. Idc whichever. I can't wait to see what you're working on,” one user wrote, while another asked, “Does this mean your YouTube channel is coming back?”
  • Wu’s most recent main channel YouTube video “Meta,” which was posted on July 28, features a song he wrote, arranged and recorded in collaboration with fellow artists Zooty and Jonum.
  • Prior to “Meta,” Wu posted a comedy skit titled “Texting 101” on Mar. 27, 2017.

YouTube pioneer KevJumba shocked fans after hinting at a potential comeback in a recent Instagram post.

KevJumba, whose real name is Kevin Wu, shared a picture of his fiancée Ginger shaving his head on Tuesday. 

Asian Australian YouTuber stands up against casual racism during a boat show in Sydney

  • Asian Australian YouTuber John Lee, who shares fishing videos on his channel JYL Fishing TV, was recently subjected to racist insults while covering the Sydney International Boat Show in Cockle Bay.
  • In a video published on Aug. 1, he can be seen standing up to a man who tried to make a racist joke at his expense with the question “Is some ting wong?”
  • After Lee called out the man for being racist, the latter doubled down with another racial jab, saying, “Aren't you Aussie? Throw a shrimp on the barbie, mate.”
  • A woman who was with the man, who Lee claimed laughed at the man's joke, said “Matt, please shut up” before pulling him away.
  • Shortly after, security staff approached Lee’s group and told them that the woman filed a complaint and requested that they be removed from the premises.
  • Lee revealed in a separate video that the man pinched him as he was being pulled away, turning the verbal attack into a physical one.

An Asian Australian YouTuber was recently subjected to racist insults while covering an exclusive boat show in Sydney. 

John Lee, who shares fishing videos on his YouTube channel JYL Fishing TV, uploaded footage of the harassment he allegedly endured at the Sydney International Boat Show in Cockle Bay.

Legendary figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu’s new YouTube channel racks up over a million views in 1 day

Yuzuru Hanyu, one of the greatest ice skaters of all time, has launched a YouTube channel after retiring from international competitions. 

In his first YouTube video on Sunday, Hanyu, 27, explains to viewers that he started the channel because he wants “people to watch [his] skating and performances” and promises that he “will continue to skate at [his] best.”

‘Single’s Inferno’ star returns to YouTube months after fake designer clothing scandal

  • South Korean influencer Song Ji-a returned to YouTube five months after taking a break from social media.
  • Song, 25, was embroiled in a scandal after several internet sleuths discovered she was wearing fake designer clothing on Netflix’s “Single’s Inferno,” a South Korean dating show that has contestants search for a partner while stranded on an island called “Inferno.”
  • “I missed the chitchats I had with you, where we’d share too much information about ourselves and such... I wanted to go back into the KakaoTalk chat room with you, but I couldn’t because I didn’t have the courage to,” Song says in her nearly 10-minute YouTube vlog.
  • The “Single’s Inferno” star first returned to social media in early June with a post on Instagram. In the post, she thanked her fans, whom she referred to as “Pringies,” for their “concern and support,” and she also relayed she is “in good health.”

South Korean influencer and “Single’s Inferno” star Song Ji-a has returned to YouTube after a months-long break from social media following January’s fake designer clothing scandal.

Song, also known as Freezia, returned to social media earlier this month with a post on Instagram. In the post, she thanked her fans, whom she referred to as “Pringies,” for their “concern and support,” and she also relayed that she is “in good health.”

Lindsay Ellis opens up about being ‘canceled’ for ‘Raya’ tweets: ‘I wish I had just apologized’

  • During an interview at VidCon on Friday, author and critic Lindsay Ellis opened up about living with the “trauma” of being “canceled” last year after being heavily criticized for her tweets dismissing “Raya and the Last Dragon” as a “redux” of “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”
  • “I think we need to come up with a name for this genre that is basically Avatar: The Last Airbender reduxes. It’s like half of all YA fantasy published in the last few years anyway,” she wrote in her since-deleted tweet from March 2021.
  • Ellis was accused of racism for her comparison of the Disney film and the Nickelodeon show, which both feature Asian characters.
  • The outrage was further fueled after she responded to her critics with a follow-up tweet, saying, “I can see where, if you squint, I was implying all Asian-inspired properties are the same, especially if you were already privy to those conversations where I had not seen them. But the basic framework of TLA is becoming popular in fantasy fiction outside of Asian inspired stuff.”
  • Ellis left YouTube and social media in December 2021 amid the online backlash, saying that it affected her mental health.

Film critic and former YouTuber Lindsay Ellis opened up about living with the trauma of being “canceled” during VidCon, a conference for digital creators, on Friday.

In December 2021, Ellis left YouTube and social media after being heavily criticized online for her tweets dismissing “Raya and the Last Dragon” as a “redux” of “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

Married interracial YouTube couple Jin and Juice allege domestic abuse in public fight amid divorce

Jin and Juice

The marriage of YouTube duo “Jin and Juice,” who rose to fame by sharing videos of their real-life marriage as an interracial couple, has come to a very public and explosive end with each side alleging physical abuse. 

Juice, whose real name is Cerose, initially posted a video on April 26 detailing that the couple had not posted much in recent weeks because Jin, also known as Gohan, was going through a “rough” time and had returned to Korea to take a break and spend more time with his friends and family.

Korean former Navy SEAL Ken Rhee shares video of tense Ukraine mission evacuating wounded soldier

  • Korean ex-Navy SEAL Lieutenant Ken Rhee shared footage on YouTube showing him and other members of the Ukrainian Foreign Legion trying to evacuate a wounded soldier after a reconnaissance mission.
  • The video clip, taken sometime in April, ends with the soldiers abandoning their vehicle due to a flat tire.
  • “These are not a type of offensive operation, but we just go out to scout specific areas,” Rhee tells musician Solnamoo Song in the interview at the end of the video.
  • Rhee, who went to Ukraine in March to fight against the Russian invasion, returned to South Korea on May 27 due to his injuries.
  • The YouTuber-turned-Ukrainian soldier was sent to prosecution without detainment on June 15 by the International Crime Investigation Unit of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency for traveling to Ukraine during a travel ban.
  • He now faces up to a year in prison or a fine of up to 10 million won (approximately $7,730) for violating the local passport law.

YouTuber-turned-Ukrainian soldier Ken Rhee recently shared footage of him and other members of the Ukrainian Foreign Legion in a tense moment inside a vehicle while trying to evade Russian forces. 

The Korean ex-Navy SEAL lieutenant, who went to Ukraine in March to fight against the Russian invasion, uploaded a video to his YouTube channel Friday showing him and his team trying to evacuate a wounded soldier after a reconnaissance mission. 

Filipino trans man Van Vincent Go documents his gender transition on YouTube to inspire others

  • Since 2014, YouTuber Van Vincent Go, 28, has been sharing details about his gender transition journey to empower the trans community in the Philippines.
  • Go realized he was transgender after watching hundreds of YouTube videos on the transgender experience and SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression).
  • While his mother “didn’t really take it well” when he first revealed his decision to undergo the transition medically, Go said he was “already ready with whatever reaction she would give me.”
  • Go, who has so far undergone top surgery, said, “It’s not a guarantee that people are going to look at you differently, because you’re still the same person, and the people around you who do not really believe in these things are still the same people.”

Van Vincent Go, a 29-year-old transgender man from the Philippines, is seeking to empower the local trans community by sharing details about his own transition on YouTube.

Go began detailing his transition on his YouTube channel VandomVincent back in 2014. His videos document the gradual changes in his body, including the surgical removal of his breasts, development of a more masculine chest, growth of facial hair and the deepening of his voice. 

Thai YouTuber wows internet with huge origami city and working train system made entirely of paper

  • Darunbhop Puangsombat, 29, became an online star after making a miniature paper city with different structures, from police stations and apartment buildings to restaurants and a functional train system.
  • The YouTuber took almost a year to finish his project, which was designed around the features of Bangkok.
  • Puangsombat has also made a replica of a NASA space rocket and an Imperial II-Class Star Destroyer from the hit sci-fi franchise “Star Wars.” The latter became so popular online that someone reportedly offered to buy it for almost 2 million baht (approximately $58,660).

A Thai YouTuber has amazed the internet by creating an origami city with a fully working train made entirely of paper.

It took Darunbhop Puangsombat, 29, almost a year to design and create his paper project. The artist, who is also a content creator and freelancer in media production, designed his city around the features of Bangkok.

‘Hunter x Hunter’ fan pledges 1,000 punches of gratitude a day until the end of its 3-year hiatus

Hunter x Hunter fan
  • While manga lovers awaited the return of “Hunter x Hunter,” one loyal fan took matters into his own fists by pledging to throw 1,000 punches every day until the manga resumes serialization.
  • YouTuber Totsugeki Tarue posts daily, hour-long videos showcasing his punches while clad in a white martial arts gi.
  • His routine is an homage to the intensive training regimen of one of the most powerful characters in the “Hunter x Hunter” universe, Isaac Netero, who expresses gratitude for martial arts with 10,000 punches a day
  • Tarue’s 1,000 punches is his own way of expressing gratitude for the efforts of the manga’s creator and author, Yoshihiro Togashi.
  • Though Togashi has announced new “Hunter x Hunter” chapters are in the works, Tarue does not intend on stopping his daily ritual.

While manga lovers around the world have anxiously awaited the highly anticipated return of “Hunter x Hunter,” one loyal fan took matters into his own fists by pledging to throw 1,000 punches every day until the manga resumes serialization.

YouTuber Totsugeki Tarue posts daily hour-long videos showcasing his punches while clad in a white martial arts gi. 

Followers of QAnon ‘Queen of Canada’ face mounting problems after being convinced utilities are free

QAnon queen of canada
  • A QAnon influencer’s followers are now having their utilities shut down after being persuaded to not pay their bills.
  • Romana Didulo, a Filipino QAnon influencer who convinced her followers that she is the Queen of Canada, posted a series of “royal decrees” on the instant messaging platform Telegram.
  • She claimed that electricity is free, water bills are illegal, income tax is abolished and that the cost of rent has reverted to prices they would have been in 1955.
  • Didulo currently has over 70,000 followers on Telegram and does frequent meet-and-greets with her followers through a crowd-funded tour in a rented RV.
  • Many of her followers are now collecting thousands of dollars’ worth of bills and have had their utilities shut down for months due to lack of payment.

After being persuaded to disregard bill payments by a Filipino QAnon influencer who told her followers that she is the Queen of Canada, believers are now facing thousands of dollars’ worth of bills and utility outages. 

Romana Didulo rose to popularity over the last two years after several QAnon influencers “confirmed” that she had sovereign power over Canada, growing over 70,000 followers on the instant messaging platform Telegram.