Amos Yee Needs Donations So That He Can Buy A Nintendo Switch And $6 Cakes
It’s been over a month since Amos Yee was released from prison and it seems that the controversial YouTuber is back to his abrasive best. The 18-year-old had fled Singapore after being arrested for his controversial videos where he slammed the government, race and religion. He was finally granted asylum, but not before being thrown in jail for 10 months.
Amos had hoped that he would be able to earn a living by continuing to create controversial videos, since America’s freedom of speech laws would presumably prevent him from getting arrested.
However, it seems that things are not going as planned for the child-actor after YouTube began demonitising videos with controversial content. In a Facebook update posted on Thursday (2 Nov), Amos appealed to his subscribers for financial help in a Facebook post and a new video.
‘Adpocalypse’ might be fatal for Amos
‘Adpocalypse’ is the demonetisation of YouTube content, after advertisers became fearful that they were “supporting objectionable content with their ad dollars”. Forbes highlighted that this fear arose after terrorist organisations, such as Hezbollah, began using the video platfrom as a means of funding through advertisement revenues.
For controversial YouTubers like Amos, the ‘Adpocalypse’ spells disaster. Amos suggested the change threatened to derail his plans of making money from YouTube, and that he needed help from his fans.
The YouTuber revealed that more than 50% of his old videos has been demonitised, given their controversial political content as well as the use of vulgar language. In light of this, it would be safe to assume that he would not be able to sustain a living from simply making videos since he plans on talking about such controversial content.
For those that have wondered how the Amos has been surviving since leaving school, he has been living off his parents, his YouTube earnings and the leftover money from the crowdfunds of his legal fees in Singapore. He is now left with a paltry sum of $1,000.
But what about the $8,000 raised for his legal fees in the America? Well, the funds raised for his lawyer fees and food in US jail have been fully expended. In fact, Amos admitted that he owes “somebody” $4,000.
A look at his Patreon account reveals that donors are so far hard to come by.
The former child-actor now requested for his supporters to donate at least $1 a month so that he can hit $600 — the amount Amos says he needs to survive. He also refers to potential donors as his employers, and hopes his material will be deserving of donations.
For now, he has 14 patrons, who donate a monthly combined total of $43.
Willing to be shameless
But what happens if Amos faces a case where he is not getting enough donations? Well, getting a part-time job is certainly not on the cards.
Instead, Amos said that he would rather borrow money, than do something he doesn’t like. He added that getting to do what he loves is worth the shame of relying on others for money.
However, he hopes that his supporters would do their bit by donating to his cause. This would allow him to pay the $4,000 loan, and afford luxuries such as a Nintendo Switch and $6 cakes.
This has been met with fierce criticism.
You got me begging me for mercy
Netizens were turned off by Amos’ shameless act of asking for financial support as they felt that he did not deserve to receive any help.
One netizen sarcastically obliged to donate a billion dollars worth of hell money.
Some were eager to help the controversial blogger by suggesting creative ways of earning money.
A few even suggested taking on a risqué job.
However, there were those that stood up for the Youtuber.
Hater should go and ‘love’ themselves
In a separate Facebook post on 3 Nov, Amos responded to the haters.
The YouTuber taunted Singaporeans for working hard for more than three-quarters of their life to pay bills and an “overpriced flat”. He added that if Singaporeans were willing to be more “shameless”, they would feel less miserable since they would be doing something that they actually enjoy.
Amos feels that spending 40-50 hours a week on making videos is no easy task and as such, asking for funding should not be seen as begging.
Releasing videos, getting flamed by people on the internet — looks like Amos Yee is truly back.
Featured image from YouTube.