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The World’s Highest-Paid YouTuber Made $29 Million In 2019 And Their Identity May Surprise You

YouTube is an incredible place where you can find videos on just about any kind of topic, told by every type of person on earth. You have the expert makeup artists, the wannabe influencers, aspiring singers, little kids filming random stuff. All of them may not care to be the next Internet superstar, but they indeed seek viewership and subscribers. But what we love about this story is that the most popular YouTuber isn’t a high-profile makeup influencer or model but a little kid who makes learning a joy. 

In 2019, the highest-earning YouTuber is 8-year-old Ryan Kaji, who made a whopping $29 million. Oh, and it’s the second consecutive year he has come in at No. 1. 

Ryan first got on YouTube at just 3-years-old, of course with the help of his parents, and back then, his channel was all about testing out toys. Now he’s moved on to more educational videos, which we think is terrific. He informs his millions of subscribers how to brush their teeth, how to recycle, and why it’s essential, and other cool things like conducting experiments. 

His channel is called Ryan’s world and has more than 23 million subscribers.

The revenue typically comes from sponsors of his channel, which include companies such as Walmart, Hasbro, Netflix, Chuck E. Cheese, and Nickelodeon, the New York Times reports. Aside from his sponsors, Kaji also makes his millions by having shows on Nickelodeon and Hulu. He also has a toy line and clothing collection, CNBC reports.

The rest of the top five YouTubers includes the cast of Dude Perfect, who made $20 million, a 5-year-old Russian-born girl named Anastasia Radzinskaya made $18 million with her videos of her and her dad playing with toys. Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, host Good Mythical Morning (not kids), made $17.5 million, and makeup expert Jeffree Star made $17 million. We wonder how these adults feel about coming in fourth and fifth place after a couple of kids. But hey, millions are still millions. 

The most popular video on Ryan’s World channel features Ryan playing with huge eggs. It has more than 1.9 billion views.

The video focuses on Ryan, who was much younger, playing with huge eggs inside a giant inflatable water slide. The whole thing was a challenge of sorts in which viewers watched how many eggs he could get. Each egg also had a toy. Sounds fascinating, right? I’m sure it is for younger children. 

In another video, No. 2 for the most popular clip, which has more than a billion views, has Ryan opening a giant Disney Pixar Lightning McQueen Easter egg surprise filled with cars and planes toys for kids. Kids must really love giant eggs. 

But of course, with that kind of revenue comes scrutiny and Ryan’s World channel has come under fire from a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. 

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In September, someone filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and accused Ryan’s World of not being transparent with their toy reviews. The complaint, in essence, accuses Ryan’s World of not informing its viewers, which are typically children, of disclosing which products were sponsored by a company and which toys were being reviewed organically by Ryan, meaning without payment. 

The New York Times reports that at least 90 percent of the Ryan ToysReview video, which was what his channel was previously called, “included at least one paid product recommendation.”

“A 5-year-old isn’t going to understand that Ryan’s talking about the toys because Target is paying him to talk about the toys,” Josh Golin, the executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, told the Times. “There may be some disclosure, but disclosure isn’t meaningful to a child that young.”

Ryan’s dad responded to those accusations by saying they have always complied with regulations and advertising disclosure requirements. 

“As the streaming space continues to quickly grow and evolve,” Shion Kaji said to the Times, “We support efforts by lawmakers, industry representatives and regulators such as the F.T.C. to continuously evaluate and update existing guidelines and lay new ground rules to protect both viewers and creators.”

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Boyfriend Proposes To His Girlfriend By Hacking Her Favorite Disney Movie And Making Them The Lead Characters

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Boyfriend Proposes To His Girlfriend By Hacking Her Favorite Disney Movie And Making Them The Lead Characters

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Lee Loechler wanted to make his proposal extra special. Loechler was hoping to give his high school sweetheart, Sthuthi David, something truly catered to her. As it turns out, her favorite film is the animated feature Sleeping Beauty. Loechler came up with a plan to alter the film so that she was a character in it. 

“It’s not every day you get to propose to your High School sweetheart. For the past six months, I’ve been working with an illustrator to animate my girlfriend and myself into her favorite movie, Sleeping Beauty. On 12/30/19 I popped the question in a theater filled with our friends and family,” he wrote on the Youtube caption. 

The legendary proposal

The theater was filled with the couple’s family and friends but somehow David had no idea. Suddenly, at the end of the film Aurora has beautiful brown skin and the handsome prince looks a lot like Loechler. At first, David was confused but when the cartoon prince whipped out an engagement ring and Loechler stood up in the theater, what was really happening became completely clear. 

“It’s not every day you get to propose to your high school sweetheart. So I just wanna take my time, savor this moment,” Loechler says getting down on one knee. 

“Oh my god, these poor people,” David says tearfully. 

“They’re all in on it,” Loechler revealed. At this moment David turns around and realizes that the theater is filled with their loved ones. 

“I love you with my whole heart including all of its ventricles, atriums, valves — she’s a cardiologist. Sthuthi David, MD, will you live happily ever after with me?” Loechler says. 

“Yes,” David exclaims before joking. “I thought there was something wrong with the movie!” 

Loechler and David seem to share a wicked sense of humor. After the proposal airs, an alternative ending where David rejects his proposal closes out the movie. 

“The only thing better than seeing the smartest person I know completely dumbfounded was knowing we’d get to live happily ever after together. Enjoy,” Loechler wrote on Instagram. 

The artist behind the proposal.

Loechler worked with Australian scientist turned illustrator and animator Kayla Combs for six months to get the proposal just right. 

“SURPRISE!!! For the last 6 months I’ve been working with the incredible [Loechler] to execute the Sleeping Beauty proposal of his high school sweetheart’s dreams,” Combs wrote on Instagram. “After many late nights sketching and coloring I might be even more excited that [David] said yes than he is! Lee, thank you so much for trusting me with your vision. It’s truly been an honor to be a part of this. Wishing you both the happiest of Happy Ever Afters.”

Combs worked as an analytical chemist for two years before pursuing her dream of becoming an illustrator. Now she creates cartoon characters featuring a diverse array of women and is donating 100 percent of profits from her children’s book What Can We Be? to raise money for the Australian Bushfire Disaster Appeal to support Australian firefighters. 

The reaction

The video which has garnered almost 3 million views on YouTube, and has received widespread media coverage, since yesterday is certainly a hit. People simply had no choice but to stan such a thoughtful proposal. 

“I have no clue to logistical magic that had to be done to animate yourself & your girlfriend into sleeping beauty, rent out a movie theatre, & get all your family & friends into the theatre w/o her noticing anyone),” one Twitter user wrote.

Some men on Reddit felt like the video made their proposals pale in comparison to the amount of effort that went into Loechler’s.

“I thought I was smooth with my bridge and lilyponds on a black sand beach in Hawaii….. this guy just went and rewrote theatrical history, broke the fourth wall, made a 4th-dimensional joke and timed it perfectly, made a highbrow doctor’s joke, conspired with the internet, and filled a theater with family and friends,” one Reddit user said.  

Loechler has set a very high bar for himself, but it is pretty clear he believes David deserves nothing but the best. 

Roger Ailes Allegedly Asked Megyn Kelly To Twirl And She Said ‘God Help Me, I Did It’

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Roger Ailes Allegedly Asked Megyn Kelly To Twirl And She Said ‘God Help Me, I Did It’

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There’s no denying that the new Jay Roach movie “Bombshell” is controversial. The film, which zooms in on the lead up to the events that led the women of Fox News to take down Roger Ailes. Already on the conveyor belt of Oscar’s buzz, the film’s depictions, of which includes a stand out performance by Charlize Theron as Megan Kelly, “Bombshell” is not without its disappointments.  The film works to promote a world in which Kelly is a tell-it-like-it-is journalist who puts powerful people in the hot seat– that is when Ailes is not at the helm. However it overlooks the ways in which the former host of The Kelly File used her prosecutorial experience to argue for racist conspiracy theories and cram down white ideals of Jesus and Santa. Miserably, it forgets, how in her years after her experiences at Fox, Kelly was ultimately pushed out of her position at ABC after defending the use of Blackface. 

The film, however, does do its part in lighting up the toxic work environment in which Roger Ailes promoted during his reign at Fox Network and which Kelly not only endured but ultimately her part in bringing him down from his thrown. Speaking out about her experiences with Ailes and her depiction in the film, Kelly recently sat down with a handful of other Ailes’ alleged victims for a roundtable discussion. 

The former Fox News anchor sat down with Aile’s alleged victim and talked about “Bombshell.”

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In a video posted to her youtube channel, Kelly sat down for a roundtable interview with Juliet Huddy (former host of Fox News’ The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet), Rudi Bakhtiar (former Fox News reporter) and Julie Zann (former associate producer of Fox News Live). 

In a teaser clip of the interview, Kelly talks about  “the infamous spin inside of Ailes’ office” depicted in a scene starring Margot Robbie. In it, Ailes instructs Robbie’s character to “twirl” for him so that he can have a better look at her body. The scene is cringe-worthy and absolutely stomach-turning at best. The scene is reportedly an accurate depiction of a method Ailes would use to harass his employees. 

During her interview, Kelly asks the former Fox News hosts whether or not Ailes made them spin.

Most of the woman replied that he did, while the others say there were other forms of harassment. But when Kelly is asked by one of the women if she’d been told to do the twirl, the former ABC hosts replies  “I was asked to do the spin and God help me, I did. I know people think it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, you spin around.’ But I remember feeling like, ‘I put myself through school; I was offered partnership at Jones/Day, one of the best law firms in the world; I argued at federal courts of appeal all over the nation; I came here, I’m covering the United States Supreme Court; I graduated with honors in all of my programs and now he wants me to twirl?’ And I did it.” “It was like, if you don’t get how demeaning that is, I can’t help you.”

Zann, Bakhtiar and Huddy all said that they had similar interactions with Ailes to the one depicted onscreen while they worked at Fox News. 

Speaking in the interview Huddy said, “he never did the twirl thing to me. He would just say, ‘Turn around and let me see your ass. You’re too skinny, gain some weight.’ That kind of stuff.”  Meanwhile, Zann recalled that she was “was asked to twirl, and I did it.” 

 Bakhtiar also admitted that Ailes had asked her “to get up and turn around, and I didn’t do it. I didn’t get up and turn around, but he did ask me.” 

Speaking about the culture of sexual harassment at Fox, each of the women explained that they had worked with Ailes because they were fearful of losing their positions.

“This was the way it worked, everyone would tell you, ‘Don’t complain about sexual harassment because you’ll lose your job,’ ” Bakhtiar said in her trailer.

Last month, in response to the trailer, Kelly admitted the release of the film was particularly emotional for her. 

“Watching this picture was an incredibly emotional experience for me, and for those with whom I saw it,” Kelly wrote on Instagram “Sexual harassment is pervasive in this country; it can leave scars that do not heal. My heart goes out to those who’ve gone through it, who I hope might find some comfort in this story.” 

Watch the full trailer for “Bombshell” starring Charlize Theron here.