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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. 

Credit: ryansworld / Instagram

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.”

READ: A Mexican YouTuber Is Going Viral For This Video Of Him Eating Two Habaneros As Part Of A Dare And It’s Hard To Watch

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This TikTok User Went Viral For Making a Video About What a Latino Character in the Harry Potter Universe Would Look Like

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This TikTok User Went Viral For Making a Video About What a Latino Character in the Harry Potter Universe Would Look Like

Recently, a TikTok video went viral for spoofing what a Latino character would look like if he or she were written by JK Rowling. 

The minute-long video, entitled “If JK Rowling wrote a Latino character”, was created by TikTok user @Munchy_Monk, who also goes by the name “Louie”.

The video (which has now been viewed over 2 million times), starts with Munchy_Monk reading a “script” that JK Rowling sent him.

“Um, Ms. Rowling, I’m not really sure about this character,” he says, his voice full of trepidation. In the video, the imaginary “Ms. Rowling” responds by telling him to “read the bloody script before I call immigration.”

The video continues to be more outrageous from there. His tongue firmly in his cheek, Munchy_Monk runs through the gambit of stereotypes that the media typically portrays Latinos as doing.

With an exaggerated semi-Spanish-sounding accent (one that is all-too familiar for people who watch TV), the TikTok star pretends to be a gardener (“I’m-gardening-leviosa”), a line-cook (“Accio tacos and burritos!”), and a trouble-making student (“I ain’t take no potions. I ain’t even in potions class, foo.”). 

The video is also littered with punny jokes that play on Rowling’s whimsical word-choice. For example, Munchy_Monk pronounces the spell “stupify” as “estupify” and claims he comes from the Hogwarts house “Gryffindor-a the Explor-a”. 

via munchy_monks/TikTok

The TikTok video perfectly illustrates the way Rowling has depicted BIPOC characters in the past, as well as how the media generally portrays characters who have identities outside of what the media considers to be “standard” (i.e. white and straight). 

For a few years now, there have been subsets of the internet who have taken issue with Rowling’s portrayals of BIPOC and queer characters in the the Harry Potter universe. Many consider these characters to be tokenized depictions of what real non-white, non-straight people are actually like. 

Some fans have also grown frustrated to her public statement about Harry Potter characters–specifically how she publicly and retroactively “changedtheir backstories to “gain inclusivity points” without doing the the more meaningful work of writing inclusive characters in the first place. 

Although some fans celebrate Rowling’s fluid approach to the culture and identity of her characters, some claim that the post-publication changes feel inauthentic.

“The problem is we never see those elements of characterisation in the books themselves,” writer Kayleigh Anne wrote in The Independent. “The faith, race and sexuality of her characters has been shoe-horned in retroactively, and it can’t help but ring hollow.”

Of course, the icing on the problematic cake has been the recent transphobic comments and forthcoming book JK Rowling has made about and against trans people. All of these circumstances put into question JK Rowling’s status as an ally to queer and BIPOC people–if she ever was one in the first place.

But one thing is worth admitting: all of the above make Munchy_Monk’s TikTok video especially poignant and darkly hilarious.

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Teacher Recreates Cardi B And Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’ To Inspire Students With Powerful New Lyrics

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Teacher Recreates Cardi B And Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’ To Inspire Students With Powerful New Lyrics

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This summer’s top song, “WAP”, is showing up all over the place. Sometimes, given its explicit lyrics, even in the most unlikely of places – like school district Facebook pages.

That’s exactly where one teacher’s now viral remix of the hit song by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion ended up. The middle school teacher from Virginia wanted to continue her annual tradition of a back-to-school rap and decided to tackle one of this year’s biggest tracks.

The results have left many celebrating the new lyrics, with WAP standing for “We are going to work and progress.”

A Virginia teacher used the summer anthem of “WAP” to get her students motivated for the school year.

Lucy Addison teachers welcome students to a new school year

WATCH THIS: Some teachers at Lucy Addison Middle created a music video to get students excited for a new school year. Ms. Harrington wrote and performed the lyrics. The William Fleming High School Cheerleaders also add to the excitement. Watch and enjoy! Have a great school year Bulldogs.

Posted by Roanoke City Public Schools on Friday, August 28, 2020

Despite classes being cancelled amid a global pandemic, this Virginia teacher’s passion for education has not diminished. In fact, Eboni Harrington – a teacher in from Roanoke, VA – continued her annual tradition of creating a back-to-school rap to get her students pumped up for school (in previous years, she recreated Bruno Mars and Nicki Minaj hits).

“Teaching gives me purpose,” Harrington, a middle school teacher, told Yahoo Life. “I truly enjoy inspiring and encouraging our future leaders of tomorrow. Their ‘aha’ moments are always worth the long hours and commitment.”

Harrington says she was “devastated” when school ended early this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but she was determined to engage with her students, most of whom re-started the school year with remote learning.

“To be unable to have my passion fuel my purpose in a traditional way was tough,” she says. “I found ways to reach my students and had to get creative in doing so. From [using] the Remind [app] with parents and students to downloading a Google Voice number for direct contact, I was there.”

After posting the video to the school district’s official Facebook page, it’s racked up thousands of views.

In addition to recording the song, this year Harrington decided to put together a music video, a process she says took two weeks. Since releasing the track, she’s also posted the video to the Roanoke Public Schools Facebook page, where it has been shared 2,000 times.

“I was super excited to commit to changing the words of today’s most popular song. I got feedback from my family almost every day and even asked the cheerleaders and coaching staff [for] their thoughts. I knew if the cheerleaders were feeling it, then the community would be just as excited, if not more,” she told Yahoo Life.

The middle school teacher adds that she is overwhelmed by the response she has gotten from the music video and was happy to see that parents and students felt less stress when they saw that she, along with other teachers, were excited about the upcoming school year.

Meanwhile, the hit song has inspired countless viral remakes and unique choreography.

If you’ve been on the internet within the past month or so, it’s likely that you have seen people on TikTok twerking with their hands on the ground, humping the floor, and spreading their hoo-has to the sky — all for the sole purpose of following a dance challenge set to “WAP,” the record-breaking No. 1 hit from Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.

“WAP” seems to naturally welcome a more queer, fluid form of sexuality, and that’s perhaps one reason why a new dance video set to the song, starring a troupe of insanely talented queer men, has gone viral. Created by choreographer Nicole Kirkland and beauty influencer Angel Merino (better known as Mac Daddyy), the “WAP” dance cover has racked up over 100,000 likes and nearly 50,000 retweets on Twitter, as well as over 460,000 views on YouTube, since its release last Wednesday

One choreographer from Guam even had his dance routine shared by Cardi B herself.

Just a day after Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion broke records with “WAP”, Esperon – a dancer from Guam – posted a challenge that went viral.

Huge TikTok stars such as Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae replicated the energetic dance, which features high kicks, booty popping, twerking, and splits, according to the tutorial with 28 million viewers. Cardi B even performed Esperon’s challenge on Instagram Live.

Once WAP became viral, Esperon’s social media flooded with comments. Some congratulated Esperon for making it to Cardi B’s Instagram live story; others said he achieved overnight fame. Since publishing his dance, over 100,000 users have posted videos of them trying Esperon’s dance challenge, according to Esperon.

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