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MrBeast Curing 1K Blind People on YouTube Isn’t the Real Problem

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Oh, is that what was in the case?
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MrBeast Curing

YouTuber Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson has sparked some interesting talk online because of his latest video. It may be the fate of a content creator when he becomes, as in the case of MrBeast, the “king of youtube.” However, the wrath the feel-good creator has garnered is, while accurate in the review, completely misguided in direction.

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With some 131 million the subscribers on Google’s video-sharing platform, and millions more across ICT Tac and Twitter—MrBeast has become the new “King of YouTube” since November 2022, surpassing even the astronomical number of subscribers once held by creator Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg. Spend enough time on the site and whether or not the algorithm has your number, there is a chance that a MrBeast video will appear on your homepage. And even if it doesn’t, his videos garner millions of views, appearing on Trending pages in categories like the “Now” and “Games” sections. And with so many eyes comes almost as many comments and thoughts.

That’s exactly what happened with MrBeast’s latest video. Uploaded on January 28, the video, titled “1,000 blind people see for the first time”, has already racked up more than 62 million views. It’s third on YouTube’s trending page as of this writing, and for good reason! Reread this title. The guy helped people get their vision back. “In this video, we’re curing 1,000 people’s blindness,” MrBeast says at the start of the exactly eight-minute video. “It’s going to be crazy.”


Fool was right! As MrBeast and an anonymous surgeon in the video explained, the people chosen for the “10 minute surgery” seem to have some form of cataracts, which is a clouding of the normally clear lens. Regardless of age, the protein in the eyes can break down and clump together, creating that blurry feeling that some people experience. By using a “small aspirator to suck out the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial one”, known as an intraocular lens, people are able to see again. And MrBeast’s video makes a point of illustrating just how life-changing this “simple surgery” is. He offers people $10,000 as they roll on the floor and, in some cases, cry through lighter, saltier eyes. I mean, MrBeast gave a patient a Tesla and another $50,000 for college after the successful procedure. Hell, MrBeast has even taken the surgery overseas, helping blind people in Brazil, Honduras and Mexico because “nearly half of the population with curable blindness doesn’t have access to this surgery.” To say it’s heartwarming is an understatement.

While many people online are applauding what MrBeast has done with this particular video, myself included, not everyone is happy with his philanthropy. The core of the criticism is that it exploits people with disabilities to weight and ultimately, returned. Because he does charity work, people say MrBeast shouldn’t try to capitalize on this work by creating content that generates more eyeballs on him. He should do it in secret, according to the consensus, and not blow it up all over the place.

But that completely misses the point. As some have pointed out online, including streamer Hasan “Hasanabi” Piker, the real issue is not MrBeast’s philanthropy, but rather paid access to simple surgery that could have healthy, lasting, and positive effects on an individual’s eyesight. Consider that, according to the non-profit organization MyVision.org, the average cost of cataract surgery in the United States is between $3,500 and $7,000 per eye. It doesn’t include any kind of insurance benefits, which as someone with an often uninsured eye condition called keratoconus means people could be saddled with a hospital bill in the tens of thousands. of dollars. On the contrary, MrBeast’s heartbreaking video is an indictment of our failing ultra-capitalist healthcare system. The fault should not be with MrBeast. It should be with Big Pharma.

MrBeast is aware of this, asking on Twitter why “governments don’t step in and help”. He seems to have internalized some of the criticism, however, tweeting that people on the Bird app are angry because he helps others with his money, something he acknowledges people expect of the wealthy. He has even asked his supporters about voting for him if he ran for president, of which almost 70% answered “Yes”. Obviously, people appreciate what MrBeast does with the money he makes on YouTube.

my city has contacted MrBeast for comment.

Additionally, recording his philanthropic works and sharing them on YouTube where they can rack up millions of views likely funds MrBeast’s charitable endeavours. While relying on one person’s wealth is far from ideal, it is a temporary band-aid to a fundamental problem of wealth distribution, as our publicly funded institutions, such as libraries and schools, are grossly underserved and vastly underfunded thanks to government inaction and pathetic legislation. . This is extremely frustrating, especially since there are ways to fix the broken system so that it benefits more people than it currently does.

Ultimately, however, the real problem here is capitalism. Because it’s all for profit, there’s no way anyone can do anything when money is at stake. Even if MrBeast were to become president in an alternate reality, until we decoupled our society evils of capitalism, until we learn to do things just because it’s the right thing to do and not because it will generate views and revenue, nothing will change. MrBeast is not infallible, and criticizing him or his philanthropic efforts is completely acceptable. But we should just make sure we’re criticizing the right thing, and in that case, what deserves the ire is our stupid, privatized, for-profit health care system.

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