The tagline of my blog is “politics and life, but mostly politics.” I don’t know if you the readers will react positively towards a more lifestyle and non-political post that will be this article, but I will publish it anyway. If you, the audience, do not like these sort of posts, I will stop writing them, but here goes my first life sort of post.
Youtube king of vlogging Casey Neistat has been the target of a lot of internet troll’s attention since his app Beme was sold to CNN for upwards of $20 million. As a part of the deal, Neistat became a part of CNN Worldwide and will start a new media brand that focuses on “timely and topical video content powered by the bleeding edge mobile technology.” As you would expect, the deal made Neistat millions of dollars.
And, since we live in the internet age where people can bully anonymously, the vast internet troll community directed their hate at Neistat for “selling out”. It also doesn’t help Neistat that he sold his company to CNN, which has been called “fake news” by the President of The United States. But today, he uploaded a video for his 6.5 million subscribers on YouTube titled “Millionaire YouTube SELLOUT”, he starts the video by burning a stack of $100 bills. Yes, it was fake money.
He then goes on to address for five and a half minutes in an inspirational talk the keyboard warriors who have been labeling him a sellout because of his recent partnership with CNN. He talks about how, as a kid, imagination and wonder fuel your life and ambitions, but as you get older, those dreams quickly fade away in the wake of reality. Cold, mean and brutal reality. In addition to reality, a fear of imminent failure makes dreams a smaller and smaller part of your life.
He talks about his life’s story, how he got his girlfriend pregnant at 15 and how he lived off welfare and washed dishes. He discovered his love for films and maxed out his credit card to buy the Mac. Neistat promised himself when he was still washing dishes and living in a trailer park, that one day he would move to New York City and make his dreams come true.
And he did.
It was a long and painful two years. The filmmaker millionaire recalls living in a city where he had no friends, no family, nobody to come home to, but only the future to look forward to. He was told to move back home, to give up. He didn’t though, he pushed forward until eventually, he made it, he was a filmmaker.
If the haters only invested all that energy they use calling you a sellout and used it to elevate themselves instead, maybe, just maybe, they would be up here with you.
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