There are many good YouTubers out there – Danny Gonzales, Jenny Nicholson, Cody Ko, etc – but they seem to be vastly outnumbered by the genuinely reprehensible people on the video-sharing platform who go to such lengths as kissing their biological sisters, showing people who have killed themselves hanging from a tree and now, exploiting someone’s financial situation and genuinely hunger for some lols.
With that, the YouTuber was sentenced to 15 months and a £17,683 compensation fine in a Barcelona court on Friday. Ren was found guilty of violating the moral integrity of the homeless man, when he tricked him for an online video.
Along with that, the court ruled that Ren’s social media accounts were to be shut down for five years. It’s fair to say he won’t be doing that again.
With that said, the New York Times reports that it’s unlikely that Kanghua will set foot in prison, as sentences under two years are usually suspended if the perpetrator is a first-time offender.
The video in question was from 2017, when Ren filmed himself filling Oreos with toothpaste, before handing them to a homeless man as a prank. Justifying his movements, he said:
“Maybe I’ve gone a bit far but look at the positive side: this will help him clean his teeth. I think he hasn’t cleaned them since he became poor.”
Haha what a scumbag.
The video received widespread criticism and Ren ingeniously responded in another video, saying:
“People exaggerate over jokes in the street [played] on a beggar, when surely if it’s done to a normal person they wouldn’t say anything.
I did not know they would say I wanted to poison a poor man. There were two Oreos that I had already tried first with my brother.“
It’s a matter of perspective, you idiot. Steal the wheels off Bill Gates’ car and he’ll use one of his other ones or get a driver. Steal the wheels off a single mother’s car in a poor area, and she can’t get to work and afford to feed her kids. Obviously I’m taking it to extremes there but you know what I’m getting at.
In response to the “prank”, the homeless man, Gheorge L, said that he threw up five minutes after eating the Oreos. I hope he enjoys his new £17,683.
Kanghua Ren still has the capacity to be a good person, don’t get me wrong. Just learn from your mistakes and try to make amends. Not that he’s reading this…
Images via ReSet/YouTube
Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down.Follow