Christmas time is upon us, the season of giving and appreciating everything we have in life, but also a fantastic opportunity for Facebook “celebrities” such as Jack Jones and the particularly irritating crimson chinned mongaloid “Jack Maate” to exploit those less fortunate by handing out bags of sweets and thermal hats, all gloriously captured on HD film and uploaded to their channels to the delight of their “fans”
This is one thing that I get particularly annoyed about, not giving to the homeless that bit’s great, but having to wank yourself off about it on Facebook alongside some holier than thou “deep quotes” about what a perfect human you are. Seriously?
A good deed should not need validation from Facebook, and actually i’m not sure whether these homeless people are really happy that they are being shared and commented online whilst they are down on their luck? Why not just let them have what is left of their dignity instead of using their misfortunate to promote yourself.
The great irony in all this, is that everyone knows this is subject which will get shared / liked online, and they will end up making much more money from the video in ad-revenue than the packet of hobnobs they gave to the homeless person. To give you an idea, Youtubers make around £1 per 1000 views, Jack Jones last video has roughly 150,000 views so give or take he made £1500 for giving 3 homeless people some of his old T-shirts and is made to look good at the same time. If you look at Jack Maates videos for example, most of them have around 15,000 views, but the homeless ones earn him well over 100,000, so it’s a no brainer for someone who’s only income is from Youtube hits.
What happened to the good old days where giving was not something that needed to be shouted from the rooftops or captured on HD for everyone else’s entertainment? Are people like Jack Jones really honest good people doing this for the right reason? Would they do this type of act if the cameras were not turned on? I highly doubt it.
I give to charity where I can and not once has it crossed my mind to upload a scan of my direct debit information. Charity is about giving, and these videos are defeating the whole purpose of a charitable act, by using the experience to “receive” as you sit there nurturing a fresh semi from the likes.
Take the video above for example, the camera man is focused in on this old lady as Jack makes his entrance and hands her £10 alone with some advice to “get in a warm hostel for the night”
From what I can see she is not aware that she is being filmed, and the video ends with Jack walking away with a huge boner and a heightened sense of entitlement. The problem here is all videos on Youtube like this would require this old ladies consent for the video to go online, so he either had to talk to her before the “shot” and get her to agree or he had to go back to her after the shot and tell her she was actually being filmed for a Youtube video. Just imagine that conversation, does it make you cringe as much as me?
If you want to cringe even harder, check this one out below. Jack puts some sad piano music on in the background and walks up to various homeless people offering them a sandwich and a water. The camera is shoved in their face as he give them a patronising high five making sure everyone in the area can here him say “heres some food and water fella” . Is it just me that finds these videos really actually quite offensive?[fbvideo link=”https://www.facebook.com/jackjonestv/videos/893827354069985/” width=”500″ height=”400″ onlyvideo=”1″]