YouTube star MrBeast has spoken out about problems with the US healthcare system after being hit back for treating blindness for 1,000 people in a viral video.
Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson is the content creator with the most subscribers on YouTube, who successfully broke the long—standing PewDiePie record in 2022.
Donaldson’s videos almost always reach viral status and are usually associated with some kind of high-stakes issue, an expensive project, or an extremely charitable action.
His latest act of kindness allowed the YouTuber to pay the bill for cataract surgery that changed the lives of 1,000 blind people around the world. Throughout the video, MrBeast gave away large amounts of cash (and, of course, Tesla) to strangers and even made a donation of $100,000 to the cause.
The video gained over 49 million views just a few days after being uploaded, but quite a few viewers criticized his charity project, disagreeing with the creator for not mentioning the injustice of the US healthcare system in the upload.
A famous Twitter post even called the MrBeast video “demonic,” while others called it a “charity p*rn” and accused it of using people suffering from blindness to get views.
Even Twitch streamer Hassan seemed to be a little confused by the video, saying he was “deeply disappointed” by the health issues in the United States, noting that the people in the MrBeast video had to rely on a rich man to pay for their lives. surgery, but couldn’t afford it.
According to a study by the National Library of Medicine, manual cataract surgery with a small incision costs hospitals less than $16 for materials. However, the average cost of cataract surgery in the United States can range from $1,600 to $2,600 — a huge amount compared to the cost of materials.
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A few days after the discussion surrounding his video went viral, MrBeast apparently addressed the issue on Twitter, asking why the government doesn’t pay for such operations.
“I don’t understand why there is curable blindness,” he wrote. “Why don’t governments intervene and help? Even if you think exclusively from a financial point of view, it’s hard to understand how they don’t recoup taxes from people who can work again.”