There’s a supreme lesson here. Not only is clean, potable water not a human right, but it’s something to be castigated if brought to Africans by a white man. As Ryan Girdusky wrote on Twitter: “They’d literally have people die of dehydration instead of celebrate someone providing clean drinking water because it’s a white man.”
What is this in reference to, you might be asking yourself? This:
MrBeast is facing backlash after helping build 100 wells in Africa.
The YouTube personality hopped took to Twitter on Friday to tease the project. “We’ve spent over 8 months working on tomorrow’s video and it’s the greatest thing I’ve ever done!” he wrote.
On Saturday, MrBeast dropped the video, which features his team traveling across Africa in an effort to provide fresh water for those without access. The clip sees the YouTuber bringing water to a hospital in Zimbabwe and a school in Kenya, in addition to other sites in Uganda, Somalia and Cameroon.
It didn’t take long before MrBeast’s latest endeavor resulted in controversy, as social media trolls blasted the YouTuber for being disingenuous.
MrBeast addressed the backlash in a tweet, saying he thinks he’s “gonna get canceled” over the video.
“I already know I’m gonna get canceled because I uploaded a video helping people, and to be 100% clear, I don’t care,” he wrote. “I’m always going to use my channel to help people and try to inspire my audience to do the same.”
There is no point in helping these people. No point whatsoever. The co-owner of Trending Politics, Collin Rugg, put it best on Twitter, writing:
Activists are upset at YouTuber Mr. Beast for building 100 wells across Africa that provided clean drinking water to its citizens.
Although the wells provide clean water to half a million Africans, activists are upset with Mr. Beast because they’re annoyed a white male was the one who solved the problem.
“I’ve been doing this for 15 years, but we’ve been struggling to continue the work because funding, awareness, and advocacy all take work,” said founder of FACE Africa Saran Kaba Jones. “Overnight, this person comes along, who happens to be a white male figure with a huge platform, and all of a sudden, he gets all of the attention. It’s kind of frustrating, but it’s also understanding the nature of how the world is,” she said before giving him a weak ‘thank you.’
Others were upset that Mr. Beast “highlighted” the failures of the Kenyan government that maintained the stereotype that Africa is “dependent on handouts… and philanthropic intervention.”
Mr. Beast predicted the backlash, saying he he [sic] knows he is going to get “canceled” but he doesn’t care. “I already know I’m gonna get canceled because I uploaded a video helping people, and to be 100% clear, I don’t care.”
Clean drinking water is racist.
Actually, the actions of Mr. Beast, the white YouTuber, simply confirmed stereotypes we all know are true and clearly establish why the indigenous people of Africa should be left to dig their own holes. Because in the absence of a white person digging a hole and providing potable water for millions, you have no holes and no potable when Africans are left alone.