MrBeast is famous for pulling some of the most elaborate (and costly!) stunts YouTube has ever seen.
So, it really seemed like only a matter of time before MrBeast decided to hold his own version of Netflix’s hit, Squid Game.
Once the video hit that milestone (it currently has 17.8 million likes 🤯), MrBeast began setting up his take on the games, promising his fans that it was going to be as accurate to the show as possible.
The project turned out to be pretty pricey…
… and very time-consuming, with construction lasting over a month.
Once he debuted the sets and revealed exactly how much he was spending on the project, people on social media started to wonder if this was the best move.
While I totally agree that the sets are impressive recreations, some have pointed out that it feels a little tone-deaf. MrBeast is shelling out millions to recreate the games from the show, which pits contestants with high debt against each other in dangerous situations to win money that could change their lives.
Meanwhile, others have acknowledged that MrBeast does a lot of charity work that shouldn’t be overshadowed by his Squid Game project.
In addition to his main YouTube channel, MrBeast runs Beast Philanthropy, a channel where 100% of the revenue goes to a food pantry that he opened earlier this year, as well as his other charitable efforts. He is also currently leading efforts to remove over 30 million pounds of trash from oceans by January 2022, and has previously campaigned to raise $20 million to plant trees all over the globe.
Other MrBeast defenders are even flipping the drama back onto Netflix, commenting on how much money the streamer has currently made from the surprise hit.
Even celebrities like John Legend and Chrissy Teigen faced a similar outpouring of backlash when they hosted a bash based on the hit series earlier this month.
So far, MrBeast seems to be totally ignoring the criticism, announcing Thursday that filming has been completed.
Who knows, maybe MrBeast will find some way to prove everyone wrong? But until then, I’m curious to see where you stand on the matter: