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JayStation, FouseyTube, Drake, Toronto and The Global Clout Epidemic

Jaystation is either a marketing genius or an insane asshole, or both. If you’re not aware Jaystation is a YouTuber that went viral doing 3 am challenges like speaking to dead celebrities through ouija boards, summoning demons or FaceTiming Jesus (yes he actually called Jesus, Jesus picked up then proceeded to change the water on the table to wine, classic Jesus style). He was basically the first supernatural horror YouTuber, or at least the first one I’ve ever seen. I love paranormal activity and all that shit so I spent a day binging his stuff. It was all cool until I got to videos of him speaking to Mac Miller and XXXTentacion through ouija boards a day after their death. It was weird, tasteless and disturbing. It wasn’t funny, there was nothing redeeming about it and it seemed like his agenda was clout thirsty, desperate and stupid. I ignored him for a while and honestly forgot he existed until my boy went viral again. In a now-deleted video, Jaystation pretends to cry over the death of his girlfriend Alexia. At first, he seems to struggle through tears to explain the situation, claiming she was killed by a drunk driver. My boy wasn’t done there. He drops another video and starts it with a “What’s popping guys, back with another 3 am challenge.”. Amidst all this fun he also remembers to mention that his girlfriend Alexia “just passed away”.

JayStation goes on to treat the supposed death of his partner like it were another ‘3 am challenge’. He begs for likes and comments, he warns viewers about the dangers of ouija boards. He obviously also lets his ‘dead’ girlfriends ghost give him a ghost-kiss on the cheek. But then something incredible happened. The dead girl came back to life, but it was to expose their relationship. This is a plot twist nobody could’ve predicted.

Alexia, the girlfriend he claimed had died, came out of the grave to talk about their relationship. JayStation allegedly went through her phone, constantly deleting her social media accounts. Since this went down on the net, he’s been dissing her on his channel.

According to a new video posted to his channel Monday, the whole thing was a stunt to help them gain more subscribers for their shared YouTube channel, Dream Team. I was shocked, et tu Jaystation?

"Basically guys, what I need to tell you is that Alexia is gone," he says in the video announcing their breakup and admitting he lied about her death."Alexia was never dead at all." Throughout the 25-minute video, JayStation sits inside a closet with a backwards hat on like a gay Ash Ketchum, and goes on to explain that it was his idea to fake her death in order to help her become more successful, though he says she agreed to the plan from jump.

"We created the Dream Team channel together and I was really trying to help her reach success in her life as well," he said. He also said that the couple made $50,000 from their first 13 videos together. 50k?!?! Who’s tryna date and die with me real quick? JayStation repeatedly refers to the stunt as a "skit" and a "prank" in the video before going on to explain that Marano has since left him without any explanation. Does someone owe you an explanation if they’re leaving after you basically told the world you fantasize about their untimely death? "What bothers me is that my girlfriend is gone now," he said through tears.

JayStation also claims that he's now in trouble with the law and that there’s a warrant out for his arrest for assault with a weapon, though according to Newsweek, Toronto Police have confirmed that there is currently no warrant out for his arrest. Ottawa Police have also said the same. Only a white man would lie about possessing a warrant. Niggas are not playing those games. We’re already prime suspects to every crime, can’t give the police unnecessary ammo.

All the videos about Marano's "death" have since been deleted from the platform, and she recently reached out to the public to tell her side of the story. "I felt sick to my stomach from the minute he posted it," she says in the video uploaded yesterday. "I did not want to play with anybody's emotions. I don't think it's a cool 'stunt' to do." Alright lady, give back that $50k then. You can’t benefit when it’s good and leave when the Ouija Board challenge views ain’t hitting the same and call them nasty when you filmed everything. Where’s your Trap Queen spirit at? Fetty Wap is somewhere rolling his eye.

He then responded with another video attempting to portray Marano as the villain of the situation and blaming her for all of it. This is after a video where he spent the entire time talking about loving her and saying she was the love of his life like she was Juliet and he was a white Lil Romeo. So this had me laughing for a good amount of time. I’ve been quite open about my love of internet clout chasers. I think they’re a very unique and rare group of people that need to be studied from an anthropological and sociological perspective. They’re a uniquely 21st century breed of human. I think their genetic makeup is different. I think their bone density is different. I think a vast majority of them exhibit psychopathic behaviour. I genuinely think only a psychopath is able to sink to those levels of public humiliation and not care about opinions enough to still execute these plans.

He must have known people were gonna find out she wasn’t dead at some point. She’s gotta go to her dentist appointment at some point. And yet he still didn’t care. He couldn’t be embarrassed. But then that got me thinking. Is he just a marketing genius? Are all these clout chasers just marketing geniuses? What if his plan from the start was to fake her death and then start relationship drama? What if I’m enacting his plan now by talking about him? As usual this brought me back to FouseyTube and his antics from July 15th 2018 when he decided to tell everybody that Drake was coming to his concert when Drake wasn’t even in the vicinity of the event.

Somehow all this TomFoolery revolves around my city. JayStation is a Toronto native and Fousey was gonna manifest Toronto’s own Drake to his event. Toronto is actually producing it’s very own clout chase mafia from up and coming rappers, local disabled people, crackheads and various people and media platforms willing to do anything for clout. The race for internet clout is on and it’s having an obviously negative impact on my city. Drake recently co-signed our very own Chair Girl, which is a girl that got famous for throwing a literal chair off the balcony of a condo and onto traffic. She was in Drakes War music video before he reuploaded it.

I’ve seen this internet clout thing change the literal make up of my city. It feels like there’s a spotlight here but it also feels like a lot of people are willing to do anything to get in the middle of that spotlight. I’ve seen people drink bong water, eat cereal from their friends mouths. I’ve seen rappers start fights with more successful rappers from other cities instead of networking and creating opportunities for themselves, all for the sake of internet clout. And hey man, do you. I’m not here to judge anyone. Everyone’s gotta eat and if that’s how you’re willing to get food then go ahead. It's still super weird. This is a very recent phenomena. All I’m saying is we have to remember that the goal is to live life and enjoy our wealth. Our local rappers are turning into mini Tekashi 6ix9ines that are steadily getting into beef with everyone and everything just to gain clout and nobody seems to notice how strange it is. We’re turning into a goofier version of Chicago. The goal isn’t to be popular online. I’m pretty sure every city is developing its own clout clan, but it definitely feels like we’re at the forefront for now.

But I’m not going to completely condemn JayStation. JayStation might be using the internet right. You see, the internet used to be fun once upon a time. People had real lives and the internet was just something you spent time on not somewhere you lived and had an address at. It was somewhere you went to have fun and ease your stress about real life, not a place that adds more stress to your life. Back then people would say and do whatever on the internet and nobody thought it truly represented them, there was no need for political correctness because you weren’t on here to be a politician, you were just fucking around. We didn’t care if Fred really talked in his high pitch voice, he was just funny. Then reality television culture contaminated the internet. On every platform everyone started running their own reality shows from YouTube vlogs to instagrams. Everyone is their own PR agency and you’re watching every aspect. Everyone is making their own Truman Show. And once everyone got on it, it became real life.

A part of us is living in the internet. We maintain it, curate and fine tune it, clean it, tidy it up and spend all of our time somewhere close to it. Which is more than you can say about your house. Your house can’t be with you in line at McDonald’s. Once we started living on it, employers started checking it so you had to be extra clean because your livelihood depends on it. And suddenly the internet got an HR office and you can only say the “right” things or you’d get cancelled and have Twitter “do its thing” by getting random niggas to call your actual, real life, work place to have you fired, from your literal job. Because of an internet comment. This is the world we live in. Does that person have a family that are gonna struggle because you couldn’t handle his joke from 2008? It doesn’t matter to the Tweet Mob, they just need to eliminate 99% of problematic stuff like the Nazi version of Dettol soap.

So here comes JayStation, FouseyTube, and even Tekashi 6ix9ine. Their lack of shame is either a sign of psychopathy or an enlightened understanding of the illusion that is the internet. This stuff shouldn’t be real life and maybe they’ve figured it out. Maybe we shouldn’t care about who saw our posts, who’s tweeting or subtweeting us, maybe our social media image shouldn’t matter. If you defeat the fear of shame, avoid seeing the people who are gonna hate and troll you, and you don’t care about the negative tweet criticisms, while being able to make 50k for 3 videos? Why wouldn’t you take that deal. That’s the beauty of the 21st century. If you wanna get dinner by showing your asshole on camera and there’s a big enough group of freaks that are into that kinda thing, you can make a fortune. And it’s quite beautiful.

I definitely think JayStation and a lot of clout chasers needs some psychiatric help but I also think he’s on to the right idea. All these clout chasers have it right honestly, they’re just going about it wrong. They’re right in that we shouldn’t treat the Internet so seriously. We shouldn’t care about people's opinions to the point where it cripples us from chasing our dreams. The internet is an amazing place where you can learn a skill and showcase it to the entire world and that's something that didn’t exist before. There are millions of people who would love to live out their dreams but their fear of opinions cripples them. As humans we’re bombarded by thoughts of self doubt and fear of opinions and that really prevents people from sharing their gifts with the world. People are scared of being spoofed and making mistakes, not realizing that every road to greatness is paved with losses and mistakes, it's the only way.

The internet is not a real place, we live in the real world. This is just a tool to connect with other people, it shouldn’t be a virtual reality helmet to enter our matrix life. We shouldn’t take everything on it so seriously and we shouldn’t use it so seriously. Bring back people making dumb skits with their friends or vines in their rooms. Bring back people having fun doing reckless stuff or something cool and unusual. Not everything has to be someone getting exposed, cancelled or critiqued. Everyone’s an idiot sometimes. But obviously these clout chasers are not going about it the right way.

I do believe that there are bad ways to get attention. But JayStations paranormal videos were cool aside from the weird celebrity ouija board thing. He was becoming the Paranormal Activity of YouTube. He had kids wondering if it was real. He brought a sense of mystique and was bending the prank genre to include horror film aspects. But he fumbled it. He dropped the ball. He took away from his cool ideas by continuously being clout thirsty. He reeks of desperation now and he’s done enough heinous things that I no longer wanna tune back in. It’s weird to claim you’re communicating with real dead people who have real families that are mourning. It’s weird to pretend your girlfriend died and it’s definitely weird to try to gain clout by faking a domestic abuse case where you’re the abuser. I’m pretty ashamed that we share the same city. But I don’t believe anyone is hopeless. You can turn this around, and you’re clearly more talented than you probably know. Or else you wouldn’t be sinking to these levels of desperation.

The horror prank ideas are genius, run with it. I advise you to drop all the desperate clout chase gimmicks like the dead celebrity spirit contacts and girlfriend attempted murder cases. Or you can let your dopamine receptors control you in search of momentary highs every time you do something that slowly eats up at you every time you’re by yourself. You can let a short term dopamine burst and short term increase of fanbase destroy what could be an empire. And that goes to all young people in search of that attention. Do you want the attention to build an empire or do you want it so you can dance for everybody? Are you chasing the attention to be trending or are you chasing it for the bag? If your plan is short term then go for it. But just know that in the long run a lot of your stunts are closing windows of opportunity for all of you. Nobody wants to work with the guy that faked his girlfriend's death. Ask any of the other clout chasers that have come and gone. Even Boonk had to change his image.

Any of these sites can just de-platform you and boom, you’re out of there. Cause what they don’t tell you is none of us own these social networks. They don’t belong to us. Those aren’t our followers. These companies are giving you access to their users, if you break their regulations then you no longer have any of those followers. If they delete your YouTube channel, delete your Instagram page or deplatform you anywhere then you have to start from scratch and that means more tap dancing for attention. Again you’re making money right now so you might feel like there’s no reason to take this advice, but this doesn’t seem sustainable and I think FouseyTube and the many other clout chasers that have come and gone can attest to that.

To my city of Toronto, remember that the goal is not internet notoriety. You can be famous online and broke, and that’s not fun. The goal is to make money doing something you love and enjoy life with your friends and family. All these beefs and clout chasing are slowing down the money and bringing you unnecessary attention and negative energy. If the spotlight really is on us we can flip it into a showcase of our dopeness. We can show the world unity, art, our unique culture and our influence. We don’t have to take the blueprint of niggas like Tekashi 6ix9ine and others like him that ended up dead, in jail or irrelevant. But again maybe the clout is all some of you want.

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