After helping 1,000 blind or near-blind people to see, MrBeast was questioned by some who suggested he would profit off the incredible gesture. Vlad chimes in.
With over 60 million views and counting, MrBeast’s video entitled “1,000 Blind People See For The First Time,” continues to trend at number 2 on YouTube, three days after its release.
The 24-year-old MrBeast linked with ophthalmologists and surgeon, Jeff Levenson. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Levenson’s Gift of Sight program offers free cataract surgery to people who are legally blind and uninsured.
Speaking with PEOPLE, Levenson explained the process and how he was contacted by the popular YouTuber. More than half of the blindness in the world is caused by cataracts; a 10-minute surgery, at a material cost of less than $100 in resource-poor places, cures it forever,” said Levenson. “When MrBeast first called me, he enthusiastically described wanting to do a thousand cataract surgeries on blind people, all around the world, in three weeks! I’d never heard of him, the whole thing sounded crazy, he sounded like a 12-year-old, and I almost hung up.”
After helping 1,000 of people as seen in the video, Beats questioned the Government. “I don’t understand why curable blindness is a thing. Why don’t governments step in and help? Even if you’re thinking purely from a financial standpoint it’s hard to see how they don’t roi on taxes from people being able to work again,” tweeted Beasts on Monday.
Although with millions of viewers applauding MrBeasts, some have continued to criticize his generosity and donations. Coming to his defense was DJ Vlad of VLAD TV. In a tweet posted on Tuesday morning (January 31), Vlad explained the math behind Beast’s kind gesture.
“For everyone saying Mr Beast profited from giving 1,000 people eye operations, here’s the math. The cost of these operations was around $5M. The video currently has 50M views, which is about $250K in Youtube revenue. Beast is currently $4.75M in the hole. It wasn’t about money,” Vlad tweeted.
Beasts also made headlines recently when he asked his 18.1 million followers on Twitter if they would vote for him if he chose to run for President of the United States. With over 1.7 million votes as of Tuesday morning (January 31), 69.9% have answered Yes.