His voice is higher, and he's breathless. It seems he's got lung damage; hopefully he recovers as far as possible. He seems to be in good spirits, so that's good.Formally of this parish, Bald & Bankrupt, in pretty bad way.
There's a whole thread about it on the cursed Reddit here.
He posted some pics from the hospital a few days ago on his social media, and initially i was a little dubious.I have watched most of his videos. Seems like a "natural" YouTuber. In this video he doesn't look very thin as most COVID19 patients are supposed to be after recovery.
Yes, it does seem real. His voice and figure are altered. Although your initial hypothesis isn't totally off-base; countries listen to him, and he was made to apologize for comments he made about Chechen women:He posted some pics from the hospital a few days ago on his social media, and initially i was a little dubious.
YouTuber with 2M plus subs, is off doing VLogging saying "Corona is bullshit, i'm not stopping!" and carrying on traveling (tacitly encouraging others) all over former Sov Union as if nothing's happened. Essentially advertising reckless tourism at a time when these countries are bearing the brunt of Covid.
It's conceivable this could've pissed off people in any of these countrie's govt, and maybe a quiet word is made in his ear, no doubt with some sort of information they may have on him, or just a naked threat 'if you want to carry on in this region without an 'accident' then you need to play nicely".
Having watched that i am pretty certain he's legit. He wouldnt be that good of an actor. He's clearly been pretty badly fucked up by it.
I agree re his channel.I enjoy his channel but I take it with a lot of skepticism.
He goes out of his way to never say anything negative. I appreciate his positive outlook on life but you can tell he has to censor his stuff. He seems to seek out the biggest wierdos in a villiage instead of the marriage-age women, and never mentions prostitution, the police, etc. Its all very odd.
As for the Covid, well its still propoganda. He got sick and avoided going to the hospital for 10 days. Where was his girlfriend/wife? She let him get that sick and not go to the hospital? Where are the pics from the ICU? There are big gaps in his story. It might be true, but it seems like it was a message targeted to the most individualistic folks out there - adventure travelers. Call me very skeptical.
I was skeptical too but he's not made any videos for over a month, whilst traveling. So if we are to assume its an elaborate wheeze (no pun) for more views & ultimately cash, then he's sacrificed a month, and likely to establish credibility, the next couple months (he's said he'll need serious rehab and recuperation time), for what, a big splash that may get double one of his normal vids?Story is probably true, but I'm skeptical of YouTubers. They pull stunts all the time because there is pressure to get views.
Well he was in Serbia, not Russia, but two countries are long time allies, and culturally close.Russia is dealing with their own media portrayal regarding Covid. The last thing they want is some famous Youtuber dying there.