​Are YouTubers Going Too Far With Their Deathly Stunts?

A well-known Chinese rooftop climber Wu Yongning - who had thousands of followers on social media platform Weibo for his dramatic short videos - died recently while performing a skyscraper stunt, after falling from a 62-storey building in China's Hunan province.


Credit: AsiaWire

His death was also caught on camera - while chilling to watch, it does serve as a graphic reminder of what's at stake with the adrenaline-filled stunts some people are known for.

It's well-known that there's a sense of adrenaline associated with extreme hobbies like rooftopping, which involves climbing extremely tall buildings without safety equipment. Many climbers say that the use of safety equipment detracts from the experience.

But even with such a strong adrenaline rush, it's hard to see the appeal when, as proven, one slip or poorly-placed finger could result in a needless death.

LADbible spoke to popular YouTuber and Instagram star Harry Gallagher, who goes by the name of Night Scape.

For him, it's not about the adrenaline necessarily, but more about shaking up the mundane day-to-day life that society has laid out for us.

Credit: YouTube / Night Scape

"Once you realise that there is more to life then a 9-5 [job] and a desk, that's when you really start to live life," he told us.

However, even with this in mind, he cant see the appeal in the extremity of Yongning's work, and tweeted to say "If you can't do a muscle up/climb up, DON'T HANG OFF BUILDINGS".

Instead, he reckons it's about respecting what your own body and capabilities can handle, and not crossing that line.

"As a free runner I have spent countless hours training climb ups and muscle ups on walls and even I would never hang off a building in the way that Wu Yongning did."

"It's reckless and pointless," he added.

He also stressed that taking the risks that he does - however exciting they may seem - has to involve a great deal of care and expertise.

"If you even have the slightest doubt that you might not survive when faced with a situation like rooftopping, then you should not be there in the first place," he warned.

"When I am on a climb I am calm, collected and ready for any situation that might occur.

"It may seem risky when you watch the videos, but to me every move and decision I make is calculated in my head. I know exactly what I am doing."

He said that while he cannot tell others what to do - or not to do - he does have a responsibility to urge people to take caution.

"What I can do is educate people and advise them - my advice is that this is not a game. Nobody's life is worth losing for internet views and status," he concluded.

"Have common sense, don't make stupid decisions, Internet fame is not worth your life, have fun and stay safe so you go on to tell your grandkids about the amazing experiences that you have lived."

Featured Image Credit: YouTube / Night Scape

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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