Final week noticed one of many 12 months’s greatest tales finish in tragedy, when the seek for OceanGate’s Titan submersible ended with affirmation it had imploded, killing all 5 folks on board. OceanGate’s tourism enterprise had the craft making repeated journeys to the Titanic since 2021. However the incident prompted deeper investigation into the corporate, revealing how fast-and-loose it had been with security.

One of the crucial surreal elements of watching this occasion unfold was the repeated hyperlinks folks made to tech and gaming. Iron Lung, a horror game about being caught in a submarine, grew to become one of many factors of comparability within the second, with its creator remarking on Twitter “this feels improper” as he noticed gross sales for the game spike instantly. There was chatter about Gabe Newell’s funding in a submarine, or the Logitech controller used to pilot the Titan, after which maybe most weird of all of the tragic consequence was first confirmed by a relative sharing a message from the president of the Explorer’s Membership: Richard Garriott, aka Lord British, creator of the Ultima collection.

Now Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ Donaldson, some of the widespread influencers on the planet, has claimed he was alleged to be taking a visit on the Titan. “I used to be invited earlier this month to trip the titanic submarine,” mentioned MrBeast in a tweet, sharing a picture of a textual content message. “I mentioned no. Type of scary that I may have been on it”.

The textual content message is from an unknown sender MrBeast calls “a good friend” and says: “Additionally, I will the Titanic in a submarine late [sic] this month. The group can be stoked to have you ever alongside. I am positive you are additionally welcome to hitch.”

MrBeast has 162 million YouTube subscribers and is understood for basically huge stunts, typically involving huge cash. He is finished his personal model of Squid Game, he is been buried alive, and lately he even used his cash to remedy the blind—an act some decried as “charity porn“. Both method he’s an emblematic determine of the age, and arguably some of the recognisable faces on the planet.

Or to place it one other method: “Zoomers simply obtained their “Massive Bird declined an invitation to trip the Challenger house shuttle” second,” mentioned Iron Spike, referencing a proposal that Sesame Road’s mascot journey on the ill-fated Challenger shuttle in 1986. “That is Seth McFarlane not taking the 9/11 aircraft for the trendy period,” mentioned Tonberrette (McFarlane mentioned in a 2019 interview that he was hungover and missed his flight by about 10 minutes).

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Some on social media have not taken Mr Beast at his phrase, mocking or dismissing the message as opportunistic self-promotion. Including to this lack of perception was how Mr Beast offered his declare. The eagle-eyed will discover that the textual content message MrBeast posted just isn’t solely oddly cropped, however blue: Which means it was despatched by the cellphone’s person. This realisation has led to loads of accusations that the star is mendacity merely to insert himself into an enormous information story, and utilizing a tragedy to farm clout.

“My good friend despatched me the screenshot of when he invited me,” MrBeast would subsequently clarify. “Didn’t assume to scroll up and screenshot our outdated texts myself.”

Loads of folks stay unconvinced, for varied causes, with one persistent query being why the good friend did not go on the journey. The format of MrBeast’s unique tweet additionally grew to become one thing of a meme with customers posting texts inviting them, for instance, on the maiden voyage of the Titanic.

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Regardless of the reality, some of the widespread figures on the web does not actually have a have to make this up. And a back-channel invite from OceanGate would make full sense for MrBeast’s stunt-based model, significantly given the context that founder Stockton Rush had been casting round for distinguished shoppers to win endorsements for the operation: “He may even persuade somebody who knew and understood the dangers,” mentioned Patrick Lahey, president of Triton Submarines. “It was actually fairly predatory.” As one of many greatest influencers on the planet, MrBeast would have been an apparent goal. Perhaps somebody up there likes him.