Social media influencer and known prankster, Harvinth Skin became the talk of the town yet again this week following his recent online antics.
In a series of social media posts made on Instagram, the personality was seen making a ‘plea’ to his fans and followers to crowd-source donations in order for him to purchase a pair of limited edition sneakers.
The aforementioned ‘kicks’ were a pair of Nike Yeezy 2 which apparently cost a whopping RM24,000.
In a video posted on Friday (May 24), Harvinth had asked his online followers to each donate RM1 to help with his “cause”.
His action quickly gained traction on social media as netizens questioned the morality behind his actions.
Some were stating that the YouTube celebrity was openly taking advantage of his fans for his own self-interest, and that he should be using his fame and influence for the greater good instead.
Harvinth Skin could have been that iconic Malaysian influencer bringing change to the Indian community.— Shawn Benedict 💼💵 (@thisistheshawn) May 25, 2019
But noooo …
He goes around asking RM1 from fans for a shoe he wants.
Those who donated RM1 to Harvinthskin are really the dumbest ppl anyone will ever know. Donations are for the needy not for the greedy.— PORSCHE™ (@SPorchelvan) May 25, 2019
our earth is 12 years from irreversible damage but yall out here donating money for harvinth skin to get his 24k shoes which he absolutely doesn’t need. @harvinthskin if you can use your platform for this, imagine the positive impact u can use to change this world.— ᵇᵃᵈ ᵇⁱᵗᶜʰ (@AAZELIAAAA) May 25, 2019
Others however shared different viewpoints, stating that there was nothing ethically wrong with what he was doing and that the content maker had every right to do whatever he pleases with any money (donations or otherwise) that he should receive.
Marketing genius by @harvinthskin , respect man. To all the hate tweets who were sooo fast to judge? If people send money from their own pocket, what’s the issue?— Hollow Watermelon (@VaishMxx) May 27, 2019
I really don’t understand why people are so pissed with @harvinthskin I mean, say a famous celebrity gets tonnes of fan mail and gifts, no one is gonna say anything about it.But in his case it’s literally RM1. His fans, their problem la. No one force you to donate pun?— SUJITHA (@sujibiscuit) May 26, 2019
In a later interview with FlyFM radio, Harvinth explained that there was nothing new with the prospect of online influencers requesting money and donations.
“I’ve always had this idea of each person giving my RM1, then I would get more than RM100,000 if each of my followers donated because that is what all the international gaming streamers would do,” he was quoted saying.
In a later vlog posted on his YouTube channel, Harvinth shares his story of using the donations he received, a total of RM1,500, to instead purchase 30 pairs of shoes for children at a local orphanage.
“My intentions were pure and my fans who donated to me they wanted to donate to me. What is the wrong in it?
“And I actually wanted to say sorry to the fans who actually wanted me to buy the RM24,000 shoe, we didn’t raise the money for the shoes,” chuckled Harvinth.
Following the video, fans came to show Harvinth even more support, with some even apologizing for being too quick judge the influencer on his actions and intention.
I’ll be the first to apologise. I judged you too quickly. But you proved everyone including me wrong. I apologise sincerely.— The Quadfather (@syedsharif16) May 27, 2019
Yesss… at first even I thought that it’s sooo ridiculous… I judged you tooo… and now I feel bad… and my respect for you has increased… keep inspiring your haterrrsss 😂😍— Roshini_balachandran (@roshini_bala97) May 28, 2019
You don’t owe explaination to anyone at all. People will find something talk about anyway.. Bless you for donating the money. ☺️— 𝒮𝒾𝓁𝒽𝑜𝓊𝑒𝓉𝓉𝑒 (@shanuwhanu) May 28, 2019
You can catch the full video titled I bought #OurShoe down below;