YouTube star goes viral with an hour-long anti-Merkel rant for the EU elections
A German YouTube star had become viral with an hour-long rant on Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling CDU party because he is afraid.
Rezo & # 39; s video prior to the EU elections – titled & # 39; the destruction of the CDU & # 39; – attacks the party as & # 39; for the rich & # 39; while criticizing its reputation in the areas of climate change, security, drug law and other issues.
Rezo also focuses on the Social Democrats left in the middle and the extreme right alternative to Germany, but the majority of its barbs focus on the Merkel government.
At one point he says: & # 39; You say that young people should be political, then you have to deal with it if they think your politics is ***. & # 39;
German YouTuber Rezo, with his distinctive shock of blue hair under his cap, addresses young people about the problems with Angela Merkel and the CDU in the hour-long rant posted on Saturday
German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives a duck toy from Arndt Rolfs in Rostock on Thursday – a sign of the time when CDU top brass has responded to Rezo's video, saying it is not an accurate representation of their position
The 26-year-old, with his distinctive blue border, also accuses the Christian Democratic Union & # 39; its reputation, election results and finally destroys itself & # 39 ;.
Who is Rezo?
Rezo, 26, whose real name is unknown – rose in popularity after he released cover versions of songs and mashups.
He has stated that he lives in the western border town of Aachen and has a degree in computer science from the Technical University of Dortmund.
He has two separate channels on YouTube with more than 2.5 million subscribers in total.
His video & # 39; s range from music videos & # 39; s to the & # 39; challenge & # 39; type, where he often interacts or meets other prominent YouTubers who are usually around 10 minutes long.
A recent example is his & # 39; Helium Challenge with Water Punishment & # 39; in addition to two other YouTubers Julia Beautx and Julien Bam. It has clocked more than a million views.
Rezo started his channel as a guitarist, singer and music producer, but has expanded his content to include more light-hearted and humorous clips.
Media analysts have expressed their surprise at the fact that an hour-long political lecture can generate so many opinions.
The video was published on May 18 on Rezo's popular YouTube channel, prior to the European elections, taking place in 28 member states between May 23 and May 26.
Since then, it has collected more than 5 million views, compared to just 1.68 million people following a debate on television between center-right EPP blocking candidate Manfred Weber and his socialist challenger Frans Timmermans.
Rezo wrote in the video description: & # 39; The European elections or EU elections are aimed at us.
& # 39; Whether CDU, SPD or AfD are good parties in line with science and logic, I try to answer in this video.
& # 39; In any case: vote next weekend. Otherwise, retirees will determine your future and that is not cool. & # 39;
At the time, the CDU party's heavyweights decided to make an official response to Rezo's video, accusing him of misrepresenting the facts.
Party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is ready to defeat Merkel when the veteran leader pulls off by 2021, rejected the broad attack.
She said: & I asked myself why we are not being held responsible for the seven plagues in ancient Egypt. & # 39;
The party's general secretary, Paul Ziemiak, accused Rezo of & # 39; false claims & # 39; and & # 39; make things on the internet easier than they actually are & # 39 ;.
Rezo introduces data for his long discussions about the shortcomings of the CDU, as shown above, in addition to an info graph on CO2 emissions
But the 33-year-old former head of the CDU's youth department admitted that his party was struggling to reach younger generations online.
& # 39; We need to be more online & # 39 ;, said Ziemiak. & # 39; We need to use the internet more to make complex questions easier to understand. & # 39;
Pro-European parties are expected to hammer this week on ballot boxes across the continent, while an energetic populist movement is revolting against the establishment.
In Britain, where polls are opening today, the Brexit party led by Nigel Farage has been at the top of the polls for weeks, ahead of pro-European liberal democrats.
Annalena Baerbock (Alliance 90 / The Greens) and Merkel & # 39; s protege Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) attend a television debate prior to the European elections with the leaders of the German parties in Berlin on Monday
In the meantime, in the Netherlands, where voting is also taking place, the Forum for Democracy party by Euroskeptic Thierry Baudet stubbornly runs along with the center VVD party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Voting will continue throughout Europe until Sunday evening when the results are announced.
Constituents elect members of the European Parliament with 751 seats, which will fall to 703 seats when the UK leaves the block.
A polling station is set up at Dundsen Village Hall, Oxfordshire European Elections – pro-European parties are expected to hammer this week at ballot boxes across the continent
Vote for the European elections at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
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