There’s a hilarious viral video making the rounds that shows a little boy receiving not quite the Minecraft game he wanted.
However, the video itself is not quite what people thought it was either.
You’ve maybe seen it shared, but if not, here it is.
MAIS IL A CONFONDU MINECRAFT AVEC LE LIVRE D'HITLER MEINKAMPF 💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/dBKNdOqyi0
— DJALA (@DjalaShady) December 25, 2019
The tweet says,
“HE MISTOOK MINECRAFT WITH HITLER MEINKAMPF’S BOOK 💀💀💀”
The video shows a young boy opening a gift from his grandfather at Christmas. As he does, his father steps over, recording the incident.
As the boy removes the paper, what looks like Main Kampf comes into view. The father questions why the grandfather didn’t buy the video game Minecraft, like he was asked.
Sure, it’s a pretty funny video, but it’s fake.
It was made by comedian Yann Stotz and shared across the internet without crediting him.
Which to be fair, it is pretty funny
Stotz explained to Buzzfeed why he made the video.
“Three years ago, we gave my godson a copy of Minecraft, and I thought, ‘That’s funny, it sounds like Mein Kampf.”
“So this year, I printed a copy of Mein Kampf’s cover and stuck it on a Jules Verne book and shot the video.”
Which actually becomes really obvious when you go back and watch the video. The cover of the book is very clearly a piece of paper.
And are kids even still asking for Minecraft for Christmas?
That didn’t stop the internet from sharing it like it was real.
If you haven’t seen this video of a French dad who asked his dad to buy his son Minecraft for Christmas you’re about to witness a colossal misunderstanding pic.twitter.com/CdGnWc0oGP
— Ash Warner (@AlsBoy) December 27, 2019
In this video, the grandfather of this kid was told to buy him Minecraft for Christmas but he was confused and instead bought him the “Mein Kampf” book (Hitler’s most famous book) pic.twitter.com/NTJK4kNOiM
— 69🅙 (@daluckynumba) December 27, 2019
Oh no! Their French speaking father accidentally bought the kid “Mein Kampf” instead of “Mine Craft” for Christmas.
😬 Even with the language barrier……..why?! pic.twitter.com/aPeaXmiToZ
— Mindy Robinson 🇺🇸 (@iheartmindy) December 27, 2019
Noel armağanı olarak “Minecraft” isteyen torununu yanlış anlayarak “Mein Kampf” getiren talihsiz dede. pic.twitter.com/RrWuBpKpaj
— İkinci Dünya Savaşı (@ww2turkiye) December 27, 2019
Websites even wrote about the story as if it were real. That initially reposted clip received over 1 million views.
Buzzfeed wrote an article about the clip and explained the whole situation.
I regret to inform you that the viral video of a kid getting Hitler's "Mein Kampf" instead of Minecraft for Christmas is fake / a staged joke by a French comedian that was reposted without credit or context: https://t.co/lHZLCx2J3c
— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall) December 27, 2019
Stotz didn’t mean to trick anyone, he just thought it would be funny. If anyone had shared credit for the video, they could have seen it was made by a professional comedian.
Luckily the the truth is now making the rounds.
It’s not real but it’s still funny https://t.co/iqSmamScts
— Paul Grave (@paulgrav) December 27, 2019
Hey, of course it’s not ”real”. You can see it from miles away
— Markus Nieminen (@markusnieminen) December 28, 2019
Ah well https://t.co/5ma0DfT4MY
— Victor Agreda Jr (@superpixels) December 28, 2019
Don't be too flustered: it's a comedy bit circulating without credit. https://t.co/BIcsjAt4fd
— Junior Inhumer (@fiddlecub) December 27, 2019
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