It Turns Out That Viral Video Of A Boy Receiving ‘Mein Kampf’ For Christmas Instead Of ‘Minecraft’ Was All A Joke

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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.

The tweet says,


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

@yannstotz / Instagram
@yannstotz / Instagram
@yannstotz / Instagram

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.

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.

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.

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Written by Ben Acosta

Ben Acosta is an Arizona-based fiction author and freelance writer. In his free time, he critiques media and acts in local stage productions.