Influencer Slammed For Using Siti Sarah's Death To Rake In Views On YouTube Video
An online personality recently found himself in the centre of controversy after uploading and promoting a video of him attempting to visit Siti Sarah Raisuddin's grave
The video was uploaded on Monday, 9 August, only a few hours after Siti Sarah's death earlier that day.
It showed footage of the YouTuber driving to the Muslim cemetery located at Kampung Sungai Pusu, Gombak.
Once he arrived, the 21-year-old got out of his car and proceeded to head towards the cemetery gates. However, as the gates were closed, he turned around and walked back to his car.
A particular Twitter user's tweet regarding the video caught the attention of many others.
The user asked, "A matter like this can be used as content? I cannot brain. For the [sake] of views? Where is the sensitivity?"
Along with the tweet, which garnered over 25,000 retweets, the user included screen captures of the YouTuber promoting the video on his Instagram.
The screenshots show the YouTuber urging people to watch his video and leave prayers as comments.
Several netizens criticised the YouTuber for disrespecting the deceased and their family
"Wow very insensitive and stupid. Someone literally lost his other half, a daughter, a friend, and also a beloved mother and he's willing to make content like this for the sake of views? That's very stupid and low of you. This is what happens when you live with money as your God," one user wrote.
Another person noted, "At least give some decency, respect to the passed ones, don't have to do video just because you want [them] views and cash. It is utterly disgusting and disrespectful."
Tagging the official Twitter accounts of YouTube and YouTube Creators, one person asked, "How do you demonetise a YouTube account that is profiting from death/deceased people? This needs to be looked at, it's insensitive and rude to the grieving family."
The YouTuber has since issued a public apology
In a tweet, he wrote, "As-salam all. I have deleted the video. I apologise to the deceased's family and for not thinking further before uploading the video. Won't repeat it again. I'm sorry everyone. I'm sorry again, I realise my mistake."
The man, who has 534,000 followers on Instagram, has also set his profile to private following the backlash from netizens.
Singer Siti Sarah Raisuddin passed away after battling COVID-19 while pregnant with her fourth child:
The same YouTuber was previously criticised for an older YouTube video where he dumped 1,000 KOOLFEVER patches into a kiddie pool: