Meet Ryan, the seven-year-old YouTuber who made £ 17.3m in a year - The Guardian

Name: Ryan.

Age: Seven.

Value: £ 17.3m.

It's wrong to hate a child, is not it? Yes! Of course it is. Especially if you have them for having more money than you. Let's end this line of inquiry right here.

End. Explain Ryan to me. Ryan is a seven-year-old YouTuber who has just been announced by Forbes as the world's highest-earning YouTube star. He has 17 million subscribers and his videos have been watched 25bn times.

Impressive! What does he do? Play piano concertos? Cure diseases on the fly? He reviews toys.

What? Ryan reviews toys. His YouTube channel is called Ryan ToysReview. He gets a toy, then you watch him play with it, then the next day it's discarded for something new.

And this has earned him £ 17.3m? In the year to June 2018, it has earned him £ 17.3m.

And it's wrong to hate a child? Yes. Emphatically, yes it is.

Can you at least describe one of his videos for me? Of course. Let's go with "Ryan's Creates His Holiday Wishlist! [sic]"From 25 October. First, Ryan has his photograph taken for a Target promotional campaign. Then he and his father play with a couple of dinosaur toys. Then Ryan's mother hides at Ryan's World Mystery Surprise Egg – a big plastic egg with Ryan's face on it and it contains some toys and slime and retails on eBay for up to £ 120 – and Ryan and his dad have to find it. When they find it, Ryan's mother carefully explains what the egg is and what's inside it, and how it is cool and exclusive and desirable it is.

And this is a YouTube channel aimed at children? Yes.

And it exists to introduce young people as a peer who gains their trust before trying to sell them emblazoned with images of his own face? Yes.

And you say his parents are part of these videos? Again, yes.

Is it wrong to hate his parents? It's wrong to have anyone, although they have done quite well out of their son.

Hopefully, one day Ryan will be realizing what's going on and legally emancipating himself from them. Honestly, that's the best-case scenario. They have reduced their child to caricature, all in the name of money. This never ends well.

Still, slime sounds fun. No! They've got you, too!

Do say: "Ryan is a wealthy, self-obsessed entrepreneur who lacks the wisdom to realize the harm he is doing."

Do not say: "He'll make a fine president one day."

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