Controversial American YouTuber “My Mate Nate,” managed to get himself back in the Thai social media spotlight for animal cruelty again, with a video of his two cats fighting a scorpion while he sits there and laughs.
My Mate Nate, or Nate Bartling, is a former Mormon missionary who somehow became a YouTube star in Thailand famous for “prank videos.” After seeming to fall off the radar months ago after a video was panned for cruelly torturing a fish, his name became the second most trending hashtag on Twitter today, as netizens came together to express their dislike of the dude.
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In the video, Bartling lets his two cats fight a scorpion. After the scorpion gets a hold of the cat’s mouth with its claw, he laughs and says: “Scorpion: one, Cat: zero.”
Bartling said in the video that his scorpion is not poisonous, when it fact, all species of scorpions are known to have venom.
Although he didn’t stage the fight and it’s natural for cats to go to any moving creature on the floor, most responsible cat owners would have stopped such a thing.
The video was even shared by Drama-Addict, one of the most influential Facebook pages on Thai social media.
“I don’t want to share news about this farang (foreigner), because he’s gonna make a sad face and apologize to netizens like he has done many times. Then his fans are going to protect him again.”
“But this is animal cruelty,” Drama-Addict wrote.
Many users pointed out that he has white privilege and Thais tend to be impressed by Westerners who can speak their local language. Bartling speaks Thai in all of his videos and is one of a few farangs in Thailand famous on the internet for sharing their thoughts in Thai.
“This? This is an idol in our society? People see that he’s a farang, so they kiss his ass so much their tongue is touching his balls,” said the top comment, netting 3,000 likes.
“Lowest kind of human, trashy … he should be sent back to where he’s from,” another user said.
Some people shared screenshots of them reporting his YouTube channel. The others question why YouTube still lets Bartling make money off of his “prank” videos.
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This is not the first time Bartling has caused a controversy in social media. Last year, he had to carry out a shameful, apologetic wai, after he released a video mocking Thai people’s poor English skills.