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YouTube star under fire for posting video of monkey apparently smoking weed

PETA has taken notice.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Jun 10, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 1:54 pm CDT

A YouTube star with nearly 10 million subscribers posted a video to Instagram and Twitter that appeared to show him getting a monkey high on marijuana, and much of the internet is outraged. Some on Twitter and Instagram are also calling it animal abuse.

YouTuber VitalyzdTv, who has 9.6 million subscribers, posted the video below, in which a monkey takes a few hits from a bong with a number of people laughing in the background and asking the monkey, “You high, bro?”

Later, the monkey is filmed eating, and he’s asked, “Now, you got the munchies, huh?” The monkey is also filmed being tapped awake and asked if he wants to hit “the blunt, bro.”

The caption on the Instagram post reads, “When your friend smokes for the first time @cuteness.”

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When your friend smokes for the first time @cuteness

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As of this writing, the Instagram has nearly 700,000 page views. It’s been viewed more than 80,000 times on Twitter.

The YouTuber whose name is Vitaly Zdorovetskiy conducts prank and workout videos on his channel, which has accumulated more than 1.5 billion views. He’s been arrested for inciting a fake bomb threat, and he’s been arrested for interrupting pro sports events. He’s also been accused of making racist and sexist videos.

In his monkey video, people were livid, calling the stunt animal abuse.

Not everybody, though, was appalled. Some thought it was funny.

Eventually, though, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was tagged on Twitter.

Responded PETA on Twitter: “Thanks for reporting this! We’ve passed it onto our Cruelty Investigations Department.”


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*First Published: Jun 10, 2018, 9:52 am CDT