There is plenty of disturbing stuff going on in the world – like a Saudi journalist walking into a Saudi consulate and being dismembered and carried out in pieces – and then there is this:
Makenna Kelly has 1.1 million YouTube subscribers, 460,000 Instagram followers and has made more than most adults do in a year in just a few months.
And she’s done it all at the age of 13 thanks to a bizarre online trend taking over YouTube.
The US teen has become the darling of the ASMR world thanks to her YouTube channel, Life with MaK, which stands for “Meaning, Acceptance and Kindness” as well as being a nod to her name.
For the uninitiated, autonomous sensory meridian response — or ASMR — is a relaxing, tingling sensation supposedly triggered by certain soothing sounds, such as whispering or repetitive, gentle brushing.
The popularity of YouTube videos designed to spark ASMR have exploded in recent years — and Makenna is one of the community’s rising stars, with fans constantly referring to her as their “queen”.
She’s built up a cult-like following thanks to scores of ASMR clips of herself whispering, eating, unwrapping packaging and blowing bubbles and balloons — all popular ASMR triggers.
The video which made her a tearaway success — titled “ASMR ~ Eating Raw Honeycomb│EXTREMELY Sticky Mouth Sounds!” — was uploaded earlier this year, and has been viewed nearly 12 million times in just a few short months.
The only thing that this triggered in me was my eyes rolling back so hard I saw my own spine. There is something very deeply disturbing about a pre-pubescent whispering seductively into a microphone. If you experience an ASMR as a result you should probably seek urgent professional help.
Here is Makenna’s YouTube channel, and here is another ASMR video that may get you tingling – in all the wrong places:
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