The Italian blogger who uploaded what became the most watched YouTube video of all time says he decided to kill off his mega hit after he was subjected to a torrent of abuse from viewers on the Google-owned video sharing site.
The year-old video, which had been viewed over 100 million, was deleted from the YouTube servers last weekend by the Italian, who calls himself Clarus Bartel.
"I was fed up [with the abuse and accusations of statistical manipulation]," Bartel said in an email. "I am not interested in the first place if this is the price I have to pay."
The three minute clip was a home made video remix featuring the Brazilian band Cansei de Ser Sexy (CSS) and their song Music is My Hot Hot Sex .
According to the last published YouTube tally before it was deleted, the video had been watched 114, 281, 553 times since being uploaded last April.
This is interesting because:
1. "the video had been watched 114, 281, 553 times since being uploaded last April." C'mon. Watched more than 100 million times? Even Nico Nico Douga, the most popular video sharing service in Japan, does not have a video which has been viewed more than 10 million times.
2. The video hosting company, YouTube, is apperently an American company. Brazilian band Cansei de Ser Sexy (CSS) sings a song in English. (you can watch their (probably) original music video at here)
The guy who made the remix was an Italian. And the viewers are people across the world. This is really a global phenomenon. I can tell the wide stretch of English speaking world. At the same time, I feel sad about smallness of Japanese speaking world.