Dutch newspaper gives bully vlogger a second chance, and a job


Dutch newspaper gives bully vlogger a second chance, and a job
  1. Dutch newspaper gives bully vlogger a second chance, and a job
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    A teenager who generated a storm of criticism for filming the way he and his mates taunted people visiting…
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Photo: Ismail Ilgun via Twitter

A teenager who generated a storm of criticism for filming the way he and his mates taunted people visiting a shopping centre has been given a job making videos for the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper.

Ismail Ilgun’s first mini documentary, about boys in disadvantaged neighbourhoods who are trying to make something of themselves, went live on Friday.

Ilgun, 19, and a group of other men hit the headlines some months ago for harassing locals outside a shopping centre in Zaandam and putting the videos online. At one point prime minister Mark Rutte described them as ‘scum’ and a local councilor made a formal police complaint after being threatened.

According to the AD the vlogger has turned over a new leaf. A tweet from Kees de Koning, boss of hiphop label TopNotch, was all it took. ‘I was getting so much hate when I was arrested,’ Ilgun told the paper. ‘He was the only one who said ‘Where is Ismail?’ He told me I had talent but that I had to cut the crap.’

De Koning now helps Ilgun with his pr and interviews. ‘So I don’t do anything stupid’. Ilgun’s positive take on life has cost him many of his fans, the AD writes. His antics outside the shopping centre attracted hundreds of thousands of views but this has dwindled to tens of thousands. ‘Some people like the sensational stuff more,’ Ilgun said.

Apologies

Although Ilgun, who describes himself as a ‘sweet person who is easily led’, apologised for his behaviour, he still thinks most of what was written about him was exaggerated.

He does regret shouting at Zaandam councillor Juliëtte Rot at her house, camera rolling. ‘She slagged me off in Pauw, and I thin…

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