The internet was at a standstill for several days praying for positive news about an OceanGate vessel that went on a deep-sea expedition to the wreckage of the fabled ship Titanic. Unfortunately, when news did come, it wasn't what he all had hoped to hear.
On Thursday, the company that owned the vessel confirmed our worst fears – that the vessel had imploded and everybody on board had died.
As it so happens, popular YouTuber MrBeast was one decision away from boarding the submarine. On Sunday, he tweeted that he was invited to join the expedition but declined for reasons best known to him.
I was invited earlier this month to ride the titanic submarine, I said no. Kind of scary that I could have been on it pic.twitter.com/bQUnaRiczA
— MrBeast (@MrBeast) June 25, 2023
In his words, "I was invited earlier this month to ride the titanic submarine, I said no. Kind of scary that I could have been on it." Alongside the tweet, he shared a screenshot of the invitation, which read, "Also, I'm going to the Titanic in a submarine late this month. The team would be stoked to have you along."
MrBeast did not reveal who sent the message. He also did not clarify whether the person made the trip or they opted out.
Some Twitter users expressed disbelief at his statement, though. MrBeast is popular for using viral waves to his advantage.
An excellent example happened in 2021 after Netflix's Squid Game stunned the world and became a global phenomenon. The YouTube star co-opted the show's game idea and put together a life version but without the gore and death that was in the series. The stunt, which cost him $446,000 in prize money alone, made him even more popular than he already was.
As the most subscribed individual YouTuber of all time, MrBeast certainly has no reason to lie about whether or not he was invited to go on the trip.
But, if he did humor the invitation, the world would've been singing a different tune as it mourned an individual that very well touched the lives of many, both on the internet and in real life.