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Twitch Stream Pulls in $250,000 for Mermaids Charity, Featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Owen Jones and More

Over the past 50 hours, Harry “HBomberGuy” Brewis has been streaming on Twitch and raised $250,000 for a UK-based transgender help group. The stream has been a roaring success, with tens of thousands of viewers tuning in to watch Brewis try to complete Donkey Kong 64. Streaming from the “woods near Manchester” he said on stream, Brewis has managed to rally a lot of people to help a good cause.

Brewis’ videos focus on attacking the ignorance of skeptics on the internet and trying to talk through hypocrisy. Other prominent YouTubers like Lindsay Ellis, ContraPoints and Jim Sterling appeared on stream, talking to Brewis through his Discord channel. At one point, Brewis had been stuck on the “Beaver Bother” level of DK64 and managed to pick the minds of speedrunners for the game. What started as a small YouTuber trying to raise some money quickly blossomed into a movement.

The whole idea for a charity stream began when Graham Linehan, who Brewis described on stream as a “comedy writer who did some work on a good show 20 years ago,” appeared on national television and pleaded his fan base to reach out to the National Lottery, which was funding Mermaids, to complain. Mermaids is an organization that offers support hotlines for trans members, education and advocacy for trans rights.

On stream Brewis explained that originally he didn’t think he would break $50,000, but quickly surpassed that goal within the first day.  

Traditional celebrities have started to post about the stream. Cher, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Mercer, Paris Lee, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Adam Conover and author Owen Jones have all shown their support on twitter. Ocasio-Cortez and Jones appeared briefly in the Discord channel, sharing their support and admiration for Brewis.  

The stream will continue until he completely finishes Donkey Kong 64, which you can catch on his Twitch channel. He’s already smashed through every goal he’s set and it’s unclear how much money we will see at the end. If you want to support Mermaids and watch a man slowly descend into madness, you won’t find a better place.

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