Sunday, June 16 2024

24-year-old YouTuber Famous for Hugging Elon Musk voted in as Cyprus MEP

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The unexpected win of an MEP seat by the 24-year-old Cypriot YouTuber Fidias Panayiotou, was dubbed as the “Fidias Phenomenon”. But who is Fidias who stunned the world?

HDN Newsroom

Best known for his audacious comedy clips and prank videos, YouTuber Fidias Panayiotou on Sunday clinched a seat in the European Parliament from Cyprus. He contested the polls as he said he could no longer stand the continued rule of ’nerds’ in Brussels.

Star YouTuber Fidias Panayiotou celebrated his election to the European Parliament at Eleftheria Square in capital Nicosia.

In a surprising twist of events, Fidias Panayiotou, a 24-year-old content creator from Cyprus, with no political experience whatsoever, has clinched a seat in the European Parliament. The TikToker garnered 19.4 per cent votes, third-highest in the Mediterranean island nation, leaving behind many traditional political parties.

“It was a shock what happened, a miracle,” Panayiotou told the state broadcaster CyBC after his victory. “The parties should take it as a warning that they must modernise and listen to the people,” he added.

Best known for his audacious comedy clips and prank videos, Panayiotou, commonly known as Fidias, has built a substantial following of about 2.6 million on YouTube since he first started posting in 2019.

Fidias who has described himself as a “professional mistake maker” has run a bunch of quirky projects that included a mission to hug 100 celebrities including tech billionaire Elon Musk (which he successfully did), training with China’s Shaolin kung fu warriors and even spending a week in a coffin!

The newly-elected MEP also stirred controversy last year after he attempted to travel across India and Japan without paying, and instead begging for cash. He was seen evading train fares by hiding in toilets and skipping out on a five-star hotel breakfast bill in Japan.

The video which racked up millions of views led to significant backlash, and the vlogger was forced to issue an apology video, which he later deleted. YouTube also deleted the fare-dodging videos for breaching its community guidelines.