Tuesday, July 16, 2024

YouTuber Kai Cenat, 21, Arrested After Allegedly Inciting a Riot in NYC’s Union Square, Dozens Arrested or Hurt


It’s hard to imagine what happened in New York’s Union Square this afternoon. A popular place for drugs and crime in the 70s and early 80s, the huge park was demolished and rebuilt in 1985 so it was eye level for the police. Since then, for decades, it’s been a serene place for the Farmer’s Market and Christmas shops.

But all that changed this afternoon when 21 year old YouTuber Kai Cenat summoned his followers to the park. The lure was a give away of video game stations and gift cards. He had just couple hundred of each, perhaps. But it’s summer, kids are out of school, and the weather is good. So his followers came– 2,000 of them — and caused a riot.

We’ve all been watching this on TV since 4pm. This is the power of social media. There’s no FCC, no regulation, and always the possibility of pandemonium. Luckily no one was killed. There were lessons learned, maybe. The mainstream had no clue who Kai was of what was going on. The police were very slow to respond. They also didn’t get it There’s going to be a lot of talk about Kai Cenat’s riot going forward. This is how easy it is to start one, even after 9-11.

Keep refreshing to see how Kai Cenat is handled, and if charges are brought against him.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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