Bart Baker Quit YouTube — Now He’s Trying To Get Big on the Chinese Internet

Bart Baker, former YouTube celebrity, starts off most mornings by screaming in mangled Chinese.

For the past few years, Bart’s bread and butter was edgy parody music videos, mocking stars like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. Good videos easily racked in tens of millions of views; a million views was a dud.

But when YouTube started de-prioritizing vulgar videos in order to keep family-friendly advertisers happy, Bart’s income took a massive plunge.

So when he got a mysterious email from a company promising to catapult him to stardom in China, he figured he’d give it a shot. A few videos later, he had millions of followers, in a country he’d never even visited.

Now, Bart’s days start with live chat and song sessions with his millions of Chinese followers on Kwai, a Chinese social media app. Then, his Chinese manager sends him a Chinese song, which Bart translates into English, with the help of Google Translate. Hours later, Bart’s English version of the track is burning up the top ranks in Douyin (China’s version of TikTok).

Bart sees immense potential in the Chinese market, and has already announced that he is quitting YouTube. Meanwhile, his Chinese manager is concerned that Bart’s American persona could be trouble in China, if it isn’t properly handled.

VICE News met with Bart Baker in Los Angeles, and his manager in Shanghai, to see if Bart’s path might be a way forward for other struggling YouTubers.

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05 Panel debat – Cannabis reguleren, maar hoe?

John en Inez Meijers (modelkwekers), Bart Vollenberg (cannabis connect), August de Loor ( Adviesburo Drugs), Peter Hendriks (Avites)

Peter Hendriks
In relative silence, Peter Hendriks has been building a small coffeeshop empire in Limburg since the 1980s. His four coffeeshops in Sittard and Roermond are an example for the branch. In 2017 he founded Avites, Alliance of Integer Shops and Growers, who strives to ‘recruit as many cooperators as possible in the coffee shop branch and to jointly resolve the back door problem’.
In relatieve stilte bouwde Peter Hendriks sinds de jaren tachtig een klein coffeeshop imperium op in Limburg. Zijn vier coffeeshops in Sittard en Roermond zijn een visitekaartje voor de branche. In 2017 richtte hij Avites op, Alliantie Van Integere Shops En Telers, die er naar streeft ‘als coöperatie zoveel mogelijk leden in de coffeeshopbranche te werven en gezamenlijk tot een oplossing voor de achterdeurproblematiek te komen’.

John Meijers
By the Dutch press they were baptized ‘The model weed growers from Bierum‘, but their heroic struggle to break the deadlock around the back door brought them to the edge of the abyss. John and Ines cultivated in all openness and informed all authorities about their activities. They paid their electricity and even taxed on the profits, cultivated safely and without pesticides and only delivered invoices to two licensed coffee shops. Still, the breakthrough was not forthcoming. Now John and Ines hope to participate in the experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation with their foundation JoinUs.
Door de Nederlandse pers werden ze ‘De model wiettelers uit Bierum’ gedoopt, maar hun heroïsche strijd om de impasse rond de achterdeur te doorbreken bracht hen aan de rand van de afgrond. John en Ines kweekten in alle openheid en brachten alle instanties op de hoogte van hun activiteiten. Ze betaalden hun stroom en zelfs belasting op de winst, teelden veilig en zonder pesticiden en leverden alleen mét bon aan twee vergunde coffeeshops. Toch bleef de doorbraak uit. Nu hopen John en Ines met hun stichting JoinUs deel te kunnen nemen aan het experiment met gereguleerde cannabisteelt.
August de Loor
Since becoming the first street worker in the Netherlands in 1970, August de Loor has been involved with drugs and drugs policy in Amsterdam and far beyond. For years he ran the Adviesburo Drugs (Drugs Advisory Office) and pioneered a series of harm reduction initiatives, including XTC testing at parties, the Safe House campaign, heroin user rooms and the cannabis coffeeshop as a crucial part of drug policy. August is not only critical of the government and the addiction care industry, but also for the coffeeshop industry. In December 2017, he received the prestigious Frans Banninck Cocq Award for his important contribution to the Amsterdam, national and international drug policy.

Sinds hij in 1970 de eerste straathoekwerker van Nederland werd, is August de Loor betrokken bij alles rond drugs en drugsbeleid in Amsterdam en ver daarbuiten. Jarenlang runde hij het Adviesburo Drugs en verrichtte hij pionierswerk op het gebied van harm reduction: XTC testen op feesten, de Safe House campagne, heroïneverstrekking én de coffeeshop als cruciaal onderdeel van het drugsbeleid. Niet alleen voor de overheid, maar ook voor de coffeeshopbranche is hij een luis in de pels. In december 2017 ontving August de Frans Banninck Cocqpenning voor zijn belangrijke bijdrage aan het Amsterdamse, landelijke en internationale drugsbeleid.

Bart Vollenberg
Bart holds a unique position in the coffeeshop industry: he owns two coffeeshops in Almere and Lelystad, is a board member of the two national coffeeshop unions PCN and BCD and he founded the Epicurus Foundation, a think tank on regulation of the cannabis market. Epicurus has organized two well-attended conferences in Utrecht -‘The Transparant Chain I and II’- and took the initiative for the Grass Poll survey and Cannabis Connect, which now represents over 220 coffeeshops.
Hij heeft een unieke positie in de coffeeshopbranche: Bart Vollenberg bezit coffeeshops in Almere en Lelystad, is bestuurslid van de beide landelijke coffeeshopbonden PCN en BCD en oprichter van de stichting Epicurus Foundation, een denktank over regulering van de cannabismarkt. Epicurus organiseerde twee drukbezochte congressen in Utrecht, De Transparante Keten I en II en nam het initiatief voor de Grass Poll enquête en Cannabis Connect, waarbij inmiddels meer dan 220 coffeeshops bij aan zijn gesloten.

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Panel debat medicinale cannabis in Nederland | Cannabis University | Cannabis Bevrijdingsdag 2017

Panel debat medicinale cannabis in Nederland in de Cannabis University op Cannabis Bevrijdingsdag 2017 met Marian Hutten, Serge de Bruin, Freek Polak en Bart Hissink.

Marian Hutten en Serge de Bruin

Marian en Serge zijn de drijvende krachten achter de stichting Patiënten Groep Medicinale Cannabis Gebruikers (PGMCG) uit Tilburg. Zij boekten een opmerkelijk succes: een convenant voor medicinale thuistelers, zodat de politie hen met rust laat. Hun initiatief krijgt door het hele land navolging.

Freek Polak

Gepensioneerd psychiater, medeoprichter van de Stichting Drugsbeleid en het VOC en voormalig voorzitter van ENCOD: Freek is een veteraan in de strijd tegen de war on drugs. Dit jaar verscheen ‘De kwaal is erger dan het middel, over de noodzaak van legalisering van drugs’, dat hij samenstelde.

Bart Hissink

Hersenletsel door een ernstig rally ongeluk zette het leven van Bart Hissink op zijn kop. Waar gewone medicijnen faalden, bleek cannabis wél te helpen. Bart is ambassadeur van Hersenletsel.nl en van de VOC campagne Cannabis? Aangenaam! en startte in mei Cannabis Social Club Hof van Twente.

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Cannabis as Medicine after Rally Crash | Cannabis News Network

As a navigator Bart Hissink crashed, in 2009, with a hundred and sixty kilometres an hour against a tree. He was in a coma for two weeks!

After a long road to recovery and lots of medication, mainly painkillers, Bart felt his life could be improved in trying something else. Cannabis!

He believes people should have the constitutional right to grow their own cannabis.

Recent years more and more people suffering with traumatic brain Injury are using cannabis as a medicine.

Contradictory, from this year the Dutch Health Insurance companies will no longer reimburse medicinal cannabis because of a lack of scientific, pharmaceutical proof!

In the local municipality a hearing is on its way, allowing citizen’s like Bart to grow their own medicine, cannabis.

The Dutch parliament is discussing this month a new bill how to handle the supply to coffee shops. Not a word in the proposal about home-grown and all the other remaining problems caused by the illegality of a plant.

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