Chinese ‘Rooftopper’ Wu Yongning Films His Own Death During Stunt
You’ve probably seen it doing the rounds on Facebook: Chinese man, Wu Yongning, falling to his death after climbing to the top of a twenty-story building and attempting pull-ups from one of its precipices. While this thing is no doubt of interest for the vicarious and curious, it forces us to ask when people will realise that risking their life for a YouTube video just isn’t worth it.
Probably a slightly different tone to what you’re used to on here, especially when we’ve shown our own fair share of stupid internet deaths, but this one’s slightly different. It’s not a result of drunken stupidity. It’s not a result of misplaced faith. It’s a result of a point-blank overestimation of one’s own skills and the attention-seeking selfishness that comes with posting videos like this to YouTube.
And yeah, while it’s fantastic for people to push themselves to their limits, it’s just not worth the risk to run this sort of thing without a safety net. Strap on a harness. Arrange to perform the stunt where there’s a platform below. I dunno, even use a parachute or something.
Sure, I know that I probably miss the bloody point and I’m making massive assumptions, but if Yongning had a family, friends, loved ones to miss him when he’s gone, what a pointless loss. It’s the kind of thing we’ll look back on in history and shake our heads at.
“So how did he die?”
“He was proving himself and posting videos performing risky stunts onto a social media platform.”
“What a waste.”
For what it’s worth. This isn’t meant to be disrespectful, but maybe if you’re thinking of performing this kind of stunt for the sake of YouTube views, an Instagram account or even your fifteen minutes of fame, make some allowances. Movie magic lets you make it look like a high-risk venture while you protect yourself – and the people who care about you – from an untimely tragedy.
Who knows? Maybe this video is fake. I hope it is, unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be the case.
Anyway, here’s the video in case you haven’t seen it. I recommend you don’t watch it. If you do, consider it as a warning. This isn’t sitting in a shopping trolley and rolling it down a hill. This is what happens when you don’t protect yourself and you have abso-f*****g-lutely no margin for error.
What a shame.