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Former My 600 Lb Life has alarmed fans in recent months with his naked videos and strange, inexplicable behavior.
Now, in the video that you can see below, he's singing "Santa Baby" while wearing nothing but Christmas lights.
Is this an issue with substance abuse and mental health, or is it a ploy for attention and money. Or, as some fans fear, is it both?
Usually, social media is a wonderful tool, especially when it comes to keeping up with the lives of low-level celebrities who'd otherwise slip below the radar.
Following contestants or reality stars after they leave their shows, however, isn't always a carousel of Instagrammed meals and puppy videos with the occasional plug for somebody's weight loss tea that definitely doesn't work.
Sometimes social media access means that you watch a troubled contestant spiral out of control, with no one around to help them.
Case in point: former My 600 Lb Life contestant Steven John Assanti.
His recent behavior is erratic and worrisome.
Steven John Assanti is one of the most controversial figures to have appeared on My 600 Lb Life.
In fact, because he continued to (allegedly) abuse drugs, he ended up being released from the program that might have transformed his body — and life.
Assanti had seemed to mellow since then. For a while, during 2017, he was making encouraging posts for new contestants who were trying to lose weight.
He had also announced that he didn't resent Dr. Now for shaming him for his body in front of a mirror, saying that it was "not fat-shaming" and calling the experience a "wake-up call."
In late 2017, that changed.
Assanti has begun to, simply put, behave in a manner that appears to be an attempt at "shock value."
In various videos, some of which have gone viral in the worst ways, he has appeared naked. While we're not body-shaming him, it appears that he's attempting to bait his haters … for reasons that we can only guess.
In one video, he sits naked on a toilet, caresses his body, and chants: "sitting on the toilet," interspersed with humming.
In another, in which he's actually wearing clothing, he allegedly admits to "hospital shopping" for pain pills.
And, in the video that you can see below, he dances naked while covered in Christmas lights while singing "Santa Baby."
Commenters range from concern to condemnation.
"You really need to lay off the drugs, dude."
"Purely out of morbid curiosity, I watched the video…..my heart breaks for you, Steven. It is glaringly obvious you are in desperate need of help. I hope you get it."
"This guy has been given so much help and so many opportunities to get better and lose weight and deal with his mental and drug issues…… but he is an egotistical and self obsessed human who doesn't want the help."
"Yup still waiting for the day he flashes his tiny peepee and gets banned from facebook. We're getting close folks."
"This guy was on the extreme weight loss documentary and he was the biggest asshole I've ever seen. I've never seen someone who has been offered so much help and tossed it away like he did. I have zero sympathy for this guy at all."
Assanti's behavior is alarming.
But is he losing his mind? Or is there a method to his apparent madness?
Facebook videos can be monetized, just like YouTube videos. In fact, the process works very similarly.
The video that you're going to see below has more than 200,000 views. The toilet video? Has more than 5 million.
By trolling in this manner, is he just working to rack up ad revenue? Maybe.
But we're concerned for his well being, regardless. Assanti's long-awaited Where Are They Now? airs tonight at 8pm on TLC.
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Have you seen the Dallas Zoo's spinning gorilla video yet?
If not, then you haven't really lived. But we have it for you, below.
You can put it to just about any music you wish and his bathtime dance really works. But even with the original audio, this video is a delight.
The gorilla's name is Zola, and he has a penchant for spinning around.
When he was younger, he had a penchant for doing what appeared to be breakdancing.
Kind of like how a lot of little kids like to spin in circles — we assume.
We're not licensed gorilla behavior experts.
But he's older now and it seems that Zola takes particular delight in splashing water during his dances.
Obviously, no story about a zoo gorilla would be complete without mentioning the late, great Harambe.
He lived, died, became a meme, and ran for President … all in that order.
To this day, the Cincinnati Zoo can't so much as post about an adorable baby hippo named Fiona without being reminded about that fateful day when the Cincinnati Zoo killed its most famous charge.
Obviously, it's unlikely that whichever intern or whatever the zoo equivalent who runs their social media accounts was the one who pulled the trigger that cut Harambe's life tragically short.
But they still get a social media earful about it every time that they post pretty much anything.
We can only imagine those in Cincinnati looking at their Dallas Zoo peers with envy.
Not only because the Dallas Zoo is in a city that's much more intuitively easy to spell.
(Though of course that)
But because the story of Zola is getting a much more positive reception than the story of Harambe.
We don't know if zoos have rivalries or popularity contests amongst themselves, but this is good news for Dallas no matter what.
We have to imagine that the Dallas Zoo is delighted at all of the free press.
To us, this is just entertaining nonsense, like everything else on our phone screens.
(That isn't horrifying news about the world's impending doom at the tiny hands of an orange demon)
To the Dallas Zoo, this could mean an influx of visitors as children and even adults come in to see the internet-famous dancing gorilla.
We're not saying that they'll all get to see a live performance, but even the novelty of seeing him could attract a lot of folks.
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