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Aussie TikToker Luke Erwin exposes huge problems of owning a Tesla in Australia in viral video

Luke Erwin is a TikTok star who has courted controversy with his videos since switching from social media pranks to giving away cash on camera in footage which has been branded ‘exploitative’ and ‘degrading’ by some. 

In August, Erwin – who previously dated Bernard Tomic’s OnlyFans ex, Vanessa Sierra – was slammed for raining $5 notes over the head of a homeless man in Australia.

‘Here we go, let’s go, baby,’ he laughed as $100 worth of $5 notes fluttered to the ground and the man quickly tried to gather them up.

The generous stunts have divided the internet  (pictured, Erwin with his girlfriend Maddison)

Luke Erwin (pictured) has deleted some videos and apologised for others, and admitted in one recent video that not all of his decisions 'are going to be correct'

Luke Erwin (pictured) has deleted some videos and apologised for others, and admitted in one recent video that not all of his decisions ‘are going to be correct’

He had previously had to delete an earlier ‘tone deaf’ video after a furious backlash over him pretending to sneeze over another homeless man.

His most popular clip, viewed 38 million times, was of Erwin pretending to have his arm in a sling and asking strangers to tie his shoe.

One well-dressed man declined, but a nearby homeless man offered instead – without receiving any reward.

He has since changed direction and has been staging stunts to create situations where he can reward people for kindness, like dropping his wallet near people and giving them $50 if they return it.

Earlier this month he came under fire for apparently shaming one elderly migrant couple for not helping him open a bottle of water while his arm was in a sling.

He published a clip of them ignoring his pleas for help as they walked past with the caption: ‘Don’t be the person that doesn’t help’.

It sparked more criticism of the couple in the comments below.

However the couple were the parents of SBS journalist Amal Awad who slammed Erwin and revealed her parents were currently dealing with her father’s renal failure.

Her father was walking with a cane and her mother was carrying bags of groceries making it impossible for them to help, she said.

‘To me, these stunts are not random acts of kindness; at best they are performance, at worst they are monetised harassment,’ said Awad.

‘My parents, minding their own business, should have a right to their privacy.

‘Buskers need permission to sing in public spaces, but anyone with a mobile phone can ‘perform’ without permission and force a stranger into being part of their ‘content’ without consent.

‘True kindness is not made for public consumption. It does not need likes or commentary, and it should be genuine.’

In August, after Erwin was criticised for his stunts with the homeless, he told Daily Mail Australia: ‘To the people that are giving me shit, f*** them.

‘I don’t see them out doing anything. The people that are complaining, they’ve just never donated in their life.’

Erwin told Daily Mail Australia he hadn't expected any backlash on the video and called on his critics to give back to their communities.

Erwin told Daily Mail Australia he hadn’t expected any backlash on the video and called on his critics to give back to their communities. 

After the row with the SBS journalist’s family, he took to TikTok to defend himself in a clip entitled: ‘I can’t do anything right’.

He apologised to the family involved in the water bottle video, but stressed how much he had given away on camera to others, which followers estimated to be around $8000 in total.

‘I used to do all these terrible pranks which I wasn’t proud of,’ he admitted.

‘Now I’ve changed my content and I’m giving back to the homeless and helping people in need.

‘It my happy place, giving back – but all the media want to address is the negative negative negative.’

But he admitted: ‘All of my decisions aren’t always going to be correct.’

His videos receive a mixed reaction online with some hailing his generosity but others branding them exploitative and self-serving.

‘You know how kind and generous someone really is by the words they say and things they do without a camera being present,’ said one in the comments under the clip with the waitress.

But another added: ‘What a great man. Her face when he said 1 million was worth it – well done!’

 

 

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