Through the power of hundreds of oh-god-can’t-look-away pimple popping videos, Dr. Sandra Lee, aka Dr. Pimple Popper, has amassed herself one hell of an audience (her YouTube channel has over 2.8 million followers — that’s more than big time beauty influencer Huda Kattan!). Now she’s harnessing all that pimple popping power to raise money to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Last week, Dr. Pimple Popper posted what might be her most awful (read: addictive) pops yet — a grapefruit-sized growth on the back of a man’s neck. Except instead of sharing the free video as she usually does, to see the mother of all pops, you’ll need to pony up 99 cents.
“#HurricaneHarveyRelief… HERE. WE. GO. One of the many things I have learned from social media is how POWERFUL it can be,” Dr. Lee captioned the post. “What is more amazing to me is how much GOOD it can do. It gives me HOPE and makes me PROUD to see so many people taking action (both big and small) to help those affected by #HurricaneHarvey. Andddd now it is OUR turn, popaholics!!”
Rather than post the extraction in multiple parts (complete with ads), the entire extraction of the grapefruit-sized growth has been posted in one ad-free stream. "I know that people aren’t used to paying for their pimple pops but I saw this as a creative way to spread awareness and get the Popaholic community involved with the relief efforts," Dr. Lee told Allure. According to the post, portions of the proceeds from each watch will be donated to the American Red Cross and the St. Bernard Project.
In fairness, the move has attracted some ire in the comments, with viewers calling out the fact that since only a portion of the proceeds are being donated to Hurricane Harvey Relief, Dr. Pimple Popper is technically profiting from the added charge. "Why not use the money you gained from our views to donate," one user wrote. "Instead of charging us to watch and only giving a portion to charity? Kinda messed up."
But even if that is the case, the pay-to-watch pop has already made a substantial impact for Hurricane Harvey victims, raising over $5,000 for relief. "I applaud and encourage all that people are doing to contribute… ANYTHING helps and that’s really what is important here,” Dr. Lee says.
Let’s hear it for harnessing our apparent cultural addiction to sickly satisfying pimple pops for a bigger purpose. Now go watch that pop — donations will be made through September 8 — and put your addiction to use to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
These are free though: