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The star of the YouTube channel “Grandma’s Diary,” Park Mak-rye, has joined the ranks of popular YouTubers.
Park is a 70-year-old South Korean who runs a restaurant and produces YouTube videos on the side. She has more than 277,000 YouTube subscribers and over 108,000 Instagram followers.
Park rose to fame partly because of her granddaughter, 27-year-old Kim Yura. Kim initially thought that making videos could help her grandmother avoid dementia, so she documented their vacation in Australia. There, Park can be seen doing things like petting a kangaroo, swimming, and diving.
Kim uploaded the video travelogue because she wanted Park to learn how to communicate online. Surprisingly, it became viral. Park’s channel now includes makeup tutorials and videos of activities that she tries to do.
According to culture studies professor Lee Taekgwang, one reason why people adore Park is that she humorously discusses issues that most hesitate to talk about. For example, she has unashamedly talked about her lack of education and has commented on the promises of cosmetic companies.
Park is not the only senior who has gained a following in YouTube. For example, 80-year-old Shirley Curry, also known as “Gamer Grandma,” has over 200,000 subscribers. She has impressed her followers with her gaming skills, which she has been passionate about since the 1990s. She also believes in playing video games to maintain an active mind.
Another one is 66-year-old Charles Green of the “Angry Grandpa Show.” He is known for telling life stories in an angry manner. He also pulls pranks and rants about various things. People find his content entertaining, with his channel boasting over 3 million subscribers.