Apples and BREAKS (found episode of JonTron YouTube series; 2011)
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Date found: 22 Jan 2015
Found by: ficha13
Over the years, famed internet critic Jon Jafari has taken down several of his videos, usually due to a lack of production quality, or Jafari just not enjoying the final product in retrospect. Nearly, all of these videos, such as "Gaming in Public", "Top 10 Overrated Games", "Goldeneye 007 Wii Review", and the recently removed "The League and I", have easily resurfaced and/or archived in some manner. However, a video titled "Apples and BREAKS", in which the JonTron character mourns over his broken Nintendo DS, was removed by Jafari in 2012, which did not resurface for another two years.
The video in question was published on February 26th, 2011, and begins with the standard JonTron intro from the time. However, three seconds in, the video and audio distort and become corrupted, and it abruptly cuts to Jafari crying into the mirror while holding a handheld camera. He then runs into the next room, where he turns on his DS and becomes hysterical at the sight of the screen, which has clearly been broken beyond repair.
Through his tears, he recounts how he had the DS sitting on his bed and accidentally broke the screen with his knee, and provides an animated graphic to demonstrate it. He continues to sob, as he runs to his bird, Jacques, and asks his opinion of it. Jacques tells him to "piss off", adding some comic relief. The video ends with a montage in memory of the fallen "comrade", set to the song Winds of Change by the Scorpions.
Interestingly, before the video was found, Jacques the parrot was described by viewers as telling Jon "It's okay, Jon, you still have me", which is a startling contrast from his actual quote. It was later confirmed that people purposely lied about his quote in order to fool people.
In early December 2012, Jafari privated the video, rendering it unable to be viewed by the general public. Normally, when JonTron privitizes a video, it gets quickly reupload by fans. But in this case, no one seemed to have a copy of the video and only the thumbnail was saved.
A "hunt" was conducted by the Jontron Subreddit in February 2014, in which #RebreakTheApple was conceived, and began to trend on Twitter. The hunt and the hashtag were to no avail. In July 2014, Jafari was a panellist at the "Iron Crafters Panel" at San Diego Comic-Con, and was asked whether or not he would re-release "Apples and BREAKS", to which he said the following:
"Oh boy...It's gonna follow me forever, isn't it! ...I don't know how to answer your question. There're some of my old videos where I just like, didn't think they really fit on the channel anymore, so I just removed them. If there's SUCH a demand for it...we'll see, we'll see, I'll think about it, but thanks for the interest!"
After the statement was made, #RebreakTheApple briefly trended, once again to no avail.
On September 25th, 2014, Jafari conducted a live stream on Twitch, dubbed "Banjo-Kazooie for Charity!" in which Jafari attempted to complete the 1998 Nintendo 64 RareWare game Banjo-Kazooie to raise money for the Teach for America Foundation. The first stretch goal of $25,000, after which Jon would film a cover of Katy Perry's "Firework", was reached. Afterward, Jafari had mentioned on stream that if an additional $25,000 was reached, he would re-upload "Apples and BREAKS" for public viewing. However, this goal was not reached, and Jafari did not comment further on the matter.
The search ended fairly anticlimactically, as a YouTuber by the name of ficha13 uploaded the video, stating that he had it burned to a DVD along with other JonTron videos from a while back and hadn't realized it was so sought after.
Shortly after its upload, the video was spread and mirrored across countless YouTube channels, in an effort to prevent it from going missing again, should JonTron have tried to take it down.
When asked about his reaction to the video being found, Jon seemed indifferent and amused, stating, "Well, congratulations. Now you have that worthless video."
- JonTron's initial Facebook post about the video. Retrieved 02 Oct '16
- Reddit post summarizing the search. Retrieved 02 Oct '16
- Reddit post commenting on the second mass-tweeting. Retrieved 02 Oct '16
- JonTron's statement about the video being found. Retrieved 02 Oct '16