Nearly 30 People Injured in YouTuber Teen Twin Disaster


An appearance by the Dolan Twins resulted in hospitalizations for some of their young fans.

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By Mike Windle/Getty Images

Panic! At the indoor theme park. While on Sunday night thousands of Kanye West fans caused a stir in the East Village over a rumored impromptu concert, on Saturday night, in the relatively quiet community of Freehold Township, New Jersey, another incident of fandemonium occurred, resulting in a few hospitalizations. 

Freehold’s iPlay America, billed as “New Jersey’s premier indoor theme park,” was the site of an appearance by Grayson and Ethan Dolan, 16-year-old twins who are quite the sensations on Vine, YouTube, and other social-media platforms. So many excited fans—many, if not most, of them young girls—showed up to the event (billed as a concert, though I’m not sure the boys actually perform any music) that there was something of a crush of bodies at the stage, causing 28 injuries. 

The Asbury Park Press tells us, via Page Six, that fans “hyperventilated, some suffering ankle injuries and bloody noses,” and seven were sent to the hospital. It seems like everyone’s O.K. now, but at the time it was scary chaos, with many teens taking to Twitter to chronicle the whole mess. Patch has a good roundup of tweets about the incident, but this one perhaps best describes what happened:

Everyone was getting hurt and crying! I mean, that sounds like the entirety of the teen experience distilled down into one insane Dolan Twins concert, doesn’t it? Everyone was getting hurt and crying. Sounds about right. Minus the actual injuries and stuff, of course. 

Maybe one of the twins shouldn’t have taken off his shirt? Which, as you can see in this video, he did, causing a frenzy: https://twitter.com/DolanTwinsInfo/status/739252329476726785

Sometimes you have to be careful about the power you wield! Sometimes you gotta cancel the gun show if the crowd can’t handle it, y’know? Though, obviously, it seems more that the venue couldn’t handle it, not the fans themselves. The fans freaked out, yes, but fans freak out at concerts all the time and it doesn’t result in this kind of calamity. Seems there was a failure of planning and logistics here, and perhaps an underestimation of the great pull that the Dolan Twins, for all their jawline-heavy antics, have in this world.

Would you have guessed that the Dolan Twins would get a reaction similar to the one Kanye West got? Perhaps if you have a tween or teen at home who’s been Dolan-crazy for a while you would. But if you don’t have or know a teen—or, if you don’t, like me, spend far too many lonely hours traversing the surreal Cool World that is YouTube—then you might not know! But now you do. The Dolan Twins are a big deal, the ardency of their fans so great that it sends them into fits like Salem teens of old. And sadly sometimes those fits result in shortness of breath, spontaneous bleeding from the nose, and ankle failure. The Dolans are truly a volatile element, like uranium or plutonium. Powerful, useful, but potentially dangerous. They must be handled carefully, and I’m sorry to say that it’s possible the iPlay America indoor theme park—New Jersey’s premier indoor theme park, no less—may not have done that. 

We won’t know anything until the N.T.S.B. (which, weirdly, investigates YouTuber concert mishaps in addition to airplane crashes) issues its findings, but if we can’t blame this on the venue, then we’ll be forced to blame it on the teens, and possibly even on the Dolans, and we really don’t want to do that. Though, if only he’d left his shirt on . . .

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