New Jersey governor: YouTube stars should be ‘taken to task’ over house party

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Wednesday condemned the “knucklehead” behavior of the Canadian YouTube stars who hosted a large crowd Monday at the house where “Jersey Shore” was filmed.

Murphy said the so-called Nelk Boys should “be taken to task” over the event in Seaside Heights, according to The Associated Press. The estimated 1,000 attendees were twice the maximum allowed under the Garden State’s coronavirus restrictions

The YouTube troupe rented out the house Monday to promote new merchandise. Murphy said Wednesday that dispersing the crowds required at least seven police departments, and that everyone who was present should seek testing.

Both Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli warned that the virus is on the rise among young people in particular. Persichilli noted that since August, the positivity rate for 14- to 18-year-olds has more than doubled, from 3 percent to 7 percent. The spike among 19- to 24-year-olds has increased even more, from 2.7 percent to 7.1 percent.

Kyle Forgeard, a member of the group, said in a video posted to Twitter Tuesday that accounts of the incident had gotten “twisted,” claiming they “didn’t want to get in trouble” and hired security to disperse any crowds. “Word just spreads like absolute wildfire, especially in these small-ass towns… now that we’ve learned, when COVID is going on, everyone’s bored, people are going to f—ing show up,” he said.

“We really learned after this, we have to accept now … maybe we’re famous,” he added.

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Police called in as YouTube stars Nelk Boys host huge party at ‘Jersey Shore’ house in Seaside

SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Borough police called in help from surrounding towns as a crowd numbering in the thousands descended on the area for an event organized by popular YouTube group the Nelk Boys, authorities said.

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Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd said police were performing “crowd control” and as of 8:30 p.m. the situation remained peaceful and under control. Boyd estimated the crowd had grown to a “couple thousand.”



a group of people standing next to a fence: Screenshot of an Instagram post on the Nelk Boys account showing police performing crowd control outside the Jersey Shore House in Seaside Heights.


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Screenshot of an Instagram post on the Nelk Boys account showing police performing crowd control outside the Jersey Shore House in Seaside Heights.

Authorities warned of road closures in the area.

Videos posted on Snapchat showed large groups of rowdy young people gathered in the streets of the borough. Many of the videos also showed a large police presence.

The night appeared to have gotten more tense as it wore on. Police from several surrounding towns swarmed Seaside Heights in an attempt to maintain order.

One video posted on social media showed officers wearing what appeared to be riot shields confronting revelers.

There were incidents of people throwing bottles at police, but for the most part the crowd remained under control, authorities said.

The Nelk Boys, a Canadian YouTube channel known for posting prank and party videos, posted on social media that the event was timed with the launch of new merchandise, basketball and baseball jerseys, from the group.

The group posted a video on Twitter in which they claimed they were being kicked out of the famed “Jersey Shore” house, which at one time housed cast members of the MTV reality show that made Seaside Heights famous around the world as a nightlife hotspot. The video showed a large group of people waiting outside the home being held back by police.

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Earlier in the day, the group posted a video from outside the home showing them popping champagne bottles.

The group, which has 5.71 million subscribers on YouTube, was sanctioned by the streaming giant last week after they were accusing of throwing huge parties at Illinois State University, BuzzFeed reported. The parties were being investigated by the university as a possible violation of coronavirus rules.

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The Nelk Boys previously protested COVID-19 restrictions in Los Angeles as part of a YouTube “stunt,” according to the report.

A YouTube spokesperson told BuzzFeed the group’s channel would be temporarily demonetized and their behavior was “creating a widespread public health risk.”

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YouTube pranksters draw large maskless crowd, get kicked out of ‘Jersey Shore’ house in Seaside Heights

Every Monday night, the Nelk Boys post a new video, sharing their latest exploits with their 5.7 million followers on YouTube.

These video usually involve some kind of stunt, prank and merchandise “drop.” Their appearances have been known to draw crowds, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now they’ve brought their frat act to the Jersey Shore.

After the YouTube personalities teased they would be at the Shore Monday — staying in Seaside Heights at the “Jersey Shore” house made popular by the MTV reality show — fans showed up en masse, forming a maskless crowd.

The Nelk Boys shared clips from their Shore trip on Instagram and Twitter — in one, they spray some celebratory bubbly in front of the house’s famous Italian flag-painted garage — as locals posted video of the scene on social media. Police were on hand for crowd control, and the gathering outside the Shore house seemed to grow larger as the night wore on.

Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd told the Asbury Park Press that officers were performing “crowd control” and as of 8:30 p.m. the situation remained peaceful and under control. Boyd estimated the crowd had grown to a “couple thousand.”

Later Monday, videos on social media showed rowdier crowds.

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Danny Merk, known to “Jersey Shore” fans as the employer of the cast at the Shore Store, appeared to kick the Nelk Boys out of the Shore house.

“Get your sh-t and get outta here, guys,” Merk, the landlord, told them in one video, filmed inside the house at 1209 Boardwalk. “It’s time to go.”

“Danny let them stay!!!” said “Jersey Shore” star Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio in a comment on the Instagram video.

“Hope you didn’t leave my room a mess!!!” said his co-star, Vinny Guadagnino.

The Nelk Boys, who hail from Canada, are Gen Zers Jesse Sebastiani, Kyle Forgeard and Steve Deleonardis. The trio, who lived in Los Angeles before they set off on travels across the country, are known for their visits to college campuses.

Last week, YouTube temporarily “demonetized” them after they allegedly threw parties at Illinois State University, creating a “public health risk,” BuzzFeed reported. Video they shared on Instagram showed students at on-campus parties not wearing masks or social distancing.

The Nelk Boys previously pulled a stunt in which they protested COVID-19 restrictions in Los Angeles, leading a crowd in an “open the gyms” chant.

Their latest video, posted two hours ago, claims nearly half a million views on YouTube. The installment is a compilation of various trips and pranks that starts at the Shore house and documents them getting kicked out of the parking lot of a Trump rally a few days ago.

The Nelk Boys and their Nelk associates use their appearances to hawk their Full Send merchandise, which includes a variety of basketball and baseball jerseys and hoodies.

They provide updates along the way for their 3.6 million Instagram followers and 381,000 Twitter followers.

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