The Jakarta Post
Indonesian Muhammad Attamimi “Atta” Halilintar has been named the first YouTuber in Southeast Asia to get more than 10 million subscribers.
Having uploaded videos on his channel since 2016, Atta posted a celebration on his achievement on YouTube on Feb. 5. In the video, Atta is seen lying on a hospital bed because of fatigue.
On his laptop screen, he shows the ever-increasing number of subscribers to his channel. He then shares his opinion of people who seem to mock his videos: “Sometimes people see us smiling and laughing in the videos, but they have no idea about the pain behind them and how we react to those who cannot appreciate our work,” said Atta.
Furthermore, he said he once considered taking a break from his YouTube activities, but his followers would always bombard him with questions about his next videos.
After expressing his gratitude to his Ateam fanbase, Atta explained his plans. “When I’m finished with my activities, I’ll be looking for a space to build a mosque,” he said. Atta, who also wrote a book called Atta Halilintar: Draw My Life, said, “Whoever has a space or wants to help me [in building the mosque], please email me.”
“I hope there’ll be more [Indonesian] YouTubers who will have 10 million subscribers as well, so we won’t get underestimated by foreigners,” said Atta.
Atta Halilintar, who has 10 brothers and sisters, is the eldest son of Gen Halilintar. In 2015, Atta's mother, Lenggogeni Faruk, wrote a book entitled Kesebelasan Gen Halilintar: My Family My Team (Gen Halilintar Team: My Family My Team) about her journey raising 11 children without a nanny. The book became the beginning of the family’s fame, including Atta's.
Often seen wearing his trademark headband and sunglasses, Atta mostly posts vlogs, interviews with celebrities and celebrity house tours. He often includes messages about not giving up and describes how he built his career from zero.
According to YouTube, creators who gain 10 million subscribers are given the Diamond Creator Award or the Diamond Play Button. Among those who already received the award are the Korean girl group BLACKPINK, Swedish vlogger PewDiePie and Korean musician PSY. (wir/wng)