People with disabilities are among the most marginalized people in the world. The World Health Organization, who says that over one billion people in the world today have some form of disability, views it as a human rights issue because disabled people usually have poorer health, lower educational achievements, almost zero economic participation, and higher rates of poverty than those without a disability. Due to this, it is almost natural that a person with a disability will be living off whatever aid is provided to them by the government or other people in order for them to survive.
While this remains largely true, people like Ricky Berwick, who is suffering from a condition that has left him deformed from birth and is aided with a motorized wheelchair to move around, are among the few to have not allowed their disability to stop them from making a living for themselves as they also inspire others to do so.
Arguably one of the kings of social media in regards to comedic content, Berwick has been able to live life on his own terms, thanks to his ability to entertain people across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. His followership base runs into millions on all these platforms where he often posts funny short videos as well as memes from the clips he produces. These memes have since grown in popularity, making him one of the most popular faces used as a meme on the internet.
Ricky Berwick’s Background & Social Media Career
On the 23rd of April 1992, Ricky Berwick was welcomed into the world in Canada by his parents; Barbara and Devon Berwick. There is very little that is known about the man who always records himself doing crazy stuff to share on social media. This is because as he has revealed, he is not a fan of interviews and is not quite ready to let details of his childhood or family become public knowledge.
What has brought him to the limelight is his social media activities, most especially on YouTube where he has close to a million subscribers. His channel on the platform, which makes use of his name, began on May 9, 2007. By 2018, it had grown to have more than 122 million views on thousands of videos that he makes daily with the simple aim of providing great entertainment. While most of the videos on the channel are less than 30 seconds long, there are some that are much longer.
Ricky Berwick is also having a very good show on Twitter where he shares his videos and materials to his followers. On the platform, he has close to 200,000 followers and thousands of videos and pictures. He describes himself there as “your not so normal video entertainer… AND your god.”
Instagram is also another great platform that the comedic video maker who is famous for sticking out his tongue is using to spread his work. He has over 500,000 followers here while on Facebook, he has over a million followers.
In addition to making videos, Berwick is also an entrepreneur. He often promotes his merchandise which is sold on Fanfiber. He sells things such as his Ricky T-Shirt, Ricky Berwick T-Shirt, Ricky Tongue T-Shirt, and Your God T-Shirt. He also sells things like Ricky Hoodie, Ricky Berwick Hoodie, Ricky Tongue Hoodie, and Your God Hoodie. His merchandise goes for between 27.13 dollars to 49.33 dollars.
Thanks to all these endeavors, Ricky Berwick has been able to afford himself a life that many other people suffering with a disability would wish that they have.
Here Are Facts About His Ailment
As mentioned above, Ricky Berwick was born with a disability. This has been identified as a genetic disorder called Beals-Hecht syndrome or congenital contractural arachnodactyly.
The condition, which can be simply referred to as Beals Syndrom, is a rare genetic disorder that causes one to have very little control and movement of the arms, legs, and fingers. Sufferers of the disease are further known to be skinny while they have long toes and fingers as well as crumbled ears.
The disorder may be mild or severe as is the case of Ricky Berwick. It is usually inherited from a parent in an autosomal dominant pattern or maybe as a result of new mutations in the FBN2 gene.
The number of people suffering from the Beals-Hecht syndrome globally is still not known, however, it is assumed that it affects less than one baby in every 10,000 births each year.