The DePaulia

Unpacking the explosive rise of mukbang

YouTube star Erik the Electric in one of his many mukbang videos featuring popular American fast food items.

Holyn Thigpen, Contributing Writer

April 29, 2019

In a 43-minute-long video with almost 400,000  views on YouTube, Stephanie Soo sits atop her kitchen stool and devours over 100 spicy dumplings with sprinkles of impassioned commentary—“So hot, so steamy so juicy!”—and straight-to-camera gossip about friends’ douchebag boyfriends of days p...

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