Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Everybody Wants To Be An Internet Hero

 This is one of those blog posts I may one day look back on and think of myself as an ignorant dumbass for even posting it. Having said that, it is an important thing to remind people of in this age of the internet. Because some people just don't know when to stop.
The picture above is a picture of the Martin family. They have a YouTube channel called DaddyOFive and a few other ones. Or they did. It was mainly a pranking channel from what I can gather. Anyway, let's not beat around the bush: their kids got taken away after numerous YouTubers made allegations of child abuse. (Note: MommyOFive is actually stepmother to the kids in question.)
I first discovered DaddyOFive through unorthodox means. His son Cody's freakout over his dad destroying what he believed to have been his Xbox One was part of some Spoiled Kids Cringe Compilation. I only had to watch the video for thirty seconds to learn that Cody was not spoiled, nor was the drama in the video orchestrated by him. It can't be fun to watch your dad take a sledgehammer to an Xbox that you believe to be yours because of some issue with math homework. And to watch him record your horror at the same time, then laugh at you.
Enter the fearless people of the Red Beret. YouTubers began to make videos in droves complaining about DaddyOFive and the mistreatment of the children in his care. The point that was made most often that is hilariously ironic is that DaddyOFive was exploiting children to make more money from his videos. Think about that for a moment. Was the YouTuber's video not monetized then? Were they not making money from the exact same situation?
"Oh, but we were trying to help those kids. Our videos had nothing to do with the fact that we were trying to capitalize on a popular topic, thereby making more money." You tried to help, huh? Did you call the police or child welfare to investigate, or were you all screaming into the ether?
I'm not saying DaddyOFive is not guilty of abuse and mistreatment of the children that were under his care at the time. All I am saying is that maybe the children could have been helped a lot sooner if you went through the right avenues. Unless this was just about views, in which case, way to go. You got exactly what you wanted.