"Sometimes life goes its own way and drags you along."-Stargirl from the book Love, Stargirl
The youtube community, creators and viewers, don’t always agree on things but today has been absolutely amazing. Seeing everybody come together and not being afraid to stand up for what is right is truly remarkable. THIS is why I’m team internet.
I’m horrified by what I saw of the video. It seems to me an obvious violation of YouTube’s Terms of Service, and I don’t understand why YouTube hasn’t already taken it down. This harassment and abuse can call itself pranks, but it isn’t; it’s abuse. It needs to stop—whether uploaded to YouTube or vine or facebook or wherever. It’s just reprehensible, and further indication that we have a lot to discuss when it comes to consent, harassment, and abuse both online and off.
Obviously I don’t have magical internet powers to fix this (or any other problems), but I do understand that Hank and I have a platform, and we are trying to amplify and fund creators who are fighting to inform more people about abuse and consent, including Kelly Kend’s documentary. A nerdfighter task force continues to develop a video series about consent and abuse online, which is taking a while because it needs to be properly researched and written and funded and so on, but it will happen.
"Daddy, can we watch more of the cheese lady?"
"Baby, we need to get ready for bed."
"But mommy’s not here and she reminds me of mommy. Maybe if I watch her as I sleep it will be like mommy is here. Please daddy."
Apparently Hannah sounds like my wife. Needless to say, my son fell asleep listening to Hannah’s videos. Glad to know my kid has a good role model to look up to.