Profit in Sexual Abuse on YouTube: It’s Google, Too.
So. This is going to be long. Strap in.
I’ve been a skosh slapdash about doing the appropriate reading, so I just caught up on all this Sam Pepper stuff. If you haven’t, watch the video I posted above by lacigreen. It is the basic rundown of what has gone on way too long.
Very short summary? There is a collection of male YouTubers making careers out of being assholes, which is no surprise: what was a surprise to me was to learn that some of them are uploading well-documented illegal behavior* (pinching women’s butts, wagging their penises at unsuspecting women, tying women up, handcuffing themselves to women, kissing women without consent, and even in one broadcast what appears to be an actual physical assault - see the video above video for footage of ALL of these things). For their channels which include this well-documented illegal behavior, they
have been roundly rejected from the media platform and creator community before they could gain a foothold and then were served arrest warrants in their homeshave made money and gained fans.
In the wake of the clamor caused by this well-documented illegal behavior, women have begun to come forward with stories of sexual assault, and in some cases rape, perpetrated by the makers of these videos. We, of course, now sit through silence from the alleged** offenders while their PR agents and legal teams - bought and paid for with the money they made by uploading videos including well-documented illegal behavior - circle the wagons and try to save their careers from ending and their lives from incarceration.
Now, I am not going to go into the heinous nature of their actions, though well-documented illegal behavior is the nicest terminology I could work up for it… and that’s because Laci Green is leading a movement inside and outside the YouTube community on that topic, and she does it best.
There’s another element of it all that has been eating at me. I’ve said five times now how YouTube is hosting this illegal activity and allowing these execrable people and their copycats to prosper and potentially become famous off of it. YouTube itself is prospering from it. And now these little twerps, these putrescent skin-sacks impersonating actual humans, are walking TV studios, with teams and assistants and editors and agents and managers. With power and influence to scare victims into silence. Who reach millions upon millions of people inside of a keystroke and can drum up a tidal wave of support for almost anything they do, including and most importantly…yes…well-documented illegal behavior.
So here is my question.
Where is Google/YouTube in all of this?
[I had to put it under a cut. It’s kind of really really long.]
a dudebro goes over to the frankenstein place and says “ugh, heavy makeup and fishnets are such an unattractive trend.” tim curry screams “I DIDN’T WEAR IT FOR YOU” and kills him with a pickax and then everyone eats him
YES ITS BACK
- clint barton: hey hahaha so steve you ever heard of this thing called furries
- steve rogers: i have been on the internet, yes
- clint barton: ahahaha i'd bet yours would be an eagl-
- steve rogers: pig.
- clint barton: what
- steve rogers: pigs are cute and nice and intelligent
Holy cow, that’s pretty surprising that Marvel let Carol’s reaction through.
However, can we agree that Moonstone didn’t wear much more or better when SHE was Ms. Marvel?
Well… yes, Karla did wear Carol’s old classic costume when she was Ms. Marvel, but it’s difficult to interpret that as hypocrisy with regards to her taste in spandex (not that Karla isn’t a hypocrite elsewhere, obviously, but here I’m having trouble seeing it that way). She wore the Ms. Marvel costume because it was mandatory attire — like, she was ordered to:
and then she spends Dark Reign complaining about it (enough that “Karla hates the underwear costume” kind of approached running gag status)—
The fact that her particular digs at Carol are gross and catty and we’re supposed to find them gross aside (because in-universe, it is gross; “wow a woman can’t expose skin AND be a feminist” scans as shitty and incorrect for a reason), Karla really hates that costume.
[As a side note: not to get all “well ACTUALLY [pushes up glasses]” (she says as she pushes up her glasses), but the Ms. Marvel in the top Dark Avengers panel isn’t actually Moonstone at all — that’s Superia (from Osborn’s even more ill-advised second pass at a Dark Avengers lineup).]
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