I’m going to preface this post with a content warning. This post is about child abuse. The video I’m going to link includes actually video footage of child abuse. It is one of the most upsetting videos I have ever watched. My post includes in depth descriptions of child abuse.
This morning I watched a Youtube video discussing and highlighting what is happening on another Youtube channel. If you have the stomach for it, I’d suggest watching the video because Phillip DeFranco does a much better job of summarizing the situation than I can.
For those of you who can’t watch, I’ll give you a very brief rundown.
The Youtube channel DaddyOfFive is a combination family vlog and prank channel. In a recent video, the parents pull a prank where they pour invisible ink on one of the kid’s floors and then make him think that they believe he poured ink all over the floor. They scream and swear at this little boy, shouting things like “What the fuck did you do?” while the boy cries and cowers, looking genuinely terrified. Even the best child actors could not pull off looking as genuinely devastated as this child does.
As DeFranco highlights in his video, although all the children are pranked, it seems that this one child (Cody) takes the brunt of the cruelty. In many videos he is seen being hit, kicked, pushed, and pinned down by his older siblings. In one video his father pushes him face first into a book case. In one video Cody begs his family to stop, saying that he’s tired of this. In another video his parents scream at him and tell him he’s the only one in the family who can’t “take a joke”.
In response to some of the flak they have been getting, the parents uploaded a video about “Blocking All The Haters”. They goad the children into saying on camera that they aren’t being abused. Now keep in mind, the kids have been told that all the “Cool stuff” they have been getting is because of the Youtube channel. They know that if the pranks stop, the cool stuff goes away. Most of the children chime in that they are not being abused. Cody hardly says anything. The oldest boy says, “At least you aren’t beating us”.
What is happening to Cody is child abuse. It is emotional, psychological and physical abuse. It is torture. And the worst part of it all is that it is monetized. The parents are being paid by advertisers to abuse this child under the guise of “It’s just a prank, bro”.
So what can we do?
First of all, we can report the videos on DaddyOfFive’s channel for containing depictions of child abuse. If you decide to help by doing this, please be sure to flag the specific instances of abuse such as Cody being pushed or the parents screaming vulgarities at the children.
Second of all, we can let the companies advertising on this channel know that we won’t be buying anything from a company that sponsors videos of child abuse.
Finally, if anyone knows this family in person, they can make a report to CPS. Now the family is claiming that they’ve already been investigated and “cleared” by CPS, but that’s not how this works. Repeated reports mean repeated investigations. You do not give up and look the other way when a child is being abused just because CPS failed to act the first time. When my neighbors were abusing their children, I had to call CPS every week for over a month before something was done. Don’t give up.
ok everyone headcanons evan as being like the blushing uwu "c-connor" stereotype after they first kiss but. have they seen the bootleg. he like inhales zoe's face
YA I AGREE ENTIRELY but as far as the zoe thing is concerned i think u should also keep in mind that zoe and connor r two completely diff people and that the situation was drastically different from how most first kisses go, considering evan was overwhelmed with emotion after waxing poetic to zoe thru connor
OK this is particularly late considering the nature of the request, I’m sorry! I remember getting this one just before I went away for a weekend, and upon returning I kept going through the requests in order. And lately I’ve been very busy with work… Better later rather than never……. right? ;A;
Here is my ‘Craig is totally gay and was in love with the MC in college’ post!
So, first off- this is Craig Cahn and the thing that made me first think that he was gay instead of bi. (And fyi I am a Bi myself, so this is more headcanoning and exploring character and not trying to stomp on other headcanons, jsyk.)
Yeah the very first time we met. But look- divorces do happen, and do happen in a chill manner. But… let us note a couple things. One, the divorce literally only happened ‘last year’. Which could mean anywhere from (assuming this is the spring due to college letters and school timetables) 12+ to only 3-ish months ago depending on what counts as ‘last year’.
You only get a SECOND of him being uncomfortable while breaking the news before he is on even ground and is like ‘yeah it’s old news and everything is in perfect order now’. AND THE DIVORCE HAPPENED EITHER WHILE SMASHLEY WAS PREGNANT OR JUST HAD RIVER. Now, this could be a him lying, except… it’s never really brought up again as a thing? Like, we deal with Mat’s feelings for his dead wife, Joseph’s failing marriage, and etc but despite how recent it was we are lead to believe their divorce was perfectly amicable despite the timing. (Now placing a cut here because this gets long and has more pics.)
-Jake is obsessed with marine life
-Rich doesn’t know this, but coincidentally happens to take him to an aquarium for their first date
-And finds out that Jake is a sea-fact gold mine
- ‘Yeah, okay so you know step number four of the theory of evolution? Overproduction? Octopi take it to the next. level. They lay like ten thousand babies, then starve themselves watching over them and die. It’s super depressing. I used to have a pet octopus, Amphitrite. She was sort of yellow? The name octopus comes from the greek word octo, which means eight—’
-Rich has a hard time following these rambles
-He doesn’t mind though because Jake lights up like a firework when talking about this stuff, and it’s so precious to watch
-At the end of the tour, he buys him a stuffed narwhale
- ‘To repay you for the teddy bear, y'know’
-Jake goes ballistic
- 'Dude!! Thank you so much!! It’s so cute!!!’
-He names it Richie
-(Rich doesn’t mention that he named his teddy bear Jakey)
-They go buy icecream
-Jake isn’t very good at keeping up conversations past the typical forced high-school talk™
-They talk a bit about soccer, and homework, and teachers
-(Squips and fires are never brought up)
-At some point Rich slips his hand in Jake’s, and laughs as Jake nearly drops his icecream
-After that it’s easier
-They talk about ice cream flavors and youtube videos and weird hobbies
-Rich finds out Jake has a coin collection dating from the 80’s
-Jake finds out Rich played Super Mario in the third grade school play
- 'I couldn’t even prounounce the name. It was humiliating.’
'You couldn’t say Super Mario?’
'Dude, I have a lithp. I’d appear and yell, I’M THUPER MARIO HERE TO THAVE THE PRINCETH!! and everyone would crack up’
-Jake feels bad until he realizes Rich is laughing
-They take a lot of selfies
-Jenna made them promise
-Jake hates selfies, and Rich needles him mercilessly about it:
- 'Y'know, in the beginning you look like an average white jock, but you’re actually an 80 year old 'born in the wrong generation’ grandpa’
'Oh shut up’
-On the way home Jake hugs him and says he had a wonderful time
-That’s the exact word he uses
-And Rich in that moment decides he wants to be with this old-fashioned ocean geek forever
have any plans for tonight? we could watch cheesy 80's movies and order pizza if you want, you could pretend to eat it
I can't actually
no, hang out
raphael is taking me to hardtail; it's vamp night. oh and he gave me an outfit to wear that's like, The most casual thing he owns. y'know, v-neck shirt in black of course 'cause apparently bright colors offend him - and a ridiculously expensive fancy belt. oh and dark jeans that are a little too short but if I wear dark socks, no one will ever notice
oh my god, he asked you out on a date??
simon, smile faltering:
what?? no?? we're just gonna have a few drinks is all
simon. you're wearing his clothes, you smile when you say his name and he's taking you to a place where most of the customers are openly biting one another - it's a Date
simon, beaming with a touch of nervousness and staring out into the distance:
oh. that's just...ok yea I can - I can do that