It is understandable for you, as a YouTuber, to be hesitant about making a video talking about the recent YouTube abuse. Here is a list of reasons you may not have made a video yet and how you can combat them and make one.
1. You are worried about saying something problematic/incorrect.
As you’re putting your video together you can ask other people such as us at Youtube Speaks to tell you if something you’re saying is problematic and to verify any information. If we can’t do so we can refer you to someone who can, or suggest you leave out that piece of information. We won’t post asks if you ask us not to. It’s also a good idea to show your video to someone else before uploading it.
2. You are worried about anyone you accuse taking legal action against you.*
There have been a few videos on the YouTube abuse already with significant view counts that name out some of the abusers and so far these people haven’t received any legal action against them. If you are really uncomfortable naming names that is ok, you can mention the abuse has occurred and then tell people to go to links in the description such as the masterposts on the topic.
3. You are uncomfortable discussing the abuse at length.
You could make a video referring to the abuse and giving masterpost links and then speak more broadly about consent/the YouTube power dynamic etc. You could simply make a video telling your subscribers to watch another video on the topic and link to one that has been made already (videos by thegeekyblonde and pottermoosh are good choices).
If you do not feel like you can add your voice to the conversation please raise other people’s voices. It is not enough to tweet or tumblr post about it. YouTube is where these people are famous and where awareness should be spread.
*NOTE that no one on the yts team is a legal professional and we are not qualified to give legal advice. If you are really worried about the legality issues then it would be best to contact someone who is qualified to give you advice.
That being said, here are some other tips on the subject (again this is not legal advice, use it at your own risk):
- Mike Lombardo has already been convicted, you could mention him by name vaguely talk about ~people like him~ and suggest your followers look them up.
- Instead of naming someone as an abuser, you can say that there are allegations of abuse against them. As far as I can tell, that’s just fact and I can’t see how it would have legal ramifications (again, not a lawyer).
- If you’re really worried about legal issues, then be careful with words/phrases like “sex offender,” “rapist,” “pedophile,” etc., as their legal definitions are not the same as their social definitions, and it’s possible that could be seen as defamation.
What fucks me up about the Darren Wilson fundraiser is that he hasn’t been charged with a crime. He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. He’s on paid leave, so he’s not losing wages. This is not covering his expenses, because he doesn’t have any additional expenses. This is a reward. He’s getting a $250,000 reward for murdering an unarmed black kid.
HE HAD TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL. MIKE REACHED FOR HIS GUN. HIS FRIEND THAT WAS WITH HIM EVEN ADMITTED THAT HE LIED ABOUT THE COP JUST RANDOMLY SHOOTING HIM AND CONFIRMED THAT THEY ROBBED THE STORE. SELF DEFESE.
None of this is true. This is how good the Ferguson PD’s smear campaign has been. Not one sentence here is accurate. Let’s break this down:
- "HE HAD TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL." Michael Brown’s autopsy showed no sign of struggle.The picture of the CT scan that’s being passed around to show that Wilson had an orbital blowout fracture is actually from 2008 from the University of Iowa, and a right-wing pundit photoshopped out the date and hospital info.
- "MIKE REACHED FOR HIS GUN." Officer Wilson’s story is that the first shot that went off was an accidental discharge while they were fighting over the gun. However. there was no gunpowder residue on Mike Brown, meaning that he was absolutely not holding the gun when it went off and furthermore that he was not even that close. He was fired on from a distance.
- "HIS FRIEND THAT WAS WITH HIM EVEN ADMITTED THAT HE LIED ABOUT THE COP JUST RANDOMLY SHOOTING HIM AND CONFIRMED THAT THEY ROBBED THE STORE." This is actually a compound lie, which is kind of impressive. His friend, Dorian Johnson, did not say that. His lawyer said they were together in the convenience store, the police said there was a robbery, and the media put those two statements next to each other to imply a statement was made that never was. Johnson isn’t being charged with anything because the Ferguson PD “determined he committed no crime." The Ferguson PD also admitted Officer Wilson didn’t know about the scuffle at the convenience store before he stopped Brown and Johnson. You may be wondering why I say scuffle instead of robbery. That’s because there wasn’t one: the owners of the store didn’t call the police and video shows Brown paying for the cigarillos! The clerk confronted Brown about reaching across the counter instead of waiting for him to hand over the cigarillos, he put his hand on Brown, and Brown pushed him. Yes, he pushed him too hard, but the clerk apparently didn’t care enough to call the police. The police were called by another customer in the store, who apparently didn’t know what was actually happening.
- "SELF DEFESE." The autopsy shows that he was shot on the inside of his arm, meaning his hands were up, and the top of his head, meaning that, since Brown was 6’4”, either he was on his knees or the officer was 8’ tall. The officer was not 8’ tall.
The evidence clearly shows that Officer Wilson, who had no idea of the not-actually-a-robbery, executed the unarmed Mike Brown while he was on his knees with his hands in the air. Just like all of the eyewitnesses said (except for “Josie,” who turned out not to be real).
But the Ferguson PD’s already tainted public opinion. They’ve spread so many lies so effectively that no amount of evidence will bring justice. Your ignorance here is proof of just how effective it’s been.
I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be able to do this
everyone has said and done problematic things in their lifetime. that’s a result of the society we live in, not necessarily a reflection of their character.
what is a reflection of their character is how they react to being informed of the negativity within their behavior and statements, and whether or not they choose to change their behavior.
— inkskinned, “My father’s recipe for the man I should marry” (via bl-ossomed)