A little over a month ago, word started getting out that popular YouTube personalities like Sam Pepper were being accused of having sex with or soliciting nude photos from underage fans.
The guy pictured above, veeoneeye, actually admits to having sex with an inebriated underage girl. He subsequently blamed this on being Mormon and not knowing the “rules” about sex, drugs, and alcohol. So I guess Mormons don’t recognize statutory rape?
Though these stories haven’t blown up on major news outlets, fans and social media have been all types of vocal. To my dismay, I’ve found that many people defend these guys. EVEN WHEN THEY ADMIT TO IT.
This nonsense has been going on since the first celebrity decided to dip his doodle in some young thang or smack a female for getting out of line. Fans come to their defense. And I become dumbstruck.
THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS. If this was some talentless hack like M. Night Shyamalan, folks would be ready to crucify him (I kid). But because people enjoy what these celebrities are doing, they fall victim to hero worship and defend them by any means necessary.
I’m not saying people can’t change, but to act as if the victim is in the wrong and the celebrity is in need of coddling is disturbing. They are people like the rest of us and should be treated as such. Kick that imaginary pedestal from under their feet and hold them accountable for their actions. Otherwise, this crap will continue because the behavior is reinforced.
As much as it pains me, this goes for you too, Bill Cosby.
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