A look at ethics and popular Youtubers

Recently popular YouTubers and other content creators have made videos which were meant to get huge views for money but just ended up creating controversy. These videos either ended in backlash or with the people in the video getting in trouble with the law.

Logan Paul has faced backlash over what he did in Japan, such as make racist jokes. Although, he created the most media buzz filming a dead body in the so-called “Suicide Forest” for views and money, while being insensitive about filming the body and making jokes about it on top of that. Nevertheless, he wasn’t the first one to try to get views by being thoughtless towards how others feel.

Other YouTube channels have made videos that were either pranks that had gone too far or staged inconsiderate pranks. One of these people was Joey Salads who put a car that supported Donald Trump in a mostly African-American neighborhood to see what would happen. However, somebody filmed them from a rooftop so that you could clearly see the prank was staged and that this was a cruel video to make. Why add drama when you don’t need to? I mean if this was real that would be different, but he staged a social experiment just for views and it ended up riling up tensions between voters. That is not okay, especially considering what the video means to all people including his subscribers.

Other YouTube videos have ended up with people getting in trouble with the law such as videos from Trollstation, a popular prank channel, where they pretended to rob an art gallery in masks or from TmarTN, another popular YouTube channel, where he promoted a gambling site as a money maker but didn’t disclose that he owned the site and had to go to court over it.           

All these videos were made to make money from views or from promoting personal websites they owned and they all ended in backlash as they should have. The problem is that while YouTube pays YouTubers to get views and subscribers, it is up to the YouTubers to make interesting videos without having to make insensitive videos. If these YouTubers don’t want backlash then they should think when editing that video, could this be controversial?

Some students at Leigh had ideas on how they can avoid media repercussion, such as Xavier Viramontes, junior, who said, “They can avoid controversy by not being so stupid … post content that is for all ages and groups. That is appropriate for all ages and groups too.”

Bryant Draper, freshman said,  “[They can] avoid being controversial by not putting anything that might offend anyone into their content such as racism and sexuality.”

“Content creators can be controversial because they can say something … and then in another video they can say something that was against what they said before and those things might be against the community,” said Avi Singh, freshman.  If it is controversial, don’t post that video and live on being a successful YouTuber who still gets tons of views without having to do anything to sacrifice reputation.