I think we can all agree that child predators are monsters. If anything, laws against child predators should be more strict and not loosened. As a father, I’d do just about anything to keep my son safe from predators, but one of the issues we face is the spread of misinformation. When misinformation is spread, we hurt our ability to protect children rather than help it.
One of the most recent pieces of misinformation that’s been spread is about a bill in California. The narrative is that this bill makes laws more lenient on child predators, but that’s not actually the case. Those of us who are critical thinkers know that we can’t be headline readers, and we need to investigate before following narratives.
The problem is that large creators are helping to spread this narrative, which damages what we’re trying to accomplish in order to protect our children. One of the creators who has spread this misinformation is Blaire White, a trans YouTuber with almost 1 million subscribers.
In a recent video, here’s what she had to say about the bill in California:
This is a narrative that’s been going on for a few weeks now on TikTok, and while many people are spreading this misinformation on TikTok, it’s worse that a large creator like Blaire White is spreading it as well. Currently, this video has over 600k views. Not only that, but she’s a trans YouTuber, and when you look at the bill, it was actually an adjustment to an existing bill that was discriminating towards the LGBTQ community.
So what does the bill actually say? In this fact check from The Sacramento Bee, it says:
“Under existing law since 1944, when a person is found by a court to have had vaginal intercourse with a minor 14 years of age or older, and the age difference is not more than 10 years, judges are given discretion as to whether to require that person to register as a sex offender.
However, that discretion pertains only to vaginal sex. In cases of oral or anal sex, judges have no discretion and the sentenced person must register as a sex offender.
Wiener’s bill would give judges discretion in those cases. He said that it’s about treating LGBTQ young people the same as straight young people.”
So, this is a law that’s nearly 100 years old, and all it did was make the law the same for those in the LGBTQ community. Like I said, if anything, these laws should be more strict, but creators like Blaire White are spreading misinformation. When misinformation is spread, it hurts what we’re trying to do.
As a creator with almost 1 million subscribers who discusses current events, Blaire White has an ethical responsibility to the community to do her research before spreading information like this.
Child predators are a real issue, and the sex trafficking of children is also a very real issue. In recent years, a good friend of mine had her teenage daughter abducted with the intent to sex traffic, and fortunately, she was able to rescue her daughter. We’re dealing with very real issues, but when creators like Blaire White spread misinformation, it distracts from what’s actually going on.
If you remember, a few months ago, a Wayfair conspiracy was spreading, and it’s been thoroughly debunked. Here’s a TikTok I found discussing how ridiculous it was:
Dablegs on TikTok
Dablegs(@dablegs) has created a short video on TikTok with music original sound. #fyp #foryou #wayfairconspiracy
In my opinion, we’re facing a major problem with what’s known as Slacktivism. It’s become such a widespread phenomenon, that the dictionary even has a definition for it now:
“The practice of supporting a political or social cause by means such as social media or online petitions, characterized as involving very little effort or commitment.”
Recently, I made a video discussing the real issues around the movie Cuties. I refuse to watch the movie because I find it pretty gross, but I’ve seen plenty of videos like Blaire’s that blur out the troubling scenes. Meanwhile, I think videos from Blaire White and others are a prime example of slacktivism. People are expressing their outrage over this movie while putting minimal effort into actually trying to solve the problems in our world.
It’s easy to make YouTube videos and TikToks or tweet and leave comments saying to cancel Netflix, but it takes real effort to help organizations that are actually fighting against child abuse. It’s easy to spread misinformation about California bills regarding child predator laws, but it takes effort to do research and actually try to fight for solutions.
As I see it, the problem is that most people would rather signal to the tribe what side they’re on instead of actually putting in the work. When this results in the spreading of misinformation, not doing research, and refusing to have nuanced conversations, it hurts everything we’re trying to accomplish.
If you need help with your mental health, I highly recommend the service I use, BetterHelp. They’re an affordable online therapy service, and by using this affiliate link, you help support The Rewired Soul.