Controversy is swirling around a foul-mouthed teen YouTuber after a journalist accused her of bigotry against Muslims and the platform removed the video under scrutiny. The young YouTube star known as ‘Soph’, a 14-year-old high school freshman from the Bay Area, became the center of debate after a highly critical Buzzfeed article was published on Monday.
Controversy is swirling around a foul-mouthed teen YouTuber after a journalist accused her of bigotry against Muslims and the platform removed the video under scrutiny.
The young YouTube star known as ‘Soph’, a 14-year-old high school freshman from the Bay Area, became the center of debate after a highly critical Buzzfeed article was published on Monday.
The article highlights a crude video called ‘Be Not Afraid,’ in which Soph dresses in a chador and explains sarcastically that she has become ‘devout follower of the Prophet Muhammad’ and laments that she gets ‘raped by my 40-year-old husband every so often’.
The rest of the 20-minute video goes on to blast internet outrage culture and encourage young people to speak their minds without fear of being offensive.
The video was banned for ‘violating the company’s policy on hate speech’ within a day of the Buzzfeed article, which blasted YouTube executives for allowing Soph’s channel and stirred a wave of online outrage.
YouTube banned Soph’s video ‘Be Not Afraid’ (above) after a Buzzfeed article highlighted its crude mockery of Muslims. The teen girl vows not to stop making controversial videos
The Buzzfeed article described Soph as ‘a cherubic white girl mocking Islamic dress while lecturing her hundreds of thousands of followers about Muslim ‘rape gangs,’ social justice ‘homos,’ and the evils wrought by George Soros.’
It points out instances in which the teen’s ‘comedy’ videos seem to veer into racism or anti-gay sentiments.
The author goes on to criticize YouTube for allowing Soph’s controversial videos, which the teen has defended as being comedic.
A YouTube spokesperson said in a statement to DailyMail.com: ‘YouTube is an open platform where anyone may post videos as long as they comply with our Community Guidelines. This may include content that some find offensive.
‘We enforce our policies rigorously and last quarter alone, removed more than 8 million videos. Responsibility remains our number one priority and we continue to invest heavily in our teams, technology and processes to protect the platform.’
According to YouTube, Soph’s channel had been reviewed and while two videos were removed, the company found that the vast majority of her videos did not violate their policies.
Soph, whose channel grew about 10 per cent to 880,000 followers in the day after the Buzzfeed article, responded in a tweet directed at the author, Joseph Bernstein.
‘I cannot thank you enough @Bernstein,’ she wrote.
Conservative commentators responded to the Buzzfeed article and the subsequent ban of the ‘Be Not Afraid’ video by accusing journalists of targeting the teen and attempting to get her banned.
‘There are adult “journalists” who hunt down kids on YouTube to report for [saying the] wrong thing. (Which in this case is biting social commentary and funnier than anything on network TV)’ wrote right-wing talk show host Dave Rubin on Twitter.
Soph got her start on YouTube not in politics, but as a nine-year-old video game streamer under the monicker ‘LtCorbis’.
She says she writes her scripts with a collaborator, and edits and scores her videos herself.
Last summer, another of her videos was banned after she threatened YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki over the platform shutting down comments on her videos.
‘Susan, I’ve known your address since last summer,’ Soph said in the video. ‘I’ve got a Luger and a mitochondrial disease. I don’t care if I live. Why should I care if you live or your children? I just called an Uber. You’ve got about seven minutes to draft up a will. … I’m coming for you, and it ain’t gonna be pretty.’
Soph (above) makes videos mocking PC culture, and her defenders say she is being targeted by a left-wing outrage mob after a Buzzfeed article urging YouTube to ban her
In the newly banned video, ‘Be Not Afraid’, Soph appears to drop her sarcastic persona at the very end and delivers a message vowing that she will not stop making videos.
‘You could beg me kicking and screaming to stop disseminating the ideas I believe in, and it wouldn’t make a f**king difference,’ she says.
‘Not only am I inoculated to that bulls**t, most of Gen Z is too. Millennials grew up with MTV and nowadays watch Colbert. We, on the other hand, grew up with the internet, so we have no centralized source of information that controls what we think,’ she continued.
‘We filter out the truth for ourselves; we’re not lazy. No one is brainwashing kids. Kids are simply learning from having free access to information, and there’s nothing you can do about it,’ Soph said.
She concluded: ‘If you’re still pretending to be mad at me…suck a fat c**k in hell. If you’re a Gen-Z-er, never censor yourself and speak freely until the day you die.’