ASMR teen Life With MaK roasts trolls who say she is asking "to be sexually cyber bullied"
12 June 2019, 21:34 | Updated: 12 June 2019, 21:55
Makenna Kelly has been clapping back at Twitter trolls after YouTube removed her ASMR videos.
You may have recently heard that viral sensation, living meme and ASMR YouTuber Life With Mak was quitting YouTube following several instances where her videos are being removed from the platform for 'violating community guidelines'.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, 13-year-old Makenna Kelly revealed that 12 of her videos had been taken down in the past three months, including one of her most popular videos where she ate honeycomb, following concerns that her content could be viewed as 'sexual'.
This is happening because YouTube has been revamping their guidelines in a bid to clamp down on content that “endangers the emotional and physical well-being of minors” as well as content that “sexually exploits minors.” While Makenna doesn't appear to be doing anything wrong, she is the one that has been punished.
Makenna has been very outspoken about the issue on Twitter and has also been responding to tweets which have suggested that the type of content she puts out on YouTube automatically means that she's setting herself up to be "sexually cyber bullied."
Read her savage responses below.
EXCUSE ME? @TCamerucci I want you to read your comment out loud. Did you actually just imply I deserve to be sexually cyber-bullied? Sorry girl but the days of “she wore a short skirt so she was pretty much asking to get raped” are LONG gone. Shame on you. Seriously. pic.twitter.com/oXcqsNCLaJ— Lifewithmak2005 (@lifewithmak2005) June 10, 2019
Thank you for re-confirming the EXACT point I was trying to make about you and your misogynistic comments.🤣 My content does not “make” me anything. I encourage you to support and empower young women. I actually pity you. Do you need a bigger shovel for that hole you’re digging? https://t.co/ByJ8zgPF1d— Lifewithmak2005 (@lifewithmak2005) June 10, 2019
Yes, Gabriella. I am the one and only minor making videos YouTube. We are all being exploited. Removing all kids from social media, churches, Girl/Boy Scouts, sports, schools, etc. will END PEDOPHILIA. Thank you for your words of wisdom. 🤣 https://t.co/4CAga4Jda1— Lifewithmak2005 (@lifewithmak2005) June 9, 2019
ASMR is for more that just insomnia. Maybe if you spent more time reading than posing shirtless in Twitter pics you’d understand it’s not about an “f*#ing 12 year old whispering in your ear to fall asleep.” WEIRD is a 30 year old troll posing shirtless to “prove” something. 🙄— Lifewithmak2005 (@lifewithmak2005) June 9, 2019
no cops at pride only Life With Mak. pic.twitter.com/zjGrnv7j0p— mat whitehead (@matwhi) June 11, 2019
In the same interview with BuzzFeed News, Makenna's mother (and manager of her channel) Nichole said: “I don’t need YouTube to parent my child or protect my child for me. They are not the government. Punish the pedophiles and punish the online cyberbullies — not the creator.”
At the start of the year, YouTube began disabling the comment section on several videos and channels that feature minors in order to stop pedophiles using the platform to communicate. Colleen Ballinger was one of those that was affected by platform restriction and called them out on it.
"I want to keep children safe, that is my top priority... but... by demonetising videos that have kids in them that a predator would find appealing... all you're doing is helping the [pervert] because now they don't have to sit through an ad [to see those videos] and they can't comment, which means there's no way to find them... or report them."
The same thing happened to Jessica Ballinger whose video of her son doing gymnastics was demonetised. YouTube responded to her complaint, saying: "Just to be super clear, we're not saying anything is wrong with the actual video and thank you for doing a great job moderating the comments section. These recent actions are due to an abundance of caution related to content that may endanger minors.
With regard to the actions that we've taken, even if your video is suitable for advertisers, inappropriate comments could result in your video receiving limited or no ads (yellow icon). Let us know if you have any questions."
To sum that up, it seems like YouTube is punishing creators for comments other people are leaving on their content and by the looks of things, it still has not found a solution to that moderation problem.
Dear @YouTube: Your blatant discrimination will not stop me. I will not let you use me as a target for your platform’s shortcomings. I am not sorry for being a confident young woman who speaks her mind. You condoned a grown man to sexually bully me and it’s time to own up to it. pic.twitter.com/VvcsNihbfV— Lifewithmak2005 (@lifewithmak2005) June 10, 2019