A few days ago I wrote a post about how the internet should destroy Sam Pepper. Today I’m happy to report that many people seem to have similar ideas (some have even made videos about it). People with voices much larger than mine are now speaking out against the atrocities Sam Pepper has committed against NUMEROUS women and girls, some as young as thirteen.
I wanted to write a follow-up post because so much has happened since his awful video where he pinched women’s butts without their consent was posted. Firstly, YouTube has removed the video from Sam’s page. There was also some rumblings that Sam was banned from YouTube but a recent check on the site shows the repugnant troll still has a channel. Secondly, Sam’s talent rep for YouTube has dropped him. Playlist Live Tri-State has also dropped him from the line-up, as seen in this coy tweet:
A small number of YouTubers are still going hard in their campaign to publicly shame Sam, including Jack Howard, BriBry, Joe Santagato and Laci Green (the leader of this movement). These people deserve our thanks and support.
BriBry has even made a video titled “Calling Out Sam Pepper” where he asks YouTubers and the fans to end Sam’s career. It’s very eloquent and persuasive:
Remember these creators. They are doing their best to put the victim’s voices forward and not acting selfishly in staying silent because it might “damage their career.” There are plenty of YouTubers, specifically British ones who used to be friends with Sam, who have stayed disgustingly silent on the matter. It is not their job to speak out on the action’s Sam has committed but it is saddening that they have chosen to pretend like this never happened. There are plenty of fans who look up and respect these people; to overlook these awful crimes is to cast away any blame from Sam.
As I mentioned earlier Laci Green is the leader in this campaign and she is doing her best to speak to victims, as well as get other YouTubers involved. Since writing a public letter to Sam, she has received over 100,000 cosigners. Without her, many of the victims may not have come forward.
As seen in the Tweets above Laci has been receiving multiple threats from Sam and his friends. His latest attempt to downplay his video detailing sexual assault is to claim it is a social experiment. Cute. So if Sam’s line of thinking is correct I have an idea. Anyone who would like to demonstrate how bad racism is should go into public and call a minority a racial slur because racism is terrible and we should do the racist action just to show how bad it is! Makes sense right?
Laci’s video is pretty hard to watch. She has managed to compile some of the most damning evidence of Sam’s previous assaults into some short clips and also has spotlighted two other YouTubers who are making scarily similar content:
Laci makes a good point when she states that there could be an entire genre of rape culture on YouTube. Sam is not alone in making these videos; hundreds of men are making deplorable content like his. The only difference is Sam has 2 million viewers while they have considerably less.
A new procedure rumored to being implemented by YouTube is to have channels banned after a certain number of flags are issued. This means Sam could be removed from YouTube once this is in effect. In my opinion, there should be no question: Sam should not have a channel on YouTube. His channel promotes sexual assault against women in MULTIPLE videos.
The most horrifying and disturbing video evidence comes from an anonymous young woman who is nineteen. Today she uploaded a video which has already amassed 25,000+ views detailing her encounter with Sam when he sodomized her against her will. I encourage all of you to watch it. It’s a riveting account and it needs to be heard.
In the description for the video she writes:
Inspired by the braveness of youtube.com/user/thisbedottie and youtube.com/user/LaciGreen. I’m not going to make other girls stand alone with their stories. I have spent the last two and a half months searching the internet for other girls who might have encountered Sam in the way I did. I’m asking you to come forward, even though it’s scary. We are not alone.
It is an extremely brave story to tell and also quite fitting that it was uploaded to YouTube. This will be the video that ends Sam if enough people see it.The girl deserves as much support as she can receive, specifically from these within the YouTube community.
With so many girls having come forward, I have to wonder just how many girls Sam has assaulted and raped. It also makes me incredibly queasy that many of these assaults could have happened at fan meet and greet conventions like the Digitour, Playlist Live and Vidcon. I think, more than anything, we need to revaluate the power-play structure experienced at events like these. Sam has always been incredibly accessible at these events–I’ve run into him multiple times–and it makes me sick that more than likely at least one girl at an event was probably enticed or had unwanted sexual advances made on her. Many of the girls at these events are young, impressionable and eager to be noticed by their favorite celebrity. There needs to be more caution exerted upon girls in this community about the inter-personal relationship between fan and celebrity. Girls should not feel that a celebrity is more important than them and should also not feel like they can’t say no to them. So many girls, like the anonymous victim, will not come forward because they too are scared of Sam Pepper, the celebrity. This is why conversations about rape and sexual assault MUST happen. There are millions of Sam Peppers in the world, in various shapes and forms.
But as for the internet, we created Sam Pepper and now we have the power to destroy him. He’s a waste of space, a piece of trash and should not have a platform to reach any more viewers. Spread this anonymous victim’s video like wildfire and finish him.