The Danger of Business Coming Before Safety

So you may have heard of the Austin Jones situation recently. If not it involves a youtuber by the name of Austin Jones who was recently found to have been contacting young girls in their early teens for videos of them twerking. There's obviously more to the story but because some of it is a little more graphic than I'm comfortable speaking about right now, I'll just leave it at that.

What I'm really posting this for is to point out that this is not the first time this has come to light. A few years ago another youtuber by the name of Damon Fizzy (Also known as D Fizzy) alerted managers and other authority figures while he was on tour with Jones as part of My Digital Escape. A now defunct group of alternative youtubers who performed under the guidance of interviewer Bryan Stars.

Well apparently Damon told both Bryan and the owner of Warped Tour about what was going on and how he'd seen Jones partake in inappropriate actions with some of the underage fans and was not only rebuffed but told that if he continued to push the issue he would be kicked off tour and be sued. Fearing legal action, Damon decided to back off the issue.

And that's basically what was weighing on my mind. At what point do we put down our desire for money and put the well being of people, namely minors first? I'm not saying this about Damon Fizzy, he was being bullied into silence. I'm speaking about the people in charge here.

This situation could've been solved years ago and instead they chose to put the profits first therefore allowing things to continue instead of looking into it and calling the authorities.

It just boils down to one big issue with society and that's the issue of profit over everything. Capitalism comes first always. It comes before health, it comes before happiness, it comes before environment. It jumps to the front of the line over and over again and I'm sick of it. If you can't put aside your need for money when it comes to the well being of others you don't deserve to be in a position of power in any capacity and I mean that wholeheartedly. Wholeheartedly.

For more information than I could stomach to speak of here's a link to a video by Phillip Defranco speaking about the situation in full.


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