Police Intervene in Case of Anti-Gay YouTube Poster, 12
In the world of Internet blogs and commentary, there’s a wide field upon which the left, right, and center can mix it up, argue, and point up and hammer out their differences--sometimes with the use of fairly harsh language.
But recently, both left and right seem to have come to an agreement in the case of a 12-year-old boy identified as Christianu2uber who has, reportedly, variously described himself as gay, ex-gay, and Christian, and who has posted a series of YouTube videos in which he has voiced his opposition to marriage equality.
The consensus: Christianu2uber, also known as Scott, needed some form of intervention on his behalf, given the tone and tenor of his postings and other Internet communications, as well as the often rough-and-tumble comments that his postings have drawn from anonymous users.
In a series of 13 YouTube videos, as well as a number of Facebook entries, Christianu2uber has given voice to a range of opinions and claims about himself, including text that seems to indicate that he used to be gay but is now straight; however, reports say that Christianu2uber has also referred to himself as "Angry Homo Kid," posting a rebuff telling commentators to stop calling him gay.
Moreover, when another boy of similar age pirated and then parodied one of Christianu2uber’s videos, the response that Christianu2uber sent was one that, in this post-Columbine age, cannot be ignored or shrugged off: as one report had it, Christianu2uber wrote to the other boy with a threat that he would "go to his house and slit his throat."
Various right-wing religious sites have used the story of Christianu2uber’s video postings drawing harsh commentary, some of which seems, from the sheer extremity of its aggression, to be treating the videos with some form of rough jocularity; at least one viewer invited Christianu2uber to shoot himself in the head on camera.
While right-wing religious sites such as WorldNetDaily have used the story as grist for the "liberals versus Christians" mill, other Internet resources such as GLBT sites JoeMygod and Pam’s House Blend and, most notably, Focus have sought the intervention of the authorities, with some individuals attempting to contact site administrators to express concern and to encourage them to take down offensive material.
Focus publisher Lyndon Evans appealed to readers for help in identifying and directing authorities to Christianu2uber, or Scott, writing, "How many times have we heard about after the fact the warning signs were there on websites, Facebook, MySpace, where if people had taken the time, perhaps tragedy could have been prevented.
"Now I need your help," Evans added.
"If you know how the information in this posting can be sent to those who can do something, whether police, Facebook, YouTube or whoever, please send it along.
"I’m going to do what I can circulating this posting around where folks can read it," Evans continued.
"Please, contact whoever you feel can help this young man, even if it ends up being there was nothing to worry about and this was just an ’over reactionary middle age boomer with no kids’."
Following a detailed rundown of the story, Evans responded to comments made at that Focus that criticized Evans himself for his article.
Read the response, "Now it’s up to law enforcement and computer forensics to sort it all out.
"In the meantime, we still have a child being harassed, you need to contact YouTube/Goggle and Facebook to put an end to it."