Hiya everyone. Just before I get into this post, I thought I’d mention that I recently started a Youtube channel! I upload every Sunday (and maybe have some surprise videos as and when) so chances are, you’ve missed a cheeky upload! Please go and subscribe and show me love because it’s scary business!
I’m sure you guys are probably aware of the Chris Ingham drama going on right about now but let me briefly sum it up. Chris Ingham, a man who has a wife and kids, has a family youtube channel. He went on holiday and so did this sixteen year old girls family who were huge fans. Chris began being really creepy and kept telling her to meet him in the middle of the night etc etc. All disgusting behaviour but if you wanna read the ENTIRE story here’s the link to her Twitter. There’s a whole thread of stuff in this link where she has a lotta lotta proof to back her story.
Any who, I’m not going to say I’ve been a lifelong fan of the Ingham Family because I wasn’t. At all. I think they came to light for me one Christmas where they vlogged the etnreity of the presents they got their three children and I didn’t subscribe or anything because they personally seemed like they tried to hard to be relatable and funny and a cute lil family. But, I have been huge huge fans of other people who turned out to have allegations in relation to pursuing under sixteen year old children. EG: Veeoneeye but let’s not talk about him.
A LOT of individuals on Youtube are abusing their fame for the worst possible things. Using their fame to have access to minors or to form “groupies” and abuse their trust too. It’s kinda similar to people within the music industry. A lot of artists have been exposed to have abused their fame and power over younger people to get what they want sexually. I just don’t see why people don’t see it as a problem.
It happens a lot in the film/television industry too. Celebrities who we all trusted and adored, being shortly exposed as pedophiles, sexual abusers or rapists. It’s truly shocking. I mean, look at the likes of Woody Allen and Jimmy Saville, who were both household names for many families and well and truly used their fame for the worst things imaginably.
I think such a huge issue is the trust we have for those people. Those people assume that they can get away with their wrong doings because they have a fanbase and have a ton of people who will fall arse over tit again and again for them – to protect them. Those fans and viewers support them in everything they do. After all, those youtubers do put their ENTIRE life on the internet so we can 100% trust them, right?
They don’t put their entire life on the internet. One thing (and probably the only thing) that I agree with that Alfie Deyes has ever said is that content creators pick and choose what they want people to see of their life. After all, you are only seeing ten maybe twenty minutes of a twenty-four hour day. That’s nothing. For example, Alfie and Zoe could both film a very personal argument that they have and both could edit their own footage AND both edits would have very different outcomes. Alfie isn’t going to what himself to be portrayed in a negative light and vice versa for Zoe. I really don’t know why I’m talking about these guys right now because this post is definitely not about them.
Like I was originally saying, it’s well easy and nice to say that you know a youtuber due to the content that they put out but you truly don’t. We only know what they want us to know. This is automatically me saying that the father of this family is 10000% a child predator because he may very well not be but I’m not the one who knows who is innocent and who is guilty. Although, from what evidence we’ve seen so far, it doesn’t look great for Chris and the fact that they uploaded a vlog with absolutely no mention of the allegation doesn’t really argue that he is innocent. Surely, there should be a priority of content that would help you and prove you to be innocent over content that is a very clearly not stated collaboration. But that’s another story for another day.
Just because you love someone or something, doesn’t automatically make it okay or innocent. Just because you’re an Ingham Family fan, doesn’t mean that Chris is an absolute angel who can do no wrong. Again, absolutely no one knows him so we can’t say he is innocent. All we have is the evidence given to us by the lovely girl who is very sadly involved in a horrible, disgusting situation. And I hope her the very best in getting justice if she needs it.
The moral of the story is that we don’t know who is capable of anything. No one thinks the people we love the most are capable of the most soul destroying things ever. I get that people may be fans of this family (or any individual who has had allegations or convictions about them) but that doesn’t excuse what they did. You’re allowed to be upset. I know I’d be upset if someone I was such a huge fan of had something like this (or anything else immoral) come out about them. I would be heartbroken..
There’s nothing wrong with having an idol or someone that you look up. That’s a beautiful thing.
But please don’t excuse your sadness and inability to give up supporting a person such as Chris Ingham as invalidating a potential victim who has gone through some pretty horrible shit.