Lea and Donovan discuss the topic of social morality insofar as it connects with people exposing potential abuses, specifically child abuse. In the conversation, they reference two ends of the spectrum, two situations Donovan deems particularly dynamically opposed to one another.
A few months ago, YouTuber and all around straight shooter, Philip DeFranco, covered a story about another YouTube channel called, DaddyOFive. The DaddyOFive YouTube channel was a prank style channel, specifically one in which the children typically take the brunt of the pranks. In several of the videos that Philip highlighted, there is apparently physical and mental abuse. Philip did what he thought was right by shining a spotlight on the channel. And the controversy blew up from there.
On the other side of the spectrum, there is a Facebook page called Blessed Little Homestead, owned and operated by a wife and a mother of ten children. She and her husband live a simplistic life with their children, children they home school. At some point, some nosy people took it upon themselves to report the parents to Children Protection Services because they thought the children weren’t being taken care of, that they were being abused in some form or fashion. Though CPS found no evidence of such and has cleared the family, their case is still in limbo as the family court system in their county won’t move on the case.
At what point, as a society, do we need to step in when we see perceived abuse? Or should everyone just mind their own business? Lea talks about how things seemed to start changing around 1995 when even in Fitzgerald, you could be turned in to the Department of Children and Family Services (DEFACS) for simply spanking your child in public. Donovan points out that based on the information and evidence that is available for the family of Blessed Little Homestead, they seem to live much like the Amish — and the Amish would never be treated the way the BLH family has been.
NOTE: Adult themes, language and situations.
Intro: Cockpit by Silent Partner
Outro: It’s All Happening by Huma-Hu
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