A YouTuber took her channel off after being caught forcing her nine-year-old son to cry over a video thumbnail. California blogger Jordan Cheyenne shared a video on her YouTube channel last week in which she was heard telling her son to “act like you’re crying.” According to Daily Dot, the video, titled “We’re Heartbroken,” was posted after the YouTuber discovered that a puppy she recently adopted was diagnosed with parvovirus, a viral infection that can be fatal in unvaccinated dogs.
“Act like you’re crying,” her son Christian Ms. Cheyenne was heard saying as they sat in a car.
“I’m crying,” replied the nine-year-old, visibly upset.
The YouTuber then gave his son a series of “video” instructions, asking him to look at his face, look at the camera, put his hand to his face and more. The video was posted to YouTube on Wednesday, presumably because Ms Cheyenne forgot to edit the footage before sharing it with the world.
Jordan Cheyenne boasted of over half a million subscribers on her YouTube channel, which she has now turned off. A report from Social Blade, a social media analytics site, shows that she lost over 1,000 subscribers the day she posted the video.
While the original video was taken down shortly after backlash started pouring in, it has since been reposted online. The video racked up over 1.7 million views on Twitter, where many called it “disgusting.”
it’s so disturbing what’s wrong with omfg vloggers moms pic.twitter.com/krUjM5Sfit
– she drinks ♿︎ 24 (@artangeIII) September 8, 2021
According to Insider, Ms Cheyenne apologized for forcing her son to pose while crying before turning off his channel. “It’s so bad. I never should have done this,” she said in the video. “Today I want to let you know that I am so disgusted with myself for posing for a thumbnail on such a moving video,” she continued.
The YouTuber confirmed to Insider in a statement that she will no longer feature her son in her videos.
“I would like to say that I am deeply upset and horrified of myself to have even gotten to this point, prioritizing my son’s sanity should have been the first thing I think about and I can’t say how disappointed I am with myself, ”she said.
She added that she would “be off the internet for a while.”
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