YouTube Released A Video Trying To Humanize Refugees. The Comments Are Unreal.
Last year, 65.6 million people all over the world were forced to leave their homes. They left because of war. They left because of famine. They left because of natural disasters. They became refugees, stuck in camps or compelled to migrate - often in perilous conditions.
June 20 is World Refugee Day. In observance, YouTube partnered with the International Rescue Committee to produce a series of videos under the moniker #MoreThanARefugee.
One video in particular, which was linked in the YouTube banner, has provoked an incredible backlash.
Here's the video:
Here's the like/dislike ratio as of me writing this:
And here are the top comments.
It was tough to screenshot them because most are so hate-filled that they soon get deleted by YouTube, as the commenters themselves frequently lament.
Despite the fact that these comments are almost universally unpleasant, I think it's important to read them. This is how a lot of people apparently really feel, and they're more than happy to express themselves behind the veil of internet anonymity.
There you have it. I didn't really cherrypick these comments either. I didn't just ignore the supportive ones and copy-paste the offensive alt-right scribblings. This is an entirely representative sample. YouTube has spoken.
Now, is the YouTube comment section an accurate cross-section of society? Of course not. If it were, we all would have voted #RonPaul2012 and the libertarians would have outlawed traffic lights.
But here's the point. These people are out there. They vote. In the US, in the UK, in Europe. They may be a minority, but you can see how animated they are in their beliefs, how extreme and violent the rhetoric has become.
Personally, I don't think YouTube should delete their comments either. Let the world see them for who they are. We're going to have to face them sooner or later.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
Those of us who live in New York live this truth on a daily basis.
Sometimes, you just meet a person who isn't quite all there. It's hard to tell at first, but then you talk with them for a little while and it just becomes abundantly clear if they're two eggs short of an omelette.
The stories of how you find out are so interesting. But yet, they teach us to look for clues when we interact with others.