Erin - posted on 08/05/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )
So this girl the most well-known teen mummy vlogger on YouTube, and has just created a shitstorm by announcing her second 'unplanned' pregnancy. She is 19yo, has a 13mth old daughter, and is now pregnant with her second baby, to a second father, in less than two years, all before she hits 20!
She has copped a lot of flack for this. Some people are accusing her of TTCing (she is claiming she was on the Pill... the same Pill she fell pregnant on the first time). Some have accused her of using this pregnancy to generate more views and notoriety, and therefore more money. Many are labelling her as irresponsible. And then there are the hordes of teenage viewers who are congratulating her.
And therein lies my problem with it. I used to watch her, and actually was very impressed at one point with how she seemed to be handling new motherhood while being so young and a full-time student. But my issue with this is that she's putting herself out there as some beacon of hope for teenage mothers, and has positioned herself as a role model. Many of her viewers are pregnant teens or teen mums, or just teenagers in general.
This video of her telling her parents turned my stomach. Family support is one thing (she has only just moved out), but acting like it's a joke is quite another.
And apparently YouTube is listening. There have been rumours that they are going to remove partnerships which allow them to generate an income from their videos, depending on ratings and views) from teen mummy vloggers because they are concerned about the message it sends. They don't want to be associated with glamourising teen pregnancy.
So what do you think? Do you think teen mummy vloggers are a good thing? Are they supporting other young girls, or encouraging bad choices? And should YT withdraw their support and remove their partnerships?