Where should content creators draw the line when it comes to featuring deeply personal events such as a child’s death?
Users on Reddit expressed their ire towards a content creator they accused of milking his own child’s death after he posted a video showing him crying over his baby’s grave, who apparently died of unclear causes in 2019.
Video gaming content creator Awit G posted the video, which was captioned with, “PATAWARIN [MO AKO] ANAK PATAWARIN NIYO AKO” (Forgive me, my child, forgive me, everyone).
The video then abruptly cuts to the creator inviting users to download Aurora Games, an online gambling app.
While the original video on Awit G’s page has since been taken down, a copy of the video was posted to Reddit on r/Philippines, where users did not take kindly to what they thought was an insensitive and tone-deaf video.
“There’s a special place in hell for these kinds of people,” one said.
“It’s totally messed up. I have a kid and I can’t imagine how incredibly painful it is to lose one. I’m thinking this is a messed-up way of coping with grief,” another user wrote.
“What’s worse is that his kid apparently died in 2019. This trashiness is beyond comprehension,” another expressed.
A day after taking down the questionable video, Awit G took to social media to explain his side, saying the video was posted by his editor, who also handles his online accounts.
The creator also said that he has been in a depressive mood since the backlash.