With over 800 000 subscribers, YouTube family vloggers DaddyOFive had hit social media success, but at what cost?
The comedy channel has millions of views on YouTube and features two parents – Mike and Heather Martin, who pull pranks on their children – especially the youngest ones, Cody and Emma. At first, the pranks were original and funny but as time went on, watchers began noticing the kids always seemed as if they didn’t like what was being done to them.
Even after the parents told viewers the kids were in on the pranks and not harmed in any way, the kids still looked quite traumatised.
Eventually the Martins released an apology to their watchers before deleting the offensive videos. But this move came a little too late as Rose Hall, the biological mother of Cody and Emma, filed for sole custody of them.
She then released this video on YouTube with her lawyer to make the announcement that she’s “saved” the children from the abusive pair.
YouTube viewers were beside themselves with joy as they felt they’d contributed to the children getting away from the “cruel” DaddyOFive pair.
The man seated next to Rose Hall in the video is lawyer Tim Conlon and he and Rose thanked the YouTube community for their part in rescuing Cody and Emma from their unenviable situation. They revealed the children were doing well in a “de-programming sort of mode” since being taken out of the Martin household, saying “they’re getting back to their playful selves”.
It’s yet to be seen if the Martins will contest the ruling.
Here’s one of the videos from the DaddyOFive channel: