Being a parent with Bipolar Disorder isn't easy under the best of circumstances; between your own emotional swings and various triggers, and your child/children's desire to just be kids, not understanding what their parent is dealing with, it can be enough to make you go hide in the closet and cry from frustration. You love your children with every fiber of your being, but some days you'd give your left lung for them to be able to understand why you just need a few hours of peace and quiet and following the rules.
Over the past weekend, many parents across the country got the news their children's schools were finally closing for an undisclosed period of time. The school my kids go to was one of them.
When Sarah was only 12 years old, she first came across the Onision YouTube channel. Jackson's videos pertaining to self harm and difficult teenage social situations connected with her emotionally, as she was having a rough time in her personal life and was struggling with depression, and she gravitated towards his content further. She was drawn by his ability to empathize and understand the plight of the modern teen, despite being old enough to have a teenage child of his own. This is a recurring pattern amongst many young people who became victims of Jackson and Avaroe.
Daniel Sulzbach, known on YouTube as Repzion, first came across Jackson's content in 2011, when a video Jackson had made of his former fiancee Shiloh having a trauma induced seizure. Instead of calling for an ambulance, Jackson saw this as an opportunity for his channel, his brand, and he whipped out one of his cameras and started recording this young woman's terrifying ordeal. Horrified by Jackson's actions, Sulzbach decided to make a response video calling Jackson out for lacking compassion and concern for the woman he proclaimed to love. From there, Sulzbach made a point of calling Jackson out for his problematic behavior.
Onision. For anyone who hasn't had the experience of coming across this over the top YouTuber's channel, the word sounds like an anime character. For those fairly familiar with Youtube, it conjures the image of a 34 year old man who yells on camera a lot and who got big in the early YouTube days because he was featured on Tosh.o in 2010. Those of us who've delved deep into the rabbit holes of the popular site however have learned a much darker narrative.
Incel, involuntarily celibate. Volcel, voluntarily celibate. MGTOW, Men Going Their Own Way. For almost 30 years these terms have been floating around, primarily on the internet, where individuals who identify as such can more easily connect. They throw out terms like 'Chad' and 'Stacy', frequently claim "feminism is a cancer", and can be found bemoaning their lack of sex life as if intercourse was a magic wand that could solve all their problems. The term Incel was brought from the depths of 4chan forums and obscure secret Facebook groups on April 23rd, 2018, when a man in Toronto, Ontario drove a rented van through the North Yorke City Centre business district, killing 10 people and injuring 16 more.