A MUM has been slammed as “disgusting” after she was accused of “exploiting” her crying son for YouTube likes.
Popular YouTuber, Jordan Cheyenne, recently shut down her channel and Instagram account following the backlash she received.
The California-based mum built up a following of half a million subscribers over the past eight years on her channel where she vlogs about her life as a single mum.
But a recent video has seen the mum “cancelled” by her followers, describing her actions as “extremely disturbing.”
The video in question was a vlog titled 'We are heartbroken' where Jordan and her son Christian explained how the family puppy had been diagnosed with parvovirus.
Also known as Parvo (CPV), Canine Parvovirus is a potentially fatal disease, but can be treated if caught early on.
What Jordan didn’t realise is that she failed to trim the end of her video before uploading it, exposing the moment she “exploits” her son on camera.
After finishing her piece to camera Jordan put her arm around Christian and told him to lean in and "act like you're crying," to which he replied, "Mum, I AM crying!"
She snaps “come closer!” at her son before telling him where to position his hands, and how to pose for the thumb nail.
Jordan's followers instantly called her out on her actions and she later deleted the video and re-uploaded it again without the ending.
Viewers, however, acted quickly and the original video started circulating on Twitter, leaving social media users appalled.
"I will NEVER understand showing your child breaking down on the internet," commented one person. "You're supposed to protect them. These kids that come from families who blog everything, get bullied at school all the time. Family channels shouldn't exist."
Another added, "I used to record my daughter's angry meltdown on my phone, for not getting her way, but anytime I come across them I delete them now because it just hurts my heart and makes me think, 'wtf did I even do that for?' I couldn't imagine posting them for the world to see."
"I am so thankful I was born when I was," chimed in another. "Like, I cherish my childhood photos and videos but I'm glad my entire childhood wasn't documented and broadcasted."
These kids that come from families who blog everything, get bullied at school all the time
Jordan later uploaded an apology video which Insider managed to capture before it was taken down.
In this new clip, Jordan admitted her "heart dropped" when she had watched the original video. She said that she was "immensely disappointed" in herself, and she "should never have done that."
"Today I want to let you know I'm so disgusted with myself for posing for a thumbnail on such an emotional video," Jordan said according to Insider.
"It made me take a step back and realise I need to just be way more present in the moment and not even be thinking about anything like this when things are happening in my life."
Instagram stories revealed a crying Jordan, "so disappointed" over her own actions, and she reported receiving death threats and private messages about her son that crossed the line.
As a result, Jordan shut down her YouTube channel and Instagram profile.
The Daily Dot reached out to Jordan for comment and she responded just yesterday with an explanation about why she had removed her profiles.
"It’s been done because nothing matters but the health and well-being of my child," she said.
"Getting completely offline, canceling all videos and monetization, and prioritizing my child are all I care about.
"I’m disgusted and horrified at what I did and there is absolutely no excuse. It’s terrible on so many levels. I love my child more than anything and will regret this moment forever.
"I will not be going on any interviews or doing any PR or spending hours commenting on people's videos about me, the right thing to do is get offline completely and prioritize family."
This story was originally published on Kidspot and has been republished here with permission.
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