Saturday, 29 October 2016

Dying To Be Thin: Thousands Petition Youtube To Ban Anorexic Vlogger


 
A vlogger is playing defense after a petition claimed her “serious underweight condition” could influence young girls — and called for a YouTube ban until she seeks help.

Eugenia Cooney insisted she had never encouraged or told people to look like her after a Change.org petition called "Temporarily Ban Eugenia Cooney off of YouTube" garnered more than 18,000 signatures.

"I’m really sorry to the people who want me banned off of YouTube, I’m really not trying to do anything wrong,” she tweeted Thursday. “I just don’t really think it’s right to try to get people banned off of YouTube unless they've done something really bad."

The petition, addressed earlier this month to YouTube and its parent company, Google, seemed to have been taken down by late Friday afternoon.

Eugenia Cooney has been labeled “underweight” and “anorexic” by many on the internet. (Eugenia Cooney/youtube)

Though the petitioner claimed the intention wasn't to “dismay her, insult her, (or) belittle her,” she argued that Cooney’s thin appearance, which she often showcases in skimpy outfits, set an unhealthy example.

“She may not be intentionally influencing her viewers, but showing more than 50% of her body in her videos and pictures are not helping girls with Anorexia or any eating disorder,” wrote organizer Lynn Cloud.

Cooney, whose fashion and makeup videos have accrued almost 900,000 subscribers on the platform, had already become the subject of critical videos titled "Eugenia Cooney The YouTuber Slowly Killing Herself," "Eugenia Cooney is Anorexic" and "EUGENIA COONEY DIED."

The YouTuber does not appear to have publicly declared she’s underweight or suffers from an eating disorder. But many who signed the petition had already drawn their own conclusions.

One commenter on the petition wrote:

"My little cousin lost 17lbs because she wanted to look like Eugenia. She is now receiving care. She’s only 12 years old."

Cooney has almost 900,000 YouTube subscribers.

Cooney, for her part, assured fans she was "fine" and addressed negative commenters in an emotional video uploaded two weeks ago.

"I know a lot of you guys seem to think I’m a really bad person, but I would seriously never try to upset or hurt anyone,” she said. “I have never told anyone to try to lose weight or to try to change the way they look or to look like me."





Source: DailyNews

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