A cursing toddler video that has been making the rounds on the Web has had new details revealed this week that the baby’s mother, a 16-year-old girl who defends her son as a “smart little boy,” was not in the room at the time the disheartening footage was taken. The CS Monitor examines why these “funny” home videos of children saying strange or obscene things become so popular this Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, and how several family members from the video have since been taken into state custody.
The cursing toddler in the viral posting to Facebook has not been identified due to his young age, but this story in which the boy is being encouraged by a number of adults in his home in Omaha, Neb., to repeat swear words has made him the centerpiece in a national discussion. The disturbing clip above poses the question why the U.S. public is so drawn to cursing kid videos, and why, for example, the adults who took the video decided to film it at all?
While it is said now that the clip might have been nothing more than a prank from a friend while in her home, the 16-year-old mother of the toddler, an African-American boy wearing only a diaper, has gotten into some serious trouble because of it. She, her siblings, and her child have been taken out of the home. Of her baby, she told to CNN this week once the cursing toddler clip became an online hit:
“He's a smart little boy. All that cussing that he did, he doesn't do that. Somebody told him to do that. My son doesn't do that. I don't allow it."
Shortly afterward, the young mother added, "Everybody that thinks I'm a bad mother, I'm not. I'm a good mother to my son. I teach him a lot. He's very smart."
She noted that she was not in the room at the time that the cursing toddler debacle was taking place (but rather at some other location in the home), and would have put a stop to it had she been there. Now, however, both the toddler and his teenage mother, as well as the girl’s siblings (age 12 and 15), have all been put into the custody of the state of Neb. this week.
The video has since been titled “Thug Cycle” on Facebook and YouTube, and has led to serious commenting from thousands of viewers across the U.S. What are your thoughts on this cursing toddler, his 16-year-old mother’s statement, and the issue of allowing a child to repeat these negative words as part of a “thug” child upbringing?