Warning: This post contains disturbing imagery and content
Update 7/27: A local news station in Chicago has now picked up this story, and the #ElsaGate hashtag has begun gaining steam online. Will public concern inspire an investigation into these YouTube channels?
Self-styled online investigators have discovered a number of bizarre, seemingly-related YouTube channels in which cheaply-made cartoons and live-action sketches bombard viewers with disturbing and depraved themes, calling into question the intentions of those responsible for the content. The live-action content features real children.
Co-opting popular characters and viral keywords like Minnie Mouse, Elsa from Frozen, and “superhero IRL,” the videos feature repeating themes and imagery including cheating and infidelity, pregnancy and abortion, simulated sex, injections, dungeon torture, injections, and even defacation and scat eating in their content. Collectively the channels have many millions of views, presumably from children, but adults who have discovered the channels have found their…
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