You’re Not Shadowbanned, Your Content Just Sucks

The amount of primarily Christian or conservatives, female influencers I’ve stumbled across claiming to be shadowbanned whilst posting mid to boring content exploiting their children as part of their “ministry” is hilarious.

It’s no grand secret, nor conspiracy theory, that Instagram is in kahoots with Tik Tok (and YouTube with their “shorts”) to nuke our attention spans by forcing Reels upon us all, and they have done so by rewarding influencers who post short videos, or Reels. The algorithm simply isn’t pushing pictures as much, which is unfortunate because if I wanted to view Tik Toks, I would literally go on Tik Tok. I am (obviously) not on Tik Tok, because I want to look at pictures. I’m going to bet the majority of people using Instagram agree – like what is with social media companies trying to be alike?

That said, again this isn’t being shadowbanned and it’s not some grand leftist conspiracy to silence Christian voices for sharing views roughly half the population of the USA shares with them. One could talk to almost anyone, secular or not, who’s job is to exploit their children, spouses, and livelihoods for money (in the name of Jesus, of course) any influencer, and they will all probably say the same thing. Unless one possesses an extremely engaged fanbase (which usually doesn’t apply to influencers since most people probably only casually follow them), pictures aren’t going to pull a ton of numbers.

But rest assured, I will keep the faith by both refusing to create Reels and also by only liking pictures on Instagram. I will even go the extra step of hiding as many Reels as possible from my explore page. I will continue reporting ads on my main feed as spam (though I know I do this in vain)

Stay strong, my brothers and sisters. Resist the devil Reels and hopefully they’ll disappear.

Brittany Dawn’s Dog and The Perils of Oversharing

I’ve blogged about how Brittany Dawn needs to be transparent in the past and I was gonna stop following her in general but alas, “[l]ike a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” Since various circumstances ruined my weekend fall hiking plans, I figured why not spend some time working on my blog no one reads (!)

Brittany Dawn’s dog, Brodie, sadly got hit by a car and died.

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TL;DR: Brittany and Jordan (her hubby) left their dogs outside in their (“fenced“) yard while they ran to the store and that little, fluffy, teddy bear of a dog got out which… I don’t think she’s faking any sadness here even if she is trying to capitalize off this incident. But this can’t be the first time their dog played Houdini with that fence, so why even take the chance of leaving them outside unattended at all?

That said, everyone is prone to stupidity at times, just it usually doesn’t result in anything bad, so this is excusable.

Anyway, they return to see Brodie in the middle of the street, Brittany rushes over to him, and he’s still breathing. She left a comment on a recent Instagram post, illuminating how she found him (almost decapitated…)

Having been a vet tech or whatever, she knew Brodie was a goner. So Jordan ushered her inside the house (to “protect” her), revved up a friend’s (?) truck, and shot the dog… without even consulting her…

What doesn’t add up is there was enough time for neighbors and whatnot to come out, friends to come over with a truck or whatever, which seems like more than enough time to rush to the vet. If Brodie was still breathing, maybe the wounds looked worst than they were and the dog could’ve been saved. But like, how was his first reaction to just shoot the dog? Not only did Jordan take her inside, get the gun, rev the truck, and then shoot the dog, this all seems to have happened pretty quickly, meaning he/she didn’t even consider another option?

Transparency aside, this is another Nikki Phillippi where Brittany literally didn’t need to share this with anyone. A post saying her dog had been hit and put down was sufficient. The Bible says, “[e]ven a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent.” Not sharing certain things online goes a long way in terms of keeping up a good, public image (course, when you only see dolla signs everywhere, your first thought is always going to be “how can I make money off this” but I digress. There’s a reason Jesus said the love of money is the root of all evil.)

Brittany Dawn has understandably gotten backlash yet, similar to Nikki, seems confused as to why netizens are upset. But it’s one thing to post about your pet dying, an entirely different thing to make a video 8.5 seconds later trying to profit off that death. Given her alleged history of animal neglect (leaving her horse in a stable for so long the stable owners had to call the vet and getting rid of another dog), it’s not a good look.

Brittany Dawn’s unwillingness to address legitimate concerns people have about her and Jordan’s behavior has caused netizens to pick apart everything she says or does. To combat this, she spends a lot of time deleting comments and deflecting any criticism as gossip or slander, yet this seems more concerned with “the appearance of Godliness but denying the power thereof”, and also exhausting. Why waste all this time and energy trying to keep up an image that isn’t even true? As Christians, we don’t have to pretend we’re perfect; God doesn’t expect us to be, and we will struggle with the same things everyone else struggles with. If you literally read the Bible, the early church was shady which is why Paul wrote all those letters. And this was right after Jesus died and these mfs had even seen Him and witnessed His miracles, yet were still acting up – and these weren’t even worldly people, these were believers. We ain’t gotta fake it, but we do need to be transparent about our shortcomings and repentant when we mess up.

Brittany Dawn has already been caught in several lies over the years, yet has displayed a stunning lack of humility or sincere remorse. In fact, her current lifestyle was obtained through lying and scamming people out of money. Proverbs 2:16 says, “[a] fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare” (NIV). CSB calls it “… a pursuit of death.” Harsh words. In fact, lying is one of the seven deadly sins and God calls a lying tongue “an abomination”. Proverbs 12:22 says, “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.” Imagine if the church treated liars with the same energy they treat abortion and homosexuality – wouldn’t be a single soul left lmao.

And yet, some of the harshest words in the Bible aren’t directed towards our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters, nor those who get abortions, but liars. You wouldn’t know that based on how the modern day American church acts though.

Brittany Dawn is long overdue for a video addressing what happened with the GoFundMe money for the homeless man she made a big deal of and then went radio silent about, why she accepted a large loan during the pandemic despite not having a small business, nor doing anything to prevent Covid (wearing masks, encouraging her large fanbase to do so, vaccinations, etc.), Jordan’s troubling allegations that he was fired for not only smashing a black man’s face in the ground and beating him, but laughing during it (and the subsequent lawsuit), her scamming and not refunding people, the list really goes on.

As Christians, we believe God has the power to change a person. That’s why we don’t need to be ashamed of our pasts. In fact, what an awesome testimony Brittany Dawn and Jordan could have if they just sat down, admitted they were trash in the past and probably still are at times, but God is working on them.

Sadly, given her history, she’ll probably continue to delete comments and post TikToks about how amazing sex is if you wait for marriage (lol). In a few months or whatever, the cycle will repeat and she’ll be in another scandal she thinks is a spiritual attack when really it’s just the consequences of her own actions.

It’s sort of ironic her retreat is called “She Lives Freed”. Indeed, John 8:32, when talking about the truth of the gospel says, “[t]hen you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Perhaps, this weekend Brittany Dawn should meditate on that scripture and remind herself that being honest is a lot more freeing, and feels a lot better, than trying to keep up with a host of different lies.

Nikki Phillippi, Dead Dogs & Oversharing

Nikki and Dan Phillippi killed their dog and folks are still big mad.

And now she’s back!

I’m 809 years late to this, but as I live and breathe for What I Eat In a Day videos I’ve always loosely followed Nikki. She got into some MLM scammy anti-vax nonsense and seemingly didn’t want to adopt a kid because they couldn’t profit from it on social media, but I honestly don’t care. I don’t even care about this but it seemed like a good opportunity to ramble nonsensically about why I find cancel culture ineffective in enacting any real change for the benefit of society.

Anyway, they killed Bowser, their dog, for biting their child (by Dan’s own admission the bite wasn’t bad…). They say euthanize, but eh. They’ve also had this dog for as long as they’ve been married.

The reaction to this news online was understandably not positive in part because the video is too long (much like my blog posts) and Nikki appears to be putting on a show for the camera – drinking coffee, making odd faces, constantly looking at her man. The video generally explained nothing in terms of what behavior made Bowser so threatening. People were ragging on Dan for his Old Yeller comment since it made no sense given Yeller was sick, but as someone with an extremely dark sense of humor, I can’t say I wouldn’t have said something similar. Nikki was dropped from all her sponsors and went social media dark for a couple of months.

Now, by their own admission, their child (who’s like 1) would pester Bowser when he slept/ate, take his food, and follow him around even when Bowser was clearly annoyed. It doesn’t sound as if they did anything to discourage this behavior, or separate them until the kid was old enough to stop (in her comeback video, she doesn’t address any of this, nor clarify anything other than to say what they originally said was true which, they said nothing of merit then either). They mention talking with multiple professionals, the Humane society – no one recommended more training or rehoming? This lack of training goes way back because they say Bowser was traumatized as a puppy and always had issues with aggression; yet during all that time before having a kid they didn’t bother dealing with those issues? (In her comeback video, she admits they downplayed how aggressive Bowser really was but doesn’t provide any further details).

Herein lies the perils of oversharing – she could’ve made a Instagram post saying, “hey guyz, sad newz but we had to put our dog, Bowser, down. Thoughts n’ Prayers ™ plz.” But that wouldn’t get clicks n’ views the same way a twenty-some minute video and pre-death photo shoot would.

In a way, it’s hard to feel sorry because she really dug her own grave.

The Graves of Those Who’ve Overshared Online

That said, I will forever be a proponent of giving people the chance to learn from their mistakes and return as better individuals, particularly if their offenses aren’t criminal. Cancel culture usually doesn’t even help victims as it takes away their power to enact justice the way they want, it doesn’t encourage people to change, nor does it benefit society other than people feeling momentarily justified because they’ve involved themselves in something that didn’t effect them. The resulting vitriol from cancel culture often outweighs whatever the initial muck-up was – like in what multiverse does threatening to kill someone’s child because they euthanized their dog seem justifiable?

Cancel culture isn’t consequences either as most consequences don’t come from a genuine place, but rather from harassing companies and individuals until they bend to their feelings. It’s rooted in a fear of corporations having too much power and the result is often performative activism, which is useless.

Some of these fears are justified. Considering how Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men were protected for years by Hollywood, it’s easy to see why people resort to public measures to draw attention to injustices. Social media can be a good tool to give minorities a voice against the powers that be, but often it’s used to disportionately punish individuals for mistakes, sometimes mistakes they’ve made years ago, indefinitely. Or during a time when those things were socially acceptable.

In the end, it does more harm than good. Those who are ostracized will simply find other platforms to voice themselves (or just elect another Donald Trump who doesn’t care). The end result is a more divided society with lines political parties weaponize to gain power, and keep us broke and fighting each other over social issues.

So does Nikki deserve a second chance?

Sort of. I generally find it concerning we’re becoming okay with cutting off people’s ability to support themselves financially because they do or say something offensive. It sets a bad precedent. Societies have always swung between conservative and liberal climates – do we really want to set a climate where doing something that’s not “in” causes you lose your ability to financially provide for yourself?

Second, from a Biblical perspective, Jesus says forgive like seventy times seventy times so particularly as Christians we should give second chances. Granted, forgiveness should also accompany repentance: a confession (acknowledgement of something wrong) and a change in behavior, sometimes reconciliation if possible. Too often Christians offer forgiveness without demanding repentance first.

The problem here though is that Bowser is dead and most of those attacking Nikki have no personal ties to him – so what is the goal of all this outrage? Will it bring Bowser back to life, or encourage the Phillippis to be better towards their pets in the future? No. There is no end-game here in which anything improves for any of the involved parties. It’s little more than a chance for people to feel morally superior because hey, you might send a child/family death threats, tell someone to kill themselves, threaten to call CPS on them to have their child taken away, and bully them out of a job, but you’d never hurt an animal, amirite?

Conversely, whatever regrets Nikki might’ve had over her decision to kill Bowser will only get washed away by the sense that the hate directed towards her is unfair. After all, in her mind what she did was justifiable given Bowser presented a threat to her child and they supposedly exhausted all other options. And the problem with that stems from one’s worldview, and people who don’t view the world the way she does simply won’t understand. If you don’t place animal lives on the same level as human lives, what difference will it make to Nikki – killing a dog for biting her kid, or killing a cow for meat – so long as it benefits her? Ultimately, the hate she’s getting won’t encourage her to see why her actions were wrong, but rather to seek out those who don’t think it’s a big deal for the sake of preserving her mental health. Any valid criticism that might cause her to consider killing your dog because he’s inconvenient to your current lifestyle and exploiting his death for views is awful only gets lost in the mire of unrelated hate, while those around her agree that it’s all unfair and she did what was best for her family.

So, TL;DR: yes, she deserves a second chance, conditionally. Ideally, Nikki and Dan realize they made a terrible mistake, delete the original video, apologize for trying to profit off Bowser’s murder, donate some money to local animal shelters while encouraging their fans to do the same, and then reflect on why they felt the need to share this in the first place. Won’t bring Bowser back, but it shows a willingness to take responsibility for making a really, really bad decision and then trying to make money from it. After a few months, they’d probably be able to return to YouTube and those who choose not to support them could do so, while those who’ll forgive can also do so.

Sadly, Nikki did come back with another video and simply dug herself 6 feet below by being overly vague about everything, promoting her Patreon account, and talking about not wanting to be cancelled because YouTube is her family’s primary source of income.

The love of money really is the root of all evil.