Gay Teen Sues Mohawk School District!

Starting today, I think I’m gonna jump on the bandwagon as far as doing some Throwback Thursday posts on the blog. And what I plan to do is to post some videos from early in my YouTube career that I did not initially post to the blog when I first uploaded the video to YouTube. It’s an opportunity for newcomers to see my earlier work and might offer some nostalgia to longtime viewers as well.

For my first Throwback Thursday video, I am posting the first of two surviving videos from when I first attempted to do news videos back in 2009. It was to be a news segment that I called “The Black Cat Weekly” where I told the news basically like normal Internet people tell it: Report the news then follow it up with snarky remarks. I had done five videos in all but unfortunately my venture into news proved to be unpopular and I took down all except for two videos.

Among some of the stories I talked about in the video included a Tunisian woman made an outrageous claim that she was pregnant with twelve kids just to get on television that was ultimately proven to be a hoax as well as a piece on the Pan Am Flight 103 bomber being released from prison on account of the fact that he was dying and so on.

But the one story that actually ended up becoming the main story of the video was a local story I did on a gay teen who sued Mohawk School District (it has since merged with the Ilion School District) because the faculty there did not do enough to protect him from bullies. In the wake of the story, my video got circulated and there were other videos made about this topic. I even got a comment from the kid thanking me for getting his story out. I originally did the story simply because it was news and gay rights is a pretty important topic these days. But when you get comments like that, it makes you realize that you made a difference. And that’s a good thing. He won his suit against Mohawk and changed schools.

So anyway, hope you enjoy the video and next Thursday I will be posting the other surviving Black Cat Weekly video.

In the meantime the links to the stories I used are here:

12-kid pregnancy hoax:

  • http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/08/19/Womans-tale-of-carrying-12-babies-a-hoax/UPI-63811250703129/

 

Gay teen sues Mohawk School District:

  • http://www.uticaod.com/breaking/x1886172198/NYCLU-files-lawsuit-against-Mohawk-Schools

 

Pan Am Flight 103 Bomber Released:

  • http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2009/08/lockerbie_bomber_to_be_release.html

 

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Calling Mr. Safety

In a reedited video I originally did for YouTube in 2008, I decided to make a telephone call to YouTube star Cory “Mr. Safety” Williams, best known for making the “Mean Kitty” videos and whom I have cited as the man who influenced my YouTube career. This video was part of an interactive phone game video he put forth back in late 2008, but this version was one that I redid last summer.

My main motivation behind reediting the Mr. Safety video was mostly due to the fact that Cory was getting married at the time and I wanted to make a video to commemorate the occasion. However, the only answer that I could come up with was to do an extended cut of a video that I did before. I was planning to do an extended cut anyway for a DVD collection I was working on at the time so it all worked out.

Among the extended scenes that I added included scenes of Cory going crazy and blaming it on his ADD. Also included is an exchange about haters and features a cameo appearance by Old Blue, a cat we had over the summer but now is long since gone. That scene was perhaps one of the most random moments in the video, especially since Cory is best known as “the guy with the cat.”