Social media users are calling for YouTuber Kevin Samuels to be removed from both Instagram and YouTube. A viral petition has almost reached 10k signatures.
The petition states: “Removing this leader of hatred against women will bring reprieve for all of us.”
Who is the YouTuber?
Boasting over 1.06 million subscribers on YouTube, Kevin Samuels is a self-proclaimed “Image consultant and Lifestyle coach”, as per his YouTube page.
Samuels’ YouTube content follows similar titles, including ‘Why can’t Modern Women Handle the Truth?’ and ‘Are Modern Women Really Happy?’
Likewise, Samuels is active on the photo-sharing app Instagram, earning over 960k followers on the platform.
What is the Kevin Samuels petition?
A petition has surfaced online within the past few months, calling for the YouTuber to be removed from Instagram and YouTube, specifically. The petition has almost cleared 10k signatures, at the time of publishing, as it criticizes Samuels’ comments towards women, in particular.
The appeal reads:
“With the rise in violence against women, specifically African American women, YouTuber Kevin Samuels has galvanized a community of men of all races and nationalities in the outspoken hatred of women. Removing this voice of divisive vitriol will allow women to feel safer not only in public spaces, but in online communities as well.”
“Freedom of Speech is a Constitutional Right for each of us, however, when that speech is loaded with thoughts and threats of violence towards women, manipulation of young women and even fantasies of death to women, that freedom of speech becomes a prison for all people those thoughts and desires are intended to isolate.”
“Acts of violence, sexually predatory behavior and even death has been documented as stemming from rhetoric Mr. Samuels and his community of followers has spewed in just the last 12 months alone.”
“Women feel unsafe in the presence of men who identify with his ideology and have even been berated while going about their daily lives, (yes, even while at work), with criticisms that have been spoken directly from Mr. Samuels’ mouth. The very words that were spoken on social media platforms have permeated every facet of daily life for unsuspecting women.”
“Removing this leader of hatred against women will bring reprieve for all of us.”
Twitter reacts to viral appeal
It seems as though the petition has caused quite the divide on Twitter. In a mixed bag of opinions, some users are stamping the appeal as a ‘jump’.
One user tweeted: “I had to read the petition and I’ll say that it’s a f***ing reach. I don’t like Kevin Samuels but that petition was a f***ing jump.”
Another wrote: “That petition against Kevin Samuels only gon increase his notoriety LOL”
Likewise, somebody else took to Twitter to write: “Nah i agree with this petition. Ideologies like Kevin samuels is dangerous.”
“Folks are really making a petition to get Kevin Samuels off the internet. Miserable.”
“How yall really listen to Kevin Samuels every day, call in to his show, watch and share clips, but have the nerve to create a petition to have him removed like yall are not the ones giving him the ratings.”
What do you think to the ordeal?