Wednesday, June 27, 2012

When a Video Goes Viral - Epilogue


Two weeks have passed and I regret that I ever uploaded the video to my YouTube account. We are no longer responding to media requests to use it and, despite multiple offers, my son and daughter-in-law have decided not to sell the rights to the video -- I decision I totally agree with.

The knee-jerk reaction against zoos could have been predicted, I suppose, but the pure vitriol of so many of the comments posted on YouTube and other websites caught us totally off-guard -- some even wishing the chimp would break through the glass and tear the baby apart. My daughter-in-law asked me to take the video down and I did, then my son asked me to put it back up and I did, with moderated comments.

But I'm tired of being the gatekeeper; it's adding stress to my life that I just don't need. I wish my son would transfer the video from my account to his own, if he still wants it to be public. I'm feeling a little bit traumatized, to be honest, and I just want my quiet, uneventful life back.

The moral of the story is: when your video goes viral, it's not necessarily a good thing.

2 comments:

Sarah said...

Hi, Sandra! Wow, that's crazy about your zoo video!! Hope things settle down soon!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today...I just went and checked out the link you posted to Pioneer Woman's post about her children's book...it is awesome! Thank you so much, I loved reading about how the two of them worked together and seeing Diane's sketches and how that translated to finished pages (love her work - she has a great style!!). This will be such a good resource for us, thank you again!!!

The Don Q said...

Hi, Sandra. I understand how overwhelmed you are. Anyone would be easily inundated with absurd comments and sideways requests for interviews, especially with such a wonderful video. I, like everyone else, also thought your video was excellent. I simply wanted to play it on my new show "Marie"; but now I'm afraid to ask.

Hopefully one day, if you'll allow it, I can share your video with our friends, too. That's okay if you never do. I simply would love your permission to play a few seconds of your clip on my tv show. I'm not looking for ownership or other strange requests. If you'll allow it, when you allow it, please let me know. dquintana47@hotmail.com

I appreciate your fortitude and your consideration.