People often say the worship of money is a sin, but the search for fame just might be a close second. Take the case of YouTube’s DaddyOFive channel. Mike Martin and his wife Heather, created the channel where they prank their kids to get their reactions. The Martin’s claim nearly every video is staged. I viewed nearly all of them and if these videos are staged these kids need Oscars.
Some of the scenarios in the videos include condoning violence between their children, destruction of personal property and emotional abuse. The DaddyOFive channel gained a following of over 700K subscribers. Take a look at the video that caused these parents to be formally investigated by CPS.
The age of social media has allowed the average person a chance at quasi-fame with only a camera and a computer. The Martin’s say the quest for fame became addictive, and as they attracted more subscribers they upped the ante. The more viewers and subscribers the channel got the more companies wanted to advertise on the DaddyOFive channel, and this is how the Martin’s made money. What started out to be friendly family videos quickly became abusive and viewers began to complain to Child Protective Services.
Fame is more addictive than money, but just like money it will cause a person to say and do things they wouldn’t do in normal circumstances. Managing fame requires a person to understand that fame is fleeting and it isn’t worth sacrificing your character and or your family.