February 26, 2024

Family vloggers respond to accusations of exploitation

  • TikTok duo Lilly Davis and her husband Paul have responded to criticism of their content.
  • They were accused of allowing their children to work while on vacation at Disney World.
  • They called the allegations “egregious” and said their children choose whether to appear in videos.

A TikTok duo have responded to allegations of child exploitation after a video criticizing their holiday show went viral.

Lilly Davis and her husband Paul, who have 171,000 followers on their TikTok account, dearanddarling, posted a video on Monday addressing allegations that they asked their six children to create 40 pieces of content while on vacation at Disney World.

“A very large TikTok account has created an outrageous video that has reached millions of people accusing us of making truly egregious and, more importantly, false claims,” Davis said. “And as a result, we are under attack from multiple angles.”

Davis said she hoped the backlash “blows over,” but reporters had contacted her so they “felt the need to respond.”

Davis responded to a video posted by KC Davis, a content creator on TikTok as well as an author and consultant, who has 1.6 million followers on her account.

KC said the couple had “exploited” their children because they showed a spreadsheet before their Disney World vacation that included various video ideas for the children to participate in.

KC’s video has now been removed, but in it she argued that family vlog channels should not be supported at all, according to MailOnline.

“She then used my face and my video as a perfect example of a family content creator who exploits her children and makes them perform, and she says I’m going to require our six children to make 40 videos during our Disney World vacation. ” ” Davis said.

Davis said this assumption “couldn’t be further from the truth,” and denied it was a family vlogging channel in the first place.

Davis said her husband “participates often” in their content, and the children join in “occasionally.”

She said that of the last 250 videos they posted, only 14 featured their children, aside from their eldest daughter Maggie who is in college.

“It’s not uncommon to get comments on our feed from a follower saying they’re shocked to hear we have children because they assumed we hadn’t based on our content,” Davis said.

Davis said that without her children in the videos, her content would be more or less the same. She said that as Disney fans, she and Paul take several trips a year to Disneyland, and often dress up as characters. They also review restaurants and hotels in the theme parks and bring the kids once a year.

“These trips are different,” she said. “We film a fraction of the time, maybe 15 to 20 minutes a day. The rest of our time is spent with family and our time together.”

She added: “Our children have chosen their level of involvement in our channel.”

The couple has six children, five of whom are teenagers, Davis said, and they can all “opt in and out whenever they want.”

She again denied the accusation that she planned to have the children create 40 videos, saying that creating content would only take up 15 to 20 minutes of their day if they chose to participate.

“Paul and I don’t even make 40 videos, even though we’re just full-time content creators,” Davis said. “We would never intend to undertake such an undertaking.”

She added that she knew some people were against the idea of ​​children appearing in videos at all, but she didn’t want to argue that point.

She said she had also been diagnosed with ADHD and lists helped her stay organized.

“It takes all my energy and brainpower to make these trips possible,” she said. “It doesn’t come easily to me, so the trips are full of spontaneity and chaos. The list of ideas you see in my video is actually Paul’s attempt to help me stay organized.”

Paul then said in the video that the experience was “surreal.” He said people had jumped to conclusions about their families, and he wanted to “move on from that.”

“It’s unbelievable how many people fall for the deliberate spread of disinformation and reach for their pitchforks,” he said. “It sickens me that the way I have chosen to help my wife is being used to cast her as the face of something truly despicable and the vile messages and comments she is receiving as a result are truly appalling.”

Davis ended the video by urging people to “get the facts” before “jumping on the bandwagon” of criticism.

“There are real people with real lives who are innocent on the other side of your hatred and threats,” she said. “Be careful who you follow, who you support, and who you willingly attack based on what one person claims to be.”

She also encouraged people to “be responsible” and have a “good knowledge” of what they were claiming before making a video, “because you may be harmfully wrong with the information you are spreading.”

KC deleted her original video, but posted a response to Davis and Paul’s TikTok on Monday night.

She said she had received “hundreds of comments” calling her evil, a bad mother, and accusing her of “spewing garbage.”

She stood by her first video and said it didn’t matter whether Davis and Paul considered themselves family vloggers or not.

“They decided to make a list of how they are going to film their children on a family vacation,” she said.

KC said the first nine videos she saw on their channel were about their children, including one about their son’s dental issues, so she felt “comfortable voicing the criticism.”

“I was responding to what they said in their video, which was, we don’t want our kids working on vacation, so we made a list of what we’re going to film every day,” KC said. “I responded to that in good faith.”

KC said she thought Davis said the list was “just ideas” and that mentioning her ADHD diagnosis was “convenient backtracking.”

“ADHD is not responsible for the decision to film your children for content during a family vacation,” she said. “Whether your kids are in 13 of your videos or 3,000 of your videos, deciding to make a list of how you’re going to film them for content on a family vacation is the perfect example of what happens behind the scenes when We see children as suitable fodder for content for influencer channels.”

KC clarified that she didn’t want any of her followers to go to Davis and Paul’s channel and cause them trouble, but she felt her criticism was “appropriate.”

“I understand that they’re probably good parents who love their children, and it’s probably very uncomfortable to look at the reality that that decision was exploitative,” she said.

Lily Davis and KC did not immediately respond to a Business Insider request for comment.

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