There was a glorious time in American history when the schoolyard scrap was a common occurrence, with the parties involved punished by a few hours in detention or perhaps a day or two in ISS. Those days are over with.
Now, if you get into a playground rumble, the cops are called, and the participants are dragged away in cuffs. Sigh. Another time-honored American tradition goes away thanks to the Nanny State.
But thanks to YouTube, the spirit of the school yard scrap lives on. And, if Cindy Hsu of CBS 2 in New York is to be believed, a new era of girl-on-girl stare downs, shoves, and hair pulling has dawned thanks to the video site. Watch out, moms and dads, your daughter could be YouTube’s next victim.
The fight popped up on YouTube more than a week ago. Days later, in Lowell, Mass., local authorities discovered similar videos online and said local educators report about 80 percent of school fights are now girl against girl.
Some experts believe the trend is partly fueled by the Internet.
CBS 2 HD met with members of the cyber safety group ‘Teenangels’ at The Ursuline School in New Rochelle.
“People want attention from it. They want to be on the Internet. They want to be famous and they’re willing to go to any cost to do that,” said Teenangel Angelina.
We plugged in “girl fight” on YouTube and 267,000 videos popped up. Under them you’ll find pages of comments from viewers all over the world.
Two-hundred, sixty-seven thousand videos? Wow. What a nice round number. Hmm.
I wonder if Ms. Hsu actually took the time to make sure that all 267,000 of those videos really were honest to god girl fights and not, say, staged hot girl on girl action or let’s say a music video or a clip from an Italian reality show or an Afterschool Special-style short film or a clip from UFC or self-help instructional videos or a feature on female boxers or, even, a report on the growing number of girl fight videos on YouTube.
I’m guessing she didn’t.