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Sophia (Youtube alias; soph, formerly LtCorbis) (2004–) is an American YouTuber with 970,000 subscribers as of May 20, 2019.[1] She has been criticised for videos promoting alt-right themes.[2] She claims her content is ironic, and meant as satirical commentary.[3] Despite this, she has been described as a gatekeeper for the online right, and accused of creating anti-Black, Islamophobic, sexist content.[2][3][4]

History[edit]

Sophia started on YouTube in 2015 when she was 11 years old. She cites PewDiePie as an influence for why she started making Youtube videos. When starting out, she made Call of DutyWikipedia's W.svg and Counter-StrikeWikipedia's W.svg gameplay commentary videos narrated in an expletive heavy style.[5] In her early content she aims abuse at the U.S. school system and "the cult of mums".[6] In 2017 her channel had 750,000 subscribers.[7]

In May 2019, Soph published a video "Be Not Afraid",[note 1] following this, Joseph Bernstein of BuzzFeed NewsWikipedia's W.svg wrote an article on Soph titled "You.Tube’s Newest Far-Right, Foul-Mouthed, Red-Pilling Star Is A 14-Year-Old Girl".[2] Reaction to this was mixed, with conservative commentators claiming it was a hit piece,[8] and others such as the Washington Examiner writing that it was right to highlight the radicalization of child Youtubers.[9]

YouTube removed several of Soph's videos and temporarily restricted her channel from uploading.[10] Despite this, her channel gained over 100,000 subscribers in 2 weeks as she gained popularity with the right wing fringe and appeared as a guest on Infowars.[10][11][12]

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Notes[edit]

  1. This video was deleted from YouTube.

References[edit]

  1. Youtube; Soph, May 14, 2019: Soph's Youtube channel. (archive snapshot)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Buzzfeed News; Joseph Bernstein, May 13, 2019: YouTube’s Newest Far-Right, Foul-Mouthed, Red-Pilling Star Is A 14-Year-Old Girl. (archive snapshot)
  3. 3.0 3.1 New Statesman; Eleanor Peake, April 26, 2019: The rise of the ironic teenage right. (archive snapshot)
  4. Daily Dot; Samira Sadeque, May 14, 2019: This 14-year-old's 'edgy' YouTube channel parrots the far-right. (archive snapshot)
  5. Daily Dot; Jay Hathaway, March 11, 2016: This sweary, savvy, 11-year-old gamer girl is the future of YouTube. (archive snapshot)
  6. Youtube; Soph, March 16, 2017: THE CULT OF MOMS. (archive snapshot)
  7. Daily Mail; Tanith Caray, November 28, 2017: From clips glamorising eating disorders to sinister videos masquerading as cartoons... Terrifying truth about what your child watches on YouTube. (archive snapshot)
  8. Twitter; Paul Joseph Watson, May 14, 2019: BuzzFeed has published a lengthy hit piece on a 14-year-old girl in an attempt to get her deplatformed. Yes, really. (archive snapshot)
  9. Washington Examiner; Tiana Lowe, May 16, 2019 : BuzzFeed was right to point out the radicalization of child YouTubers. (archive snapshot)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Bounding into Comics; Spencer Baculi, May 16, 2019: 14-Year Old YouTuber Soph Comes Under Fire for Videos Criticizing Social Justice and Woke Culture (archive snapshot)
  11. Infowars; The Alex Jones Show, May 15, 2019 : ALEX JONES INTERVIEWS 14-YEAR-OLD THOUGHT CRIMINAL SOPH. (archive snapshot)
  12. Human Events; Sofia Carbone, May 19, 2019: Buzzfeed Bashes 14-Yr-Old Trump Fan, Celebrates Kids in Drag. (archive snapshot)