Over the last week, DeportRacism.com has made waves. First, they released a video of a group of children – all middle-school aged and younger – delivering an expletive-laden message to presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Then, they offered a $5,000 prize to anyone who heckled Trump during his highly criticized Saturday Night Live hosting gig on November 7.
It didn’t quite work out as we hoped, with someone actually disrupting the show. But for DeportRacism.com, even a scripted moment that ended with Trump being called a racist by Larry David was a victory. As such, they plan to follow through and pay David the $5,000. (They plan to contact him today to make it happen.) “Larry David, in calling Trump a racist live on the show, brought massive amounts of media attention to the issue that Trump is attacking Latino children who are born in the U.S. and are citizens and calling them ‘anchor babies’ with threats of tearing up the constitution and stripping them of their citizenship and rights as Americans and deporting them just because their parent are Latino immigrants,” said Luke Montgomery, an activist with DeportRacism.com, who is also behind another viral hit, Potty-Mouthed Princesses.
The video of children calling out Trump echoes Montgomery’s message that children of immigrants born in the United States are American and they deserve respect. But the video does this in a much more direct way, which left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths. Some have accused their parents of being irresponsible for allowing their children to participate, and host of other accusations. Meanwhile, some have questioned Montgomery’s motives. (The video has been tied to the Bill for First Lady 2016 PAC).
For his part, Montgomery said that what he has seen isn’t so much “backlash,” as it is a “flood of racist hate against Latino kids who are speaking out.” Those with the racist views have always existed, but the video, he said, gave them an opportunity to spread their vitriol.
One of the criticisms of the video is that the children are too young to be dropping f-bombs, but it probably would have lost its impact if it were just children reaching out to Trump. “DeportRacism.com 100 percent stands by these kids and their families who took on Donald Trump using a bad word for a good cause,” he said. “We loved how they spoke out and got the message out there. These articulate and adorable kids told Trump that you can’t win the White House with racist attacks on brown people.”
The Potty-Mouthed Princesses video has young girls explain what’s more fucked up than their use of the word fuck, such as the pay gap and the fact that society wants to define women by their looks instead of their abilities. This was also slammed by people because of the strong language. “Whenever you speak out against racism, sexism, or homophobia, people who are racist, sexist, or homophobic are going to try to slam you back down for speaking the truth.”