A popular TikTok trend of ‘Daddy Daughter’ POVs is gaining a lot of attention for offending victims of child abuse. We’re here to break down the trend and all the apologies coming from creators.
TikTok is a lot like Wattpad, that app where people published fanfiction ‘point of views’ that put the reader in relationships with their favorite celebs – except some of these TIkTok POVs are taking a dark turn.
The song Dissolve by Absofactor has been used to create ‘daddy daughter POVs’ TikTok. These are videos where the viewer is meant to be the TikTokers daughter walking into…questionable situations between their parents. These videos have been criticized for being ‘thirst traps’ or videos meant to be attractive to a female audience. Examples include a video where the ‘daughter’ walks in on her dad taking a shower and they talk about pranking their mom, and one where the viewer is the ‘mom’ watching the TIkToker seductively feed their child popsicles. The videos are put into playlists titled “TikToks that give me baby fever”.
The trend gets more explicit from here. A popular storyline has the viewer being the TikToker’s ‘daughter’ and they walk in on their ‘parents’ ‘wrestling’ or ‘watching a scary movie’ where the daughter asks to join. Some get even more R-rated, asking why mom was handcuffed oracting like a dog. One video that’s getting a ton of backlash has the ‘daughter’ walk in on their dad (the TikToker) having an affair with a coworker.
These videos started getting circulated on twitter and the TikTok For you Page. People immediately thought these were super creepy and may even violate the app’s terms of service for promoting child abuse.
One Twitter user shared the video saying “can y’all please go report him and other TikTokers under this sound this is truly disgusting and can bring back trauma to child sex abuse survivors”.
A lot of people replied to the videos saying they were offensive for putting children into sexual situations. Far too often children are sexually abused by family members in read life, and these viral videos seem to echo this trauma. Kids and sex should never be used as a ‘thirst trap’ or as a fantasy for adults on TikTok.
Survivors of child abuse have come forward and said these videos were triggering and reminded them of past trauma, and the creator of the song used in this trend has even come forward to ask people to stop this content. Absofactor posted a video calling the trend “weird and gross” and asked people to take over the song with more positive videos. A Change.org petition was even started to ban these videos using Absofactor’s song.
One of the main creators of this trend is @Goverboe, who has over one million followers. Garret posted a video apologizing for offending viewers and announcing all the videos had been taken down. Absofactor commented on this video, building bridges by saying “Thank you so much for taking them down Garret. I know your intention wasn’t to hurt anyone”.
Princexharvey is another TikToker who has deleted his POVS and said “I just wanna apologize for making these videos I didn’t mean for it to trigger people and I’ve taken down all my videos. I’m sorry”. @TheMasonHilton also apologized and removed his videos.
While Absofactor seems to have forgiven these TikTokers, there’s a question of if it’s really up to him to forgive and forget? Some argue the community of Child Abuse Survivors are the ones who really get to forgive these creators or continue to be offended by their actions. Obviously their trauma will take more than an apology TikTok to mend.
However, one of the biggest creators of Daddy Daughter POVs issued a complicated response to this backlash. @Itscarlchiasson originally tried to say he would not apologize or take them down. He said that there are worse things on the app to be offended by, and sexual content is nothing new. A youtube channel by the name ‘Swell Entertainment” made a response to this video, pointing out that sexual trends about consenting adults can’t be compared to videos meant to sexualize children.
Of course this trend is super uncomfortable and hard to watch, but do you think it should be taken down? Should the song be banned? Did these creators apologize enough? We want to hear from you!