YouTube censored a song criticizing Dr. Anthony Fauci and calling him out for his lies about COVID-19, his desire for public attention, and the cruel experiments his agency authorized.
The song titled “Sad Little Man” describes Fauci’s terrible track record on COVID-19 and mocks him for purposefully misleading the American people.
Sad little man sitting deep in a lie
He’s dead in his soul but he’ll keep you alive
Do what he says, not what he do
‘Cause the truth is for him and the lie is for you
Other verses talk about the tendency for some people to “worship” Fauci and treat him like God despite his track record of flip-flopping and downplaying the science to fit his narrative.
Sad little man but he’s treated like a God
As the faithless pray to a fake and a fraud
Worship the man, pledge to his word
One shot, two shot, now you get a third
Sad little man, sad little man
You better run now while you know you can
Sad little man, sad little man
You don’t fool me, you sad little man
The song, accompanied by cartoon animations of Fauci in clown shoes, a crown, and at one point, even drawn-on devil horns, also alludes to the cruel experiments on beagles that Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funded and facilitated.
Sad little man gonna trap you like a dog
Put your head in a net while they eat you raw
Don’t ask why, just comply
‘Cause fear is the drug that the doc prescribed
The song doesn’t explicitly mention COVID-19 directly or any specific medical terminology but YouTube demonetized it for “containing medical misinformation.”
“Sorry for any confusion — the video is ineligible for full monetization due to the content (which includes metadata) containing Medical Misinformation. Medical Misinfo is a policy that’s part of Dangerous and Harmful acts. Hope this helps clarify!” @TeamYoutube tweeted last week.
Sorry for any confusion — the video is ineligible for full monetization due to the content (which includes metadata) containing Medical Misinformation. Medical Misinfo is a policy that's part of Dangerous and Harmful acts. Hope this helps clarify! https://t.co/bzzFEFJXZM.
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) November 24, 2021
Songwriter and Five Times August member Brad Skistimas told The Federalist in an email that YouTube has targeted his videos before but “Sad Little Man” was completely removed shortly after radio host Glenn Beck gave it a shoutout on his show and the song’s ratings began to skyrocket.
“Just as the video was reaching peak traffic I started receiving user comments about how difficult the video was to find and that it was not appearing in search results. … It wasn’t until I called YouTube out publicly on Twitter did the original upload magically appear back in search results but Google/YouTube never explained or gave reason to any of this and who knows how many views and potential subscribers I lost due to this,” he explained.
While YouTube eventually reinstated the music video, Skistimas said that the Google-owned company “handicapped” the song so that he can’t make any money off of advertisements.
“I won’t be making much, if any, off of monetization through ads, which is a substantial source for content creators on the platform,” Skistimas said. “The first several days the video was accepted with full monetization, then after a manual review they marked it for limited ads due to ‘medical misinformation’ – which if you watch the video – can see there’s no way to clearly define what that misinformation is.
Skistimas said he reached out to YouTube multiple times demanding specifics but was met with non-answers and accusations that the song promotes “harmful or dangerous acts.”
“My other questions to them have included who made this decision on their team? What are their medical credentials to justify this as medical misinformation? Misinformation pertaining to what medical topic? They’ve been unwilling to answer, of course,” Skistimas said.
It doesn’t @TeamYouTube . I have asked your team via email several times what specific medical misinformation is in my video and nobody will specify. This is clear discrimination and suppression against art and your content creators. Explain yourselves https://t.co/0H43TcEbJk pic.twitter.com/R4lOVmC4V3
— Five Times August (@FiveTimesAugust) November 24, 2021
YouTube appears to be using its censorship to protect Fauci who, over the weekend, denounced the senators who have called for his prosecution and referred to himself as representing science.
“They’re really criticizing science because I represent science. That’s dangerous,” Fauci said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”
Lawmakers like Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have called for Dr. Fauci to step down and be prosecuted over the course of COVID-19. Fauci scoffs at such threats, calling it "noise."
"They're really criticizing science because I represent science. That's dangerous." pic.twitter.com/zLzceD2DHe
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) November 28, 2021
If Fauci was to ever hear my song “Sad Little Man” and criticize it I would respond back with “you’re not really criticizing the song, you’re criticizing all music, because I represent music.” 😂 pic.twitter.com/sLBK55umux
— Five Times August (@FiveTimesAugust) November 29, 2021
YouTube did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s request for comment. The Big Tech platform has previously censored politicians such as Sen. Rand Paul for disagreeing with government guidance on COVID-19 and has now dipped its toes into censoring art and music.