Evan Emory, now 21-years-old, was sentenced on Tuesday to 60 days in jail, two years probation, counseling, fines and 200 hours of community service for recording a YouTube video in which he appeared to sing a song about sex to a group of school kids. He didn’t actually sing dirty things to kids, of course, he just edited it to appear that way, something he pointed out with two disclaimers in the video, since deleted from the internet. Though he dodged a “manufacturing child pornography” charge through a plea deal, and therefore won’t have to register as a sex offender upon his release, Emory pleaded no contest to “unlawful posting of an Internet message with aggravating circumstances.” Old people do not understand anything.
In real life, Emory performed an innocent song for a group of elementary school students, then returned to the empty classroom to record a “dirty” song. He edited the footage together for comedic value.
According to Hypervocal, the lyrics of the missing video include lines like: “I like the way you make your body move. C’mon, girl…See how long it takes to make your panties mine…I’ll add some foreplay in just to make it fun. I want to stick my index finger in your anus.”
Even while acknowledging the circumstances of the case, Judge William C. Marietti scolded and punished Emory. “There seems to be a generational divide,” the judge admitted, “with younger folks basically saying, ‘What’s the big deal,?’ and folks more my inclination outraged.” In the words of a prosecutor, Emory’s “poor judgement left a wake of victims.”
In his defense, Emory’s attorney noted that his client has written somewhere near 50 other songs, none about children or sex in any way. “It was lewd, it was disgusting, it was perverted,” said one parent. Another added, “An innocence was taken, something we as parents try very hard to keep, something we hold sacred and dear was taken from the kids.”
For the record, the number one song on the iTunes charts at the moment features the lines: “Tell me what’s next/ Alien sex/ I’mma disrobe you/ then I’mma probe you.” If we were to guess, children are far more likely to have heard this song than anything ever recorded by Evan Emory, who is not currently on any charts.
[Hypervocal via Gizmodo]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 13, 2011