A North Carolina man punishing his daughter for a Facebook rant — by shooting her computer — intended to send his video message to the 450 or so people on his daughter’s friend list. He hit that mark, then surpassed it by about 4 million more people.
Tommy Jordan posted an 8-minute video on YouTube earlier this week after finding a Facebook post in which his 15-year-old daughter aired complaints about her parents, the chores she has to do and other concerns, including the phrase “I’m not your slave.”
In the video (which contains some NSFW language), Jordan expresses his disappointment with his daughter, takes apart the Facebook post (which he found while upgrading her laptop) and then proceeds to empty a clip from his .45-caliber handgun into the computer. As of this post, the video had received more than 3.7 million views.
It’s also made Jordan an unwilling media star. His own Facebook wall has filled up with thousands of comments in the past few days, attracting a mix of praise and vitriol. He’s tried to channel the notoriety into raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and reports having raised more than $3,000 “post-viral.”
Jordan also responded to a reporter’s questions publicly, saying that he and his daughter came to a “semi-truce” after she found out what he did. “I had no idea it would become what it did,” he writes.
“She’s seen first-hand through this video the worst possible scenario that can happen. One post, made by her Dad, will probably follow him the rest of his life; just like those mean things she said on Facebook will stick with the people her words hurt for a long time to come,” Jordan adds. “Once you put it out there, you can’t take it back, so think carefully before you use the Internet to broadcast your thoughts and feelings.”
Jordan also says he and his family won’t try to extend their online fame. “We’re not going to go on your talk show, not going to call in to your radio show, and not going to be in your TV mini-series. … [T]here’s absolutely NO way I’m going to send my child the message that it’s OK to gain from something like this. It would send her a message that it’s OK to profit at the expense of someone else’s embarrassment or misfortune and that’s now how I was raised, nor how she has been raised.”
So what do you think, both of the video and how he’s handled the media blowup?