Popular YouTuber labelled right-wing conspiracy theorist for defending and supporting the message in Sound of Freedom.
In the midst of a storm of controversy, popular YouTuber Charlies Christopher White Jr, better known as Penguinz0 or Cr1TiKaL, has stepped forward to advocate for Angel Studios’ latest film, Sound of Freedom. The film, which tackles the harrowing issue of child trafficking, has been met with accusations of promoting right-wing propaganda. However, White’s recent video commentary offers a different perspective, urging viewers to separate the film’s message from the personal beliefs of its creators and actors.
White expressed his confusion over the controversy, stating, “I am really confused on this whole situation. I haven’t seen the movie but I’ve seen a lot of discourse about it on Twitter.” He noted that the film’s main actor, Jim Caviezel, has been accused of being a QAnon conspiracy supporter. However, White argued that an actor’s personal beliefs should not necessarily reflect on the films they participate in.
Drawing a parallel, White pointed out that Tom Cruise is a known Scientologist, but not every film he makes is considered Scientologist propaganda. He stated, “Tom Cruise is a Scientologist. It doesn’t mean every movie he’s in is Scientology propaganda.” He also highlighted the fact that there are many individuals in Hollywood with questionable backgrounds, but not every film produced in Hollywood is propaganda for those individuals’ beliefs or actions.
White emphasized that the film’s central issue, child trafficking, is a universally condemned crime. He argued that everyone should unite against this issue, regardless of their political beliefs. “Child trafficking is one of the few things in the world that everyone unanimously agrees from every single side is a bad thing,” White said.
Despite skepticism from some viewers about the film’s “based on a true story” claim, White noted that Tim Ballard, the person on whom the movie is based, has given the film his blessing. Ballard has often discussed his experiences rescuing trafficked children in interviews and has documented his missions on Operation Underground Railroad’s YouTube channel.
White also addressed the criticism that the film over-inflates the statistical realities of child sex trafficking, stating, “So it’s controversial because it exaggerated the statistical reality of child sex trafficking… like movies do.” He argued that the film’s portrayal of the issue, even if exaggerated, does not detract from the importance of the message it conveys.
In his video, White also suggested that the controversy might be a calculated marketing strategy to draw attention to the film. “The more I read about this, the more I believe this is actually all a calculated marketing play for the movie,” he said.
White’s defense of Sound of Freedom underscores the importance of focusing on the core message of a film, rather than getting caught up in the personal beliefs of its creators or actors. His commentary encourages viewers to approach the film with an open mind and to consider the importance of its central theme – the fight against child trafficking.
An Actual True Story.
Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) is a non-profit organization that has been leading the fight against child sex trafficking and sexual exploitation around the globe. Founded by Tim Ballard, a former U.S. government agent, the organization is dedicated to rescuing children from global sex traffickers.
Ballard’s story is the inspiration behind Sound of Freedom. He quit his job in order to devote his life to rescuing children from the clutches of sex traffickers. His mission, as well as the mission of O.U.R., is to go to the darkest corners of the world to assist in rescuing children from slavery and ensure ongoing aftercare.
O.U.R. provides cutting-edge tools and resources to U.S. law enforcement throughout the United States while strengthening preventative efforts that benefit at-risk children worldwide. The organization has been involved in numerous operations, impacting thousands of lives and leading to numerous arrests.
O.U.R. is committed to never giving up the fight and continues to go to the darkest places until light is restored and every child is protected. They invite others to join the fight, offering opportunities to become monthly donors, volunteers, or to raise awareness about sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.
The organization places a strong emphasis on sharing the stories of survivors in order to spread awareness of the brutal and disturbing prevalence of human trafficking and exploitation. This is why they place so much importance on film, as it serves as a powerful medium to convey these stories and raise awareness on a global scale.