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He's a very compassionate reporter investigative respectful story teller and I respect he tells these stories without disturbing or disrespecting anyone as best he can ,we all know these things exist and he shows us without having to humiliate or embarrass anyone ,I enjoy some of his videos 📹 of the people
I did not agree with his analogy regarding exploiting. He was describing supply and demand (the restaurant supplying his demand for food) He befriended the family to further interest in his own channel. However I do see him as a compassionate person, making a living from documenting his interest in the lives of people with various life challenges.
In light of the fact Mark Laita made so much money from interviewing the Whitaker family, ABSOLUTELY HE WAS EXPLOITATIVE. Relying on the morbid curiosity of the public, he made a killing. Equating “the need for sleep” as being “exploitative” is a false narrative he uses to rationalize his business model. At least he started a Go Find Me Page to buy these humans a new roof. Perhaps as a way to justify & rationalize his opportunistic venture.
At the end of the day, if he hadn’t done this, someone else would have.
The family can't even vocalize enough to give consent to being filmed. He's just exploiting them. Instead of filming them why doesn't he raise money so they can have more liveable conditions. Some pretentious comments here talking about how brilliant he is. He's just exploiting them for views. Special place for you in hell, bud.
This guy is full of crap! I watched the video he took of the Whittakers . He is exploiting them , theres no doubt in my mind. He tries to rationalize it by saying that hotels exploit their customers etc. That is a BS excuse. Ive seen an inbred family close up before and would never think of filming them. That is an egregious violation of their privacy.
I really liked the way you presented this . I see families like this at a similar level as a travel nurse in very rural areas. It is done with class and respect as it is not these folks fault . There lives have been hard enough
Really enjoy this beautiful presentation of life which isn’t always pretty
I don't feel like your being exploitive Mark. We all "hear" about the types of people you video or photograph on the news or in magazines then we forget. You are creating a permanent library in a format that is jolting. You make an impact. I never stopped thinking about Amanda from the very beginning. Her life touched many. Which means you touched many. Keep doing your thing!💜
He's very careful on how to speak about the Whittakers, and that's good, they deserve respect also, and it was a little painful to watch that video, and the questions for the mother, cause he knew they were an oddity. But Ray seems like such a good hearted man, tries his best to communicate ❤️
I SEE THIS AND ALL THE THINGS THAT MY MIND REFLECT ON,IT COMES BACK TO AFTER YOU HAVE ENDURED ABUSE AND MISTREATMENT BY THE HANDS OF YOUR OWN BLOOD, WHAT DO YOU DO? DO YOU STAY THERE AND BE A VICTIM OR RISE UP AND LET GO, BREAKING ALL THE CHAINS YOU POSSIBLY CAN TO DISCONNECT FROM IT?
IN THE WORLD TODAY,WHEN YOU SEE SOME ONE YOU LOVE THAT DON'T SEEM TO CARE ABOUT WHO THEY TAKE TO BED,BE IT SISTER COUSIN NIECE ETC .. THAT'S A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW... YET ANOTHER MOUNTAIN THAT CAN BE OVERCOME IN YOUR LIFE,IN ORDER FOR YOU TO SURVIVE. REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO TALK ABOUT OR LET GO OF...
WHEN YOU MAKE A DECISION TO RELEASE THE THINGS AND PEOPLE THAT COULD HAVE DESTROYED YOU, YOU FIND PEACE AND YOU SHOULD LET NO ONE MAKE YOU FEEL GUILTY ABOUT HOW YOU HANDLE THINGS...
TO MANY MAKE IT AN EXCUSE TO CONTINUE CYCLES NOT CARING ABOUT JUST HOW MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE IT COULD MAKE TO SOME ONE ELSE LIFE IF THEY STOOD AGAINST IT.
JUST MY THOUGHTS,AND FOR THE ONE I LOVE WHATEVER HE DESIRES TO KNOW I HAVE NO PROBLEM SHARING.
I bet the whittakers on average are happy people, I do not know if I can say the same about the rest of the country. Ignorance is bliss, add in the erie reality that these stories are infinitely more interesting than the majority of success stories tells me there is a lot to be learned about life's purpose from these humans.
I thought you were not suppose to say where they live. They want their privacy and you saw why. They live well below any poverty level
I ever heard of. As they age it’ll only get worse. Their clothes are filthy now. One sleeps in the kitchen. I can’t believe that some Social Service agency isn’t working with them. Simple things like cleanliness and healthy good food and someone to clean and organize their trailer. This proves that the politicians of the state of West Virginia don’t care about their people. This is a prime example of how they take care of them.
The hotel is exploiting your need to sleep?? How come hotels aren't exploiting my need to sleep?? Oh, Maybe it's because If I need a hotel, I'll call one. If I rent a room I'm not exploited I am sold a service. NO, this is more like someone came to your house and dropped off an old tent then poked and prodded you to get you to sleep in it.
I got stranded in wv for a week and met an entire family of inbreds no funny shit they all lived in the same house (not the same ones as he filmed) those types of families are pretty common out there it was probably the most country secluded place I’ve ever been I’ll never forget that shit yo
I seen the video of the Whitaker family. It's a 30 min video. I was honestly dumbfounded by the behavior of the family, jaw dropping. Men barking, slouched over. Unable to walk. It's a real shame for the individuals who were born with mental and physical defects because of inbreeding. It truly is something like the Deliverance movie, but worse. On one hand it's shameful knowing that there are people within the family taking advantage of there relatives, knowing the consequences . It's also in my opinion that the sheriff department or the state for that matter allows this to continue. It's a form of incestuous rape in my opinion.
Mark we understand why you posted it.
Just the mere name of your channel tells me you have empathy for all types of people who have fallen through the cracks, born with defects, persistent depression, been knocked around through life, don't know how to stick up for themselves, blamed for things they didn't do...the list could go on for miles but what I'm saying is I understand your compassionate interpretation of the tender side of human nature where life can become worse and worse , I appreciate the opportunity to view the soft white underbelly that others feel, because I get it, I see it and feel it everyday. It is not exploitation. It is compassion. God wants us to care for eachother even in the deepest of sentiment and without this level of awareness how could we be good soldiers of compassion for these folks living a tender existence? I heard one of them say Timmy and Loretta went to a church where they were made fun of! How very uncanny these people are looking in the very place they need for understanding and were mistreated so badly. Did they ask to be born this way? So now they go to a much nicer church. Thank you Mark. I think you are actually a blessing to them.
I’ve been watching this guy for quite some time and just to say he’s exploiting these people leaves it open to be taken negatively … it comes down to intent. Yes I’m sure he’s made a living doing this but in everything I’ve seen , all of his work , it’s clearly not just about money. The way he speaks to the Whitaker’s all the way to the prostitutes , it’s never condescending or as if he judges them. And I agree it’s important for people to know about these things , to get the word out so hopefully some of them can get help they need.