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March 29th, 2013
11:17 AM ET

Parents surprised by skill of two-year-old pillow pet bandit

Here's a question: What would you do for a unicorn pillow pet?

How about breaking and entering?

Kyle Moser, a two-year-old 'bedtime bandit' as his parents labeled him in this YouTube video, was caught using a nail clipper to pick the lock of his sister's bedroom door to get at that highly coveted pillow pet.

When his sister's toys went missing, she always pointed at Kyle. Their parents set up the sting operation in the hopes of catching him in the act...and they struck web video gold.

This morning on "Starting Point," Kyle's parents Joann and Mike Moser, tell Soledad about catching their little bandit in the act.

Filed under: A little fun • Viral video
March 28th, 2013
10:57 AM ET

Two College students' Anti-rape video "A Needed Response" goes viral

Samantha Stendal and Aaron Blanton are two film students from the University of Oregon, who made an anti-rape viral video called "A Needed Response.” They sit down with Soledad Obrien on Starting Point to talk about the quick and surprising reaction the video has received so far.

Stendal claims she came up with the idea for the video while she was "studying for finals, and reading up on the Steubenville Rape Case." The video is only 26 seconds long, and shows what a man should do if he finds a girl passed out drunk.

She pursued making this video after witnessing the entire "victim blaming that was going on online, and the general rape culture, and seeing all the negative responses that this female was getting in this case." She claims she "really wanted to have something that was out there that was positive toward a victim of rape."

Their anti-rape video quickly reached 1.5 million views. Blanton was very surprised that the video resonated with their intended audience, "so the fact that we did so quickly is pretty extraordinary." The Steubenville rape case played out on social media, and outraged many, therefore it is fitting for a viral video to serve as a launching point to They believe that the instant awareness of the video shows that this sort of discourse needs to happen.

Filed under: Rape • Steubenville • Viral video
March 20th, 2013
09:25 AM ET

VIDEO: Model Kate Upton asked to prom in adorable viral video

A video of a high school senior's prom invitation to model Kate Upton has gone viral. Will she say yes?

Filed under: A little fun • Viral video
January 9th, 2013
09:50 AM ET

Victoria’s Secret Model Cameron Russell's message to young girls who want to be models: 'it's not a career path'

Should young girls want to be models? One supermodel answered that question and her response went viral with over 90,000 views on YouTube.

Cameron Russell is a beautiful 25-year-old Victoria's Secret model who has traveled the globe walking in major high fashion runways and appearing in international fashion magazines. She's also an economics and political science major from Columbia University who delivered a frank TED Talk saying young girls should not aspire to be models.

Russell said, “…People always ask me is, ‘Can I be a model when I grow up?’ And the first answer is, ‘I don't know, they don't put me in charge of that.’ But the second answer, and what I really want to say is, ‘Why? You know, you can be anything.’”

She continued; “Saying that you want to be a model when you grow up is akin to saying that you want to win the Powerball. It's out of your control. And it's awesome. And it's not a career path.” Russell went on to break down what she sees as the biggest problems with modeling. Cameron Russell comes to “Starting Point” this morning to tell us why she said what she said.

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Filed under: Fame • Fashion • Trending • Viral • Viral video • YouTube
October 4th, 2012
11:15 AM ET

Local TV anchor Jennifer Livingston has 'no ill will' towards 'bully'

Local WKBT News 8 anchor Jennifer Livingston has been praised for calling out the man who sent her an email insulting her physical appearance and chastising her for being a poor role model for the community. Livingston joins Soledad O’Brien on “Starting Point” with more of her story early Thursday.

“I don’t want to make him an evil representation of the whole world,” she says of the "bully" who sent her the email. “I just hope that at some point that he will learn that he could have approached the topic in much more kind way.” Livingston adds that she won’t particularly "reach out to him to ask him and ask him for help.”

Soledad O’Brien applauds Livingston's bravery. “I love seeing somebody just get mad and taking out someone who’s clearly a bully in the format that you had and the platform that you had,” O'Brien says. “Good for you.”

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Filed under: Beauty • Bullying • Viral video
July 16th, 2012
01:34 PM ET

Tearing up San Francisco streets: DC Shoes' Ken Block on his viral driving video

DC Shoes co-founder and rally car driver Ken Block on a viral video of him tearing through streets in San Francisco.

Filed under: Viral video
June 15th, 2012
11:43 AM ET

VIDEO: Moms brawl at pre-school graduation

A group of angry moms turned on each other in a fight over cap and gowns for their children.

Filed under: Viral video
June 12th, 2012
02:27 PM ET

Attorney Ryan Childers says dad in whipping video is sorry & psychologist Dale Atkins says corporal punishment isn't effective

(FROM CNN WIRES) - An elected official in California has been arrested on accusations of felony child abuse after a neighbor videotaped him beating his stepson with a belt during a backyard game of catch, authorities told CNN Saturday.

Anthony Sanchez, 34, a director with the Imperial County Irrigation District, turned himself in to authorities Friday afternoon, said Imperial County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Sheppeard. Sanchez could face felony child abuse charges for the incident.

The Imperial County Sheriff's Office plans to file a case with the district attorney this afternoon. A neighbor took the video of Sanchez, hitting his stepson in their backyard last week. Sanchez has since resigned from his elected post there in the town.

This morning on "Starting Point." Sanchez's attorney, Ryan Childers explains that Sanchez is sorry for the incident, but Childers argues whether the incident warrants a felony charge.

Also in the segment, psychologist Dr. Dale Atkins explains why she believes corporal punishment is not an effective means of discipline for children, especially children with behavioral issues.

Filed under: Corporal punishment • Viral video
March 20th, 2012
11:17 AM ET

Dad says son was scared by TSA patdown

It's a video that has gone viral on the web with over 980,000 hits on YouTube: A 3-year-old in a wheelchair, patted down by the TSA. It happened in 2010, but his dad – Chicago radio personality Matt Dubiel – posted it over the weekend after looking through old family videos.

Matt talks with Soledad O'Brien this morning on "Starting Point" to explain what happened, and why he chose to upload the video now.

He tells Soledad his son had a broken leg and could barely stand. And though the TSA agent was cautious with the child, he says his son was still scared by the experience.

The TSA has since changed the way it screens passengers under 12 years of age.

Filed under: Viral video