Check Out This Video Of A Woman Swinging Her Young Baby. Do You Think It's Real?
Is the baby yoga (or Russian baby swinging) video real?
Have you seen the Russian baby swinging -- sort of baby yoga but not really -- video? It has apparently been taken down at YouTube, but you can view it over on Gawker in a post titled This Baby Swinging Yoga Video Can't be Real, Right? In it, a woman swings a baby in ways that I don't think a baby can be swung without serious injury. But what do I know? Everyone is asking whether the baby in the video is real or fake. I thought it might be real, so I had my mom watch. She was convinced it was a fake and the "baby" was one of those rubber doll babies that look frightening real. For a minute, I wondered why we -- and the Internet -- were obsessing over this. But the answer to that questions is simple: If this is a real baby, it is not okay! And if it is real, apparently baby swinging, um, happens? From the Gawker article:
As it turns out, Russian swinging baby videos of dubious origin are a recurring phenomenon: Two years ago, video of a Russian (or perhaps Ukranian) man swinging a baby by its arms and legs ignited mass hysteria and led to Australian police raiding a journalist's house. (Child abuses [sic] charges were later dropped.) In the aftermath, Liveleak posted a clip from a documentary about a Russian circus family, which shows a man "training" a baby by swinging it around, albeit significantly more gently.Disturbing, right? Gawker posted an update with yet another baby yoga or baby swinging video. (It's probably NSFW because of exposed breasts.) I don't know what to think. If the babies being swung about are real, this isn't okay, is it? I know babies are not quite as delicate as many of us (read: me) think they are, but I can't imagine it's safe to swing a baby up over one's head. >>What are your opinions on the baby swinging video?