A popular video hosting platform removed a new documentary told from the perspectives of parents whose children were introduced to radical gender theory.
The new indie film, “Dead Name,” was hosted on Vimeo for just over a month until Monday, when its creators discovered it had been wiped from the video-sharing platform. The documentary follows the stories of three parents who struggled with their children’s newly announced transgender identity.
“We can confirm that Vimeo removed the video in question for violating our Terms of Service prohibiting discriminatory or hateful content,” a representative of Vimeo responded to the Daily Wire’s request for comment. “We strive to enforce these policies objectively and consistently across our platform.”
Vimeo also indicated that the video may have been reported by other users, but was ultimately evaluated by their Trust and Safety team, and was found to be in violation of their terms. The member profile that uploaded the video, Broken Heart Films, was also erased from their platform.
Taylor Reece, the film’s director, called Vimeo’s decision to deplatform the movie a “dumb strategy,” as it had the unintended effect of drawing more attention to it.
“Within four hours, ‘Dead Name’ was relocated to another platform and inadvertently the attempt at ‘canceling’ has spiked our sales,” Reece told the Daily Wire.
She found Vimeo’s characterization of the film as “hateful content,” completely unfounded.
“The film is the opposite of hate speech,” Reece said. “It’s love speech. In no way do any of these three parents, who tell the story of what it’s like when their child starts a journey toward transition, spew hate or dogma. Their stories are painstakingly personal, and at times unimaginable.”
“Unfortunately, there are factions out there who do not want this narrative and they have perfected the playbook on getting work like this ‘canceled,'” she added.
The documentary, originally released on December 20, recounts the tales of three heartbroken parents who love their children but have reservations about whether they are truly transgender.
Helen, who shares custody of a young son with her ex-wife, believes her ex-wife influenced him to adopt a transgender identity. In a shocking clip that opens the trailer of the documentary, Helen’s 4-year-old son describes the process of a penile-inversion vaginoplasty.
“If you want girls’ parts, and you don’t have them, you can do special surgery where they turn your penis inside out and there’s a vagina inside,” the 4-year-old explained.
Helen recalled her bewilderment at picking up her son from his daycare one day and finding a female name on the entrance sheet and his cubby, and the over-enthusiastic daycare workers that recognized him as a girl.
“They would say, ‘Helen, you should really learn to accept this and celebrate it,’ and I’m like, ‘Celebrate what? That my child is going to be put on hormones, and his penis will never grow and he’ll never have a normal sex life, and he’ll be on drugs for the rest of his life?” Helen said.
Amy’s story centers around her 15-year-old daughter, who out of nowhere declared that she was transgender and quickly acquired a prescription for testosterone through a Telehealth meeting with Planned Parenthood.
“There was no psychological evaluation, there was nothing,” said Amy.
Bill, whose son battled cancer that tragically required the amputation of one of his legs, was told by a psychiatrist that he was an “unsupportive, abusive father” when he was skeptical of his son’s rapid transformation into a female identity during his first year in college. He is concerned that cross-sex hormones may have contributed to his untimely death at just 18 years old.
The 50-minute film is now available on a new website, where viewers can rent or purchase it.