OPINION WAS divided recently about a Cork couple's decision to broadcast the birth of their birth of their first child online. Jonathan and Anna Saccone-Joly decided to include the birth of their daughter as part of their daily You Tube video which over the years has also documented their engagement and wedding amongst their day to day lives in The People's Republic.
When they announced their intentions to share such a private moment which was watched by more than 50,000 viewers the backlash was harsh.
Some said it was too much information and a bridge too far where You Tube is concerned and that some things should be kept private.
Because they are a couple screening their home videos voluntarily they are perceived as vain and vulgar and the idea of them sharing a birth video was deemed too much.
They were slagged off from all corners for their lack of taste their plan entailed before the film was even screened.
The couple, who make their living from their online exploits continued to reiterate that they would abandon the whole idea if things took a turn for the worse during the delivery but the criticism continued.
If the critics thought the Saccone-Jolys were a fame-hungry couple who shared too much then their coverage only served to promote them further as their viewership soared each day as the birth loomed.
Having viewed the short film I cannot see how anyone could criticise the pair too much. It was light and definitely not graphic.
If viewers wanted dramatics they could turn on One Born Every Minute where every single story is the worst case scenario complete with shrieking, bitching and cursing which would put anyone off having kids in the first place.
Regardless of the amateur quality of the Saccone-Joly birth video it contained plenty of genuine love and emotion without the horror that some of the most popular documentary programmes are famous for.
Anna Saccone, in particular was calm and composed throughout the whole experience which could be a lesson to many I expect.
In today's world our filter for what should and shouldn't be shared is ever-changing and like it or not sites such as You Tube facilitate this.
If a couple want to post their child's birth online then they are entitled to do so. It might not be everyone's choice but the Saccone-Jolys shouldn't be slated because it was right for them.