I'm really against this kind of corporal punishment. But the whole, well, terror-violence porn aspect of posting the video on a blog? A blog that, hmmm, last time I checked, kind of tended to rant a bit about personal privacy? I guess that all, well, goes out the window when there's another point to be made?
I will say, I did get spanked by my Mom when I was a little kid, had my mouth washed out with soap a few times. Not as extreme as this video, but not, well, exactly pleasant. And you know what? My Mom is pretty darn cool, we have a close relationship today, she's a very decent, spiritual person, and definitely realizes today the err of using corporal punishment in child-rearing (she's actually a preschool teacher at a Reggio-Emilia style school, extremely cool and progressive). Hell, she was a hippy for goodness' sakes. She got belted by her father as a kid, and my grandfather was a pretty wonderful guy himself.
Corporal punishment is nasty, doesn't really hold up in my opinion, and in a more extreme form (which I'd definitely consider what takes place in this video) should probably be made illegal -- but it does not totally break a parent-child relationship in and of itself, in all cases. I can't personally fathom it, but I do know that a parent can have quite a lot of legitimate love for their offspring and still inflict physical violence on them. We might do better to try to understand this more as a culture, and work to put an end to it through better child-rearing education, than just post videos on the internet of other families' intimate lives at their worst.
OK, is someone now going to tell me I'm blaming the victim? I suppose so, this is bb after all. And I so loooooved Falcor the Luck Dragon as a child, now I FEAR him!