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Image of Vaush with one of his famous comments

The popular Left-wing YouTube debate streamer Vaush (Ian Kochinski, born February 14, 1994), has made various comments[1] - largely accurate - on pedophilia early in his career. He argued that under socialism, the Age of Consent should be lowered: "As those [power] imbalances (or at least some of them), are redressed through the advent of socialism, the age of consent should therefore be lowered." He argued accurately that "From an anthropological standpoint, the age of consent at which it is presently set is a social construct. Obviously, [...] it's found in law not in nature." He criticizes Leftists for their "kneejerk disavowel of alternative looks at what constitutes sexual maturity," stemming from "disgust and not in reason."

Vaush had peer age sexual contact in childhood: "When I was a kid I was having sex with other kids... Lots of sex. Gross, gross sex. More than you'll ever imagine. And it wasn't wrong. Or bad. And nobody got hurt by it." He later stated accurately: "It is possible for an adult and a child to have a sexual relationship, and for it to have positive outcomes." On fiction and non-fiction child pornography he said: "Zoophile, like, drawn stuff. Should be 100% legal. In fact, [...] I have yet to hear a convincing moral or legal argument as to why possession of child pornography should be illegal. Actual child pornography." When asked "Do you think it's immoral to be a pedophile?", he replied similarly to researchers like Allyn Walker, that "being a pedophile is morally neutral" because it's something you can't choose. His opponents use these statements to attack him,[2] and Vaush has since disavowed these statements and now parrots dominant Anti discourse.[3]

He is routinely pilloried for his earlier comments, and is sometimes the subject of media articles.[4]

The lolicon horse-cock 2024 controversy

After having spent many,[5][6] many[7][8][9][10] stream segments voicing disgust at the fact that anime often represents young characters expressing themselves sexually and / or being involved in sexual situations, Vaush exposed himself as a hypocrite who publicly condemns fictional lolicon (and bestiality) porn yet privately consumes it.

On February 7th, 2024, Vaush accidentally pulled up a "to be sorted" folder on his computer for a very brief second, which was clipped and screenshotted by some viewers and posted online, starting viral drama.[11] The thumbnails showed that the folder contained material featuring the Lolicon / Loli trope: a trope in anime and hentai whereby a character, usually a girl, has at least some pre-pubescent characteristics, though may be ascribed a much older age than their features would suggest were they a real person, sometimes thousands of years old. Similar to how much pornography highlights neoteny - the retention of juvenile characteristics - ("barely legal teens" etc.), lolicon can also involve "Oppai Loli" (Loli's with large breasts), merging tropes / features to play with the age taboo. Being seen to have Loli and Interspecies / Bestiality ("Horse-fucking") material saved to his computer, large amounts of Youtube commentators, including the 2.9 million subscriber H3 Podcast[12] and 2 million subscribers Aba N Preach,[13] made videos criticizing / mocking Vaush. Vaush made a response video ("The Context Video"),[14] in which he claimed he did not initially perceive the images as lolicon, claiming he thought they were women with "short stack" builds, similar to "how goblins are drawn in porn." In response to the horse imagery, he stated that he wanted to have sex with a woman as a horse and that - accurately - jokes about "horse cock" and being a "size queen" have been commonplace in his community since his career began.[15] As Vaush is widely known for arguing that fictional pornography, inclding Lolicon, Shotacon, and Bestiality should be "100% legal", and given that he has continued to privately engage with such material, many found his response unconvincing...



  1. Redit: Vaush's preoccupation
  2. Is Vaush a P*dophile? Let's Look at the Evidence - YouTube
  3. See, for instance, Vaush's most popular video at time of writing, with 1 million views: Shane Dawson was SO MUCH WORSE Than I Thought. How do we Stop People Like Him? (Vaush on Youtube, Jun 30, 2020).
  4. *There’s a long, disgusting history of right-wingers defending child predators
  5. Vaush explains how Gurren Lagann is PROBLEMATIC! (Vaushite on Youtube, Sep 10, 2021).
  6. Vaush explains why Evangelion community is MESSED UP (Vaushite on Youtube, Dec 16, 2021).
  7. Vaush explains the BIGGEST problem with anime (Vaushite on Youtube, Jan 10, 2022).
  8. Vaush has a LOVE-HATE relationship with anime (Vaushite on Youtube, Oct 10, 2021).
  9. Vaush gets into a HEATED argument with chat about LOLICON (Vaushite on Youtube, Jan 6, 2022).
  10. Vaush talks about Genshin Impact and RANTS about Demon Slayer (Vaushite on Youtube, Dec 28, 2021).
  11. The 3 second clip can be viewed here. See also, a lengthy article summarizing Vaush's controversies up to this point.
  12. Vaush: No More Horsing Around - H3TV #107 (H3 Podcast on Youtube, Streamed live on Feb 12, 2024). Over 1 million views.
  13. Vaush & Leftists Are DEFENDING CP. (Aba N Preach on Youtube, Feb 24, 2024). Over 600k views.
  14. The Context Video (Vaush on Youtube, Feb 18, 2024).
  15. For brief explanation, see the Know Your Meme entry.