Okay so a lot of people have been asking me this, I hope this answers all your questions!
Basically, Sam Pepper is a YouTuber whose channel mostly consists of public pranks. He goes out in LA and interviews strangers, sometimes asking them very personal/uncomfortable questions. For example, “have you ever hooked up with someone off the internet before?” and “what has been your craziest sexual experience?”
In a video posted a month ago, (“InstaWhore Prank”) he asked for a random girl’s number. When she reasonably refused him, he offered to trade instragrams. Later she changed her mind, asked for his number and he called her a whore.
He starts arguments with strangers as well. Even something as simple as his “Stealing Dog Prank,” where he confronts strangers for stealing his dog, would definitely trigger my anxiety if I were to be put in that situation.
Last year, though, he went too far. He posted a video entitled “How to Make Out with Strangers.” This video pissed me off for a lot of reasons, blatant misogyny aside. He went up to girls he thought were hot, would wrap his arm around their shoulder, explain the prank, and then move to kiss them. He did not ask them if they wanted to participate. He assumed they would.
Imagine being put in that situation. Anyone would be uncomfortable, but if he approached a rape victim? Someone who has experienced firsthand a person forcing themselves onto them?
This is sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is the (unwelcome, inappropriate) bullying or coercion of a sexual nature. He forced himself on those women. They wouldn’t dare pull away. I mean, if you got offended, you were just taking the joke too seriously. You need to get a sense of humor. These kind of comments perpetuate rape culture!
It is embarrassing how the YouTube community said nothing when this video was released. It is embarrassing how the video was never taken down, how it sits with 15 million views, with Sam’s viewers (mainly young girls!!) defending him and says it’s okay, 15 million views NORMALIZING RAPE CULTURE!
This week he posted a similar video. “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank.” He walked up to random girls and, well, you can understand from the title. The video was horrifyingly disgusting, the fact that it has more likes than dislikes is horrifyingly disgusting, and the YouTube community as a whole not saying anything is horrifyingly disgusting. No matter the reason for not getting involved, all silence does is say “this is okay!”
YouTubers need to make it clear that videos like these are not okay. They need to state their disapproval, ask for the video to be taken down so millions of young, impressionable viewers DON’T GROW UP WITH THE IDEA THAT SEXUAL HARRASMENT IS OKAY. IT IS ACCEPTED. YOU SHOULDN’T GET MAD IF SOME STRANGE MAN COMES UP AND PINCHES YOUR ASS, OR FORCES YOU TO KISS THEM.
Don’t watch his videos. Don’t help his view count go up. Pressure YouTubers into taking a stand, because this is unacceptable.