Preschool teacher by day | Burlesque performer by night | Youtube content creator by sheer force of will
Thanks for taking the time to read this letter. As fellow YouTubers, we have much respect for others who put so much hard work into building their channel. It’s not easy, and you should be proud! That said, we’ve noticed that in your success, there has been a lack of respect in return…namely, for women and girls.
You may have noticed that your latest video “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank” has garnered considerable negative attention. In this video, you sexually violate a number of unsuspecting women on the street, many of whom are visibly confused and upset at being touched by you without permission. One woman even says “I don’t like that!” while you proceed to laugh and touch her more. In “How to Make Out with Strangers”, made a year ago, you pressure women on camera to make out with you - again, many of whom are visibly uncool with it. Confused and caught off guard, they painfully follow through with your requests, clearly uncomfortable. In “How to Pick Up Girls with a Lasso”, you physically restrain women on the street with lassos - many of whom look alarmed to be restrained by a stranger on the street.
You’d probably be alarmed too, wouldn’t you? Imagine someone on the street comes up and rubs their hand on your bottom, or a girl walks up to you with a camera and forces her mouth onto yours while you’re trying to figure out what’s going on. Imagine walking down the alley alone, when a guy much larger than you physically restrains you with rope and pulls you toward him. You probably wouldn’t like it, right?
People don’t like to be violated and they don’t like to see their friends and girlfriends be violated either (hence the group of men that tried to beat you up in the lasso video). And yet, history suggests that perhaps you find this humorous. It is very disturbing that we live in a world where the violation of women and girls’ bodies is not only funny, but profitable, and can garner considerable notoriety and views on YouTube.
We are deeply disturbed by this trend and would like to ask you, from one creator to another, to please stop. Please stop violating women and making them uncomfortable on the street for views. Please stop physically restraining them and pressuring them to be sexual when they are uncomfortable. Please show some respect for women’s right to their own bodies. While it may seem like harmless fun, a simple prank, or a “social experiment”, these videos encourage millions of young men and women to see this violation as a normal way to interact with women. 1 in 6 young women (real life ones, just like the ones in your video) are sexually assaulted, and sadly, videos like these will only further increase those numbers.
We realize that people make mistakes, and that sometimes it’s hard to see the ripple effect of one’s actions. We really hope that you will take a step back and consider the power you have to be someone who makes the world a better place. It’s not too late to make a change! We invite you to join us in ending widespread bodily violation that takes place in so many forms all around in the world.
Thanks so much.
Laci Green, Meghan Tonjes, Tyler Oakley, TomSka, ViHart, ALB, Ross Everett, Matt Lieberman, Meg Turney, Tom Flynn, Tyrannosaurus Lex, Arielle Scarcella, Dan at NerdCubed, Rachel Whitehurst, Hannah Witton, Jefferson Bethke, MusicalBethan, Kaleb Nation, Chris Thompson, Michael Buckley, Jared Oban, Liam Dryden, Sanne Vliegenthart, Bryarly Bishop, Nicola Foti, Chescaleigh, Grace Helbig, Wheezy Waiter, Morgan Paige, Nathan Z., MumboJumbo, Miles Jai, Adorian Deck, Alli Speed, Matthew Santoro, Jaclyn Glenn, Hank Green, Rosianna Rojas, Grayson, Taryn Southern, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Adam Hattan, Drew Monson, Josh Sundquist, Mamrie Hart, Strawburry17, Catie Wayne, Jepha.
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i still don’t understand why girls have to pay for pads and boys can get free condoms
girls HAVE to have their periods and boys don’t HAVE to have sex
This is the best post I have ever seen
because pads dont prevent disease and unwanted children
girls can also get free condoms
fine then i’ll just bleed on everything you love
See your favourite pillow? Mine now.
Those shoes you paid $100 for? Mine now.
Your phone? That’s mine now.
Your underwear fits me really well! You may wanna wash it.
(though for reals, you should get a moon cup. $40 for 8 years worth of protection and no need to worry about pad duck tail or visible tampon strings)
So I’m having a party today for my birthday, it was meant to be a super chill BBQ thing that people could come and go to but then the forecast was like “nuh uh girl, it’s gon’ raaaain!”
So I booked an indoor venue and I’ve made lots of food cos we wont have the BBQ anymore and I’ve got tonnes of games and stuff and I made decorations and a party playlist full of great dancing songs and everything.
And now I’m super paranoid that none of my friends are going to show up.
I made a Facebook event, but half the people I invited never got the notification and of the other half, most haven’t responded, so of the 300ish invites that went out, 25 people have actually said yes, 40 or so have said maybe, and the rest haven’t even responded.
What if I wasted my time and now I’ve got this venue for 6 hours and like no one shows or if they DO show it’ll only be a couple people and they’ll get bored cos there’s almost no one there and I’ll look like a dick.