Abby, Miss Abby, CrAbby, whatever. Currently 19.
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Sam Pepper: The Saga Continues

For those unaware (or simply don’t care enough to pay attention, which is understandable), Sam Pepper is a popular YouTuber who is known for posting “prank” videos (prank is in quotations because most of these videos aren’t pranks, but are actually just him making women feel extraordinarily unsafe and uncomfortable). His most recent videos depict him and his friend going up to strangers on the street, asking for directions, and pinching the ass of the person they’re talking to while they aren’t looking. He has (understandably) come under a lot of fire for these videos, and today he posted a video in which he claims that they were for the purpose of a social experiment, intended to bring light to the issue of sexual harassment and assault of both women and men. While, in the end, that is actually what the videos have accomplished, it is doubtful (at best) that this was the original purpose of the videos.

Those are the facts of the situation. Here are some observations I have made.

Based on the types of videos he’s posted in the past (like the one where he handcuffed himself to women until they agreed to kiss him), and the fact that the first video in this supposed series had no indication of there being a series in the first place, it is glaringly obvious that he is using the guise of a “social experiment” to try and turn around all the backlash he’s receiving and make himself the hero of the story, and even a victim himself, as he states in his third video “there have been fans at events who have pinched my ass and laughed at it to their friends, even after I’ve told them it’s not okay.” 

I’m not saying I don’t believe him, I’m not even saying it’s his fault that it happened to him. But I am saying that turning around and making videos wherein he does the same thing to other people shows an incredible amount of hypocrisy and insensitivity. 

He has said on Twitter that everyone in the videos consented to what was happening before it was filmed, a statement that I don’t believe for a second. In the past, he has shown no regard for the feelings of the people he plays his “pranks” on, there is no reason for him to start now. Even so, he has provided no proof that any of these people even knew what was happening before the cameras started rolling. In the third video, 2 of the girls from the first are shown smiling and waving (in clips that were filmed on their phones, clearly after the fact), which proves nothing. If this had really been an experiment, and staged like he claims, he would have covered his ass a lot more than that, by filming the people in the videos stating clearly what the situation was and that they consented to what was happening and putting that in the video, rather than just having him explaining why we were all so wrong to crucify him while some sad music plays. 

TL;DR- This is not a social experiment. This is a child trying to get away with something he’s done wrong, and doing a poor job of it. My advice to Sam, in case he decides to do this sort of thing again: When the only good part of a situation is the backlash against it, you’ve done something wrong. Especially when multiple people come out saying that you’ve sexually abused and/or harassed them in the past. 

And in case this wasn’t abundantly clear, nobody has the right to touch you for any reason if you don’t want them to. If nothing else is taken from this whole thing, I want it to be that. 

yamiyuugis:

tedaltmans:

since i already reblogged a post about mel gonzales (pictured right), i didnt want to pass by mentioning scarlett lenh (pictured left), a trans girl who won homecoming queen at her high school in colorado
link to article

tpoc YES

yamiyuugis:

tedaltmans:

since i already reblogged a post about mel gonzales (pictured right), i didnt want to pass by mentioning scarlett lenh (pictured left), a trans girl who won homecoming queen at her high school in colorado

link to article

tpoc YES

Sam Pepper handcuffs himself to women on the street, refusing to release one woman until she kisses him

aka14kgold:

jean-luc-gohard:

celebreceipts:

In January, Sam Pepper uploaded a video called “How To Get A Girlfriend Easy” in which he sneaks up behind or beside unsuspecting women on the street and handcuffs them to himself. He then tells them they’re “his girlfriend now.”

When one victim reacts furiously, saying “No! I don’t know you! Take it off!” and demands that he remove the handcuffs, he refuses and replies with “We’re dating now.” She tries again, “Look, I don’t know where you’re from, but we don’t do this in America. Take this off,” while fighting with the cuffs. He refuses again, insisting they’re “going on a date.” She then tells him that she’s married, to which he says “No, you’re married to me now,” and refuses yet again to remove the handcuffs.

At the end of the video, another woman is pleading with him to undo the handcuffs, and he refuses to until she kisses him on the lips. Pepper appears to think the entire scenario is hilarious at best and endearingly misguided at worst, while the women being “pranked” are visibly livid, terrified, and profoundly uncomfortable.

NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE PRANKS.

We need to stop calling assault by white men on men of color and women of all races “pranks,” because it makes them seem lighthearted and fun, not like the violent criminal acts they are.

NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE PRANKS.

NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE PRANKS.

NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE PRANKS.

NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE PRANKS.

NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE PRANKS.

NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE PRANKS.

atmosphericpleasure:

Friendly reminder that the woman who starred in the second video is 100% Okay with what she did and is prettying saying that part 3 will be a “but wait! It was a social experiment lolololol ” seriously fuck her and Sam pepper. Sexual harassment is sexual harassment. This is not a “discussion” it is sickening.

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Unless part 3 reveals that EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THOSE VIDEOS consented, on no uncertain terms AND ON VIDEO, to getting their asses pinched on camera and giving a fake reaction THEN GUESS WHAT YOU ACTUALLY DID ASSAULT PEOPLE HAHAHA LET’S NOT BE FRIENDS EVER. 
And even if that is the case, that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t any damage done here. Sexual assault has still been depicted as something that people can just laugh off as a “prank”. It’s been normalized in the eyes of a lot of impressionable young people, and it’s made the excuse of “LOL, I was just kidding!” an acceptable response for people who view other people’s bodies as something they are entitled to touch if and when they want to. This is completely unacceptable. The only saving grace about this situation is that the controversy is bringing to light the truth of the matter, which is that nobody has the right to touch you for any reason if you don’t want them to. 
I don’t believe for a second that anyone involved in making these videos (and others like them) has any sort of remorse for what they’ve done, nor do I think they have any idea of the kind of negative impact they’ve made. But if they somehow find some, and want to give some big gesture as an apology, this would be my suggestion:
Find a group of people on the street. Compose it equally of women and men. Ask them what they think they would do if someone came up to them and started groping them everywhere, then let them do it to you. If the person you’re talking to carries pepper spray, let them pepper spray you. If the person you’re talking to has taken a form of martial arts or self defense, let them disable you. Now, as horrid as these videos are, I personally don’t think they’re worth anyone losing a life over, so we’ll add the stipulation that you don’t have to get stabbed if that is the weapon of choice, but a jab to the gut with the butt of the knife or the back of an (unloaded) gun definitely won’t kill you. Whatever it is that the person would do, let them do it, because doing so will give the audience an idea of what exactly will happen to them if they decided to try this shit themselves. 
But that’s just my 2 cents.
*Edit: the part 2 video has since been deleted also, and it appears to have been done by YouTube again.

atmosphericpleasure:

Friendly reminder that the woman who starred in the second video is 100% Okay with what she did and is prettying saying that part 3 will be a “but wait!
It was a social experiment lolololol ” seriously fuck her and Sam pepper. Sexual harassment is sexual harassment. This is not a “discussion” it is sickening.

GRBRGHRGBGRRGBRGRRRRRRRRR

Unless part 3 reveals that EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THOSE VIDEOS consented, on no uncertain terms AND ON VIDEO, to getting their asses pinched on camera and giving a fake reaction THEN GUESS WHAT YOU ACTUALLY DID ASSAULT PEOPLE HAHAHA LET’S NOT BE FRIENDS EVER. 

And even if that is the case, that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t any damage done here. Sexual assault has still been depicted as something that people can just laugh off as a “prank”. It’s been normalized in the eyes of a lot of impressionable young people, and it’s made the excuse of “LOL, I was just kidding!” an acceptable response for people who view other people’s bodies as something they are entitled to touch if and when they want to. This is completely unacceptable. The only saving grace about this situation is that the controversy is bringing to light the truth of the matter, which is that nobody has the right to touch you for any reason if you don’t want them to. 

I don’t believe for a second that anyone involved in making these videos (and others like them) has any sort of remorse for what they’ve done, nor do I think they have any idea of the kind of negative impact they’ve made. But if they somehow find some, and want to give some big gesture as an apology, this would be my suggestion:

Find a group of people on the street. Compose it equally of women and men. Ask them what they think they would do if someone came up to them and started groping them everywhere, then let them do it to you. If the person you’re talking to carries pepper spray, let them pepper spray you. If the person you’re talking to has taken a form of martial arts or self defense, let them disable you. Now, as horrid as these videos are, I personally don’t think they’re worth anyone losing a life over, so we’ll add the stipulation that you don’t have to get stabbed if that is the weapon of choice, but a jab to the gut with the butt of the knife or the back of an (unloaded) gun definitely won’t kill you. Whatever it is that the person would do, let them do it, because doing so will give the audience an idea of what exactly will happen to them if they decided to try this shit themselves. 

But that’s just my 2 cents.

*Edit: the part 2 video has since been deleted also, and it appears to have been done by YouTube again.

Sam Pepper has uploaded ANOTHER ass pinching video.

You’ll notice though, that this time, it’s a GIRL pinching GUYS butts. ~ooh what a twist~ 

You’ll also notice that the title of the video says Part 2 of 3. 

I can only imagine what this means. It’s entirely likely that he’s going to try and pass off this blatant harassment as some kind of “social experiment” in an effort to repair his reputation, which frankly should have been damaged quite a long time ago. 

This video is just as terrible and just as much an example of sexual harassment and assault as his last one (which side note has, in fact been removed, apparently by YouTube and not Sam himself).

Hank Green left a comment on this video that is at least 100% more eloquent than I could ever hope to be, which is why I’ve included it. I’ve also included what my report to YouTube looked like when I submitted it. 

Harassment is harassment. Period. Just because the genders are switched doesn’t make it okay. We need to make people understand that. 

*Edit: the part 2 video has since been deleted also, and it appears to have been done by YouTube again.

defranco:

Should such blatant sexual harassment be taken lightly, even if it was meant to be a “prank?” Dear, Sam Pepper: The answer is no. (X)

fegeleh:

in movies, whenever a hot guy fake-flirts with an “ugly” girl and she gets all flustered, it’s intended to be a funny joke and make u think the girl is pathetic for believing such an attractive man could be interested in her. ur supposed to hate the girl.

but whenever a hot girl fake-flirts with an ugly guy and he gets all flustered, it’s intended to make u feel bad for the guy and think the girl is a Bitch. ur supposed to hate the girl.

ur always supposed to hate the girl.

The frightening thing is that, like most of their other campaigns against women, they see themselves as just warriors fighting for what’s right. This is primarily because they firmly believe that any woman who speaks up on women’s issues is completely disingenuous and only doing it for the purposes of self-promotion, and that any man who does is looking to get laid, because they actually cannot possibly imagine a scenario in which someone would genuinely give a shit about women.
 
Members of this board, as well as “Men’s Rights Activists” in general, tend to go apoplectic at even the most mild implications that women might be human beings. For them, this is simply “not allowed” and must be punished swiftly and severely, as they appear to believe that feminism is the one obstacle in the way of all these pathetic neckbeards getting their pick of supermodel girlfriends who obey their every whim. The goal is to make it as uncomfortable to speak out about misogyny and women’s issues as possible, which is why they go to the wall in terms of harassing women like Emma Watson. At the end of the day, this is the crux of it. It would be sad if it weren’t so vile.