As coronavirus continues to spread while stoking global fears, online users have determined they’re not enjoying the various social media pranks and comedy that have emerged from the illness that has now killed more than 630 people.
Whether it’s YouTube star Logan Paul posing with a gas mask while shirtless for Instagram or a Soundcloud rapper pranking a plane full of people by claiming to have coronavirus, many people have determined that this is a topic that just isn’t funny at the moment.
But that didn’t stop YouTuber kmoorethegoat from posting his own video as he played a practical joke on local citizens. On Wednesday, he posted a video titled “CORONA VIRUS PRANK!!” in which one of his buddies pretended to be coughing on the streets of Los Angeles only to be accosted by the YouTuber and others wearing safety suits and wearing protective masks.
They did it in a pharmacy, in a subway station, and on Hollywood Boulevard.
At the beginning of the video, he wrote, “This video was made for comedy purpose (sic). Didn’t mean to offend anyone.” And before he began pranking bystanders, he said, “This is going to be hilarious. This is going to be crazy. Hopefully we don’t go to jail for this.”
But his viewers didn’t find his content funny. As of this writing, the YouTuber aka Kennedy Moore—who has about 200,000 subscribers—was getting blasted by his viewers. His video had 680 likes but more than 1,300 dislikes and some of the comments on the vlog weren’t kind.
“This is funny. Funny how terrible this content is,” one commenter wrote.
Another wrote, “There are literally hundreds of people dying at this very moment because of the coronavirus, and y’all try to turn this into a joke. Delete this crap honestly.”
And still another wrote, “I think the sad part is, you’re not dumb. You know this content would give you some unwarranted attention, yet you chose to publish it anyway. Are you really THAT desperate for views? Keep your integrity man. I’m a medical student. There are people are legitimately FRIGHTENED over this virus, mainly due to the media. Hopefully this prank is fake, but why would you try to instill unwarranted fear into the public, even if it’s for a brief moment? Be better than that man!”
In a postscript on the video, Moore looked at the camera and said, “As you can see, I made this video to show the lack of information that Americans know about the coronavirus. … It is something to take serious.”
Most people would agree with that sentiment. But nearly all of those who commented on the video said this wasn’t the time or the place for his attempt at a “hilarious” prank video.
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