- Report: Disney yanks YouTube ad spending following child exploitation accusations Wednesday 7:56 PM
- These people are organizing Fyre Fest live-action role-play parties Wednesday 6:35 PM
- White woman berates Mexican restaurant manager for speaking Spanish Wednesday 4:12 PM
- In Pixar short ‘Kitbull,’ a cat and pit bull become unlikely friends Wednesday 3:48 PM
- Stop exploiting the Jussie Smollett case to discredit LGBTQ hate crime victims Wednesday 3:28 PM
- The best Netflix original movies of 2019 Wednesday 3:20 PM
- Pinterest is reportedly blocking vaccination searches Wednesday 2:53 PM
- Nike’s self-lacing smart sneakers malfunction days after release Wednesday 2:50 PM
- How to quickly get the Havoc weapon in Apex Legends Wednesday 2:48 PM
- The truth behind the anti-LGBTQ emoji controversy Wednesday 1:37 PM
- Tristan Thompson disables Instagram comments after reports he cheated on Khloe Kardashian Wednesday 11:25 AM
- Introducing ‘boner culture,’ this Gamergate blogger’s latest cause Wednesday 11:16 AM
- HBO debuts trailer for controversial Michael Jackson doc ‘Leaving Neverland’ Wednesday 10:46 AM
- Christian woman refuses to do taxes for lesbian married couple Wednesday 10:43 AM
- Political campaigns will be snooping on your phones in 2020 Wednesday 10:43 AM
This it’s-just-a-joke mentality is dismissive.
There’s a troubling trend within the bro-prank YouTube world lately. The pickup artist channel Simple Pickup recently uploaded their “Massaging Random Hot Girls” video, in which they approach unsuspecting women and give them an unsolicited massage. (The video is now private.) The channel Whatever, which touts its pranks as “social experiments,” is also responsible for a series of pickup videos. Who could forget their classy experiment “Picking Up Girls With a Boner”?
A new video from the YouTube channel LAHWF, called “Sweeping Girls Off Their Feet,” is the latest questionable prank. Two men go to the Utah Valley University campus, sneak up behind women, and literally pick them up off their feet. Some of the women go along with it; others make it known they’re uncomfortable. Several of the video’s comments further illustrate this divide: Some don’t see the big deal, some do not think it’s acceptable. (LAHWF also has a video in which men try to kiss unsuspecting women.)
The fact that they did this on a college campus, instead of a busy street, doesn’t make it any better. One woman asks, after being picked up and handed off to another guy, if she’s “going to be passed around,” and it’s hard not to cringe at that statement. This it’s-just-a-joke mentality is dismissive. Women already have to look over their shoulders as they walk home. We field unwanted comments about our bodies from strangers on a daily basis.
These types of videos are teaching young men that this behavior is acceptable, that all you need to do to woo a woman is throw her over your shoulder, or force a massage on her, or force a kiss on her. That consent doesn’t really matter.
And now we have to watch as it’s turned into “entertainment.”
Screengrab via LAHWF/YouTube
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.