I spend basically all of my free time on the internet, and if I'm watching something, chances are its on YouTube. Perhaps you are the exact same way. If you are, you probably have heard a lot of people talking about some conversational things with Sam Pepper.
If you don't know what I'm talking about at all, let me explain. Sam Pepper is a British YouTuber who has lived in Los Angeles, California for a while. He has made a lot of prank videos in the past, and some were harmless, but in the past few months they appear to get more and more dangerous. There has been staged muggings, and all sorts of things. All are pretty messed up, but in this last one, he was going around with a fake arm, pinching women's butts just to see what they would do. Outraged, the internet blew up. This includes fellow YouTubers, much like Sam, speaking up against what he did. Some are even trying to get him removed from YouTube.
His video, and follow up video where he did the same thing to men, have both been removed from YouTube and his account was suspended for a short while. A girl came out stating that she had no idea who he was at the time, but he came into her work, and was interested in her. She said she would not hang out with him, but ultimately did upon hearing who he was from all her friends who thought she was crazy for turning him down. Apparently she should have listened to her gut, and its a shame that she didn't. His invitation ended up in rape in the middle of the night, and another YouTuber spoke up saying he actually asked her out (as a minor, by the way) and tried to put some moves on her. She stopped him though, and he ultimately ended up blaming her for "leading him on", as if she lead him to believe he was going to get laid. All she did was agree to a date at the movies. She was sixteen, he was twenty three. Why would you even assume such a thing out of someone seven years younger than you?
I have been a subscriber of Sam Pepper for a while now, but I have never been big on his videos. If I'm perfectly honest, I originally subscribed because I saw a video of him talking about his tattoos and the vibe I got off of him was all good things. And then I kept watching his videos, and decided over all, there was something just not quite right about him. I just couldn't quite place what that 'not right' thing about him was. His prank videos were something I never liked, and I do think maybe they were part of the reason why I thought something was off about him, because most of them were harassment in some way. They weren't 'pranks', where you simply confused the public with some crazy antics. I have never understood why someone would find videos where he's fake jumping people, and handcuffing strangers to him until he kissed him to be funny.
Its kind of that gut feeling in my stomach that he wasn't a 'good person' why I'm sadly, not surprised that this is all coming out. What actually sort of makes me sick is that he's not even trying to own up to his mistakes, but rather creating more questionable content to back it up. He's claiming the video, and the one following it was a social experiment, and suddenly he's an activist against sexual harassment or something. That's actually why that girl spoke up finally, because its just too messed up that he's claiming that, when she, and only she, knew the truth.
He has his supporters, and I admit, I have my people I would try to defend too, but this is just not okay. I'm not writing this to call out Sam Pepper, though I guess by saying all of this, I am doing just that. I am actually writing it because this is just another reminder that you cannot believe everything you see on the internet. Its also a reminder that really bad things do happen sometimes, and as depressing of a reminder as that is, its kind of a necessary one. You can protect yourself and your friends from it though. Don't go meet up with someone you don't know by yourself, and try to meet in public.
I also wanted to write this whole thing up, because it really just got me thinking, and I think everyone should know by now that if I get to thinking on something, chances are there will be something about it online.
Stay safe, guys.
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