Uploaded to YouTube following the Orlando massacre which claimed the lives of 49 revelers at Pulse nightclub on June 12, a video capturing a social experiment conducted to test reactions to a man dropping a small case in front of unwitting New Yorkers is stirring anger online.
Produced by Internet nonentity Joey Saladino and an acquaintance known as Mr. Croutons, the video has engendered over 43,000 comments, most of which express displeasure with Mr. Saladino’s experiment in the aftermath of the most devastating mass murder in American history.
Some comments indicate Mr. Saladino should be permanently banned from YouTube, or worse.
The video depicts Mr. Saladino’s accomplice, Mr. Croutons, dressed in an ankle-length, long-sleeved Arab garb known as a thawb fast approaching nescient bystanders and dropping a small silver case at their feet while shouting Allahu Akbar, which is Arabic for “God is great.”
In several of the scenes captured by Saladino, frightened persons flee.
In contrast, in the second half of the video, Mr. Saladino, dressed in a gray shirt and jeans, casually strolls by ignorant pedestrians, drops the case and walks away uttering “Praise Jesus.”
In scenes following the shout “Praise Jesus,” all bystanders continue on with their daily activities.
Mr. Saladino says he has received death threats in the aftermath and told one media outlet some outraged viewers have searched the Internet for his personal information and posted it online.
Defending his rights to post the video, Saladino said:
“I’m not changing anything. It was not a negative against Muslims in any way. It’s just a video.”
Hoping to become an overnight Internet celebrity, two bored men took a half hour of their time hoping to waste five minutes of our time. This has become known as “click bait.” We hope Mr. Saladino enjoyed wasting a few hours with his accomplice, Mr. Croutons.
It is difficult to determine what Mr. Saladino and Mr. Croutons are attempting to accomplish here: Either they are attempting to fuel outrage or they decided to make public a video they created to satisfy a requirement for a sociology class at a nearby junior college.
For those predisposed to think the worst of Muslims, Saladino’s video cannot be used to educate otherwise. In the future, Mr. Saladino and his pal, Mr. Croutons, should allow experts to assemble data to gauge Americans attitudes toward members of Islam.
Saladino’s crude video is socially and educationally worthless.
It is abundantly clear Mr. Salads devised this video to enhance his viewership on YouTube and increase his following on Twitter.
Badly miscalculating with this feeble publicity stunt, Saladino found it provoked a bitter response, including a few death threats. Such a reaction is understandable, unless, of course, Mr. Saladino fabricated the death threats along with his lame video.
[RT News] [Christian Daily]