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Controversial YouTube prankster Joey Salads wanted to make a societal statement with his latest video, but instead all he’s managed to do is make pretty much everyone angry.
The timing couldn’t have been worse. Salads decided the day after the Orlando massacre would be the perfect time to release a “social experiment” comparing public reaction when a man wearing a white thawb runs past people and drops a silver suitcase while yelling “Allahu Akbar” vs. a man in normal clothing doing the same thing, except yelling “Praise Jesus.”
More tasteless still, in a supposed effort to draw views Salads tagged the video with the words ‘Orlando gay club,’ ‘Orlando shooting,’ and ‘Orlando massacre.’
Not surprisingly, the reactions from the ‘pranked’ people are completely different. After all – and I had to check the news for this – the world doesn’t seem to have much of a problem with Christian youth pastors who moonlight as terrorist bombers.
But, Salads’ depiction of the Muslim ‘bomber’ raised ire, particularly because of the cultural clothing he wore. Famous Palestinian-American Youtuber Yousef Erakad, known as FouseyTube (with over 11 million subscribers), was an especially vocal critic on social media, calling the video “one of the most disgusting videos ever uploaded to YouTube.”
Erakad continued, “I’m sick and tired of people relating the word terrorist to Islam in any way shape or form.
“Why is the Christian in your experiment dressed in normal clothing? If you were going to say anything and you wanted to push a stereotype have the other character dress as KKK and now tell me it’s okay.”
The comments, now closed, are filled with outrage and profit accusations over Salads’ timing, his meta tags and his depiction of the Islamic terrorist. To deflect some of the criticism, Joey now intends to donate the money from the video to the victims and families of the Orlando massacre.
Responding to critics, Salads wrote under the video, “Seems people are disliking before understanding the concept of this video. This video shouldn’t offend anyone, it simply opens up a dialogue to a tragedy. This video will raise questions to why certain things happen, watch the WHOLE video to understand.”
In an ironic twist regarding someone who apparently wanted to make a video exposing preconceived notions about Muslims wearing thawbs and tossing briefbases while yelling “Allahu Akbar,” Salads now says he is receiving death threats from Muslims who follow FouseyTube.
Watch the video below:
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