The thing about pranks, especially on strangers, is that you’ll never know how the victims might react. Some pranks are harmless and funny enough that the victim will laugh along after being fooled. But some pranks can be absolutely traumatising and triggering, especially to those who have gone through a terrible ordeal.
Previously, TikToker and actor, Izuan Razali received a lot of backlash for his hand grabbing prank which he clarified in a tearful apology video that it was all staged. Prior to that, another Malaysian YouTuber decided that it’d be funny to slap strangers as a prank. Recently, a new YouTuber is getting a lot of hate for pulling a prank that can actually get someone arrested.
A newbie YouTuber, Fakhrul Rishdan posted a prank video titled, “Aku Tarik Tudung Perempuan (Pulling Women’s Hijabs)”. According to the description, the video is meant to be a social experiment. The video has since gone viral, reaching over 84.6k views and 4.3k comments.
In the video, we can see the YouTuber targeting a total of 2 women as his victims. Both women appear to be all alone at their respective locations. The prankster slowly approached the victims and pulled their hijabs from behind. Both women reacted negatively but the second woman advised him to not do anything inappropriate.
The content creator ended the video by asking viewers for their comments and opinions and did not seem to care if netizens wanted to criticise and attack him for his actions. Netizens did exactly that and slammed Fakhrul for the triggering video. One Twitter user even reposted the video and encouraged everyone to report him.
After the immense backlash, a follow-up video was posted with the YouTuber clarifying that the social experiment was not about the victims, but the netizens themselves. Joining him were the 2 ‘victims’ in the prank video. They explained that the whole thing was staged and that they wanted to see how netizens would react.
According to the group, they claimed that netizens always criticised content creators without doing any research or properly analysing their content. They said that netizens would pick certain parts of a video to get others to join them in attacking the content creators.
Despite their efforts in getting their point across, the group received even more backlash from netizens who still feel that the content they produced is harmful. There are ways to get a message across without triggering anyone and we’re not sure what will become of these YouTubers.