Thanks for taking the time to read this letter. As fellow YouTubers, we have much respect for others who put so much hard work into building their channel. It’s not easy, and you should be proud! That said, we’ve noticed that in your success, there has been a lack of respect in return…namely, for women and girls.
You may have noticed that your latest video “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank” has garnered considerable negative attention. In this video, you sexually violate a number of unsuspecting women on the street, many of whom are visibly confused and upset at being touched by you without permission. One woman even says “I don’t like that!” while you proceed to laugh and touch her more. In “How to Make Out with Strangers”, made a year ago, you pressure women on camera to make out with you - again, many of whom are visibly uncool with it. Confused and caught off guard, they painfully follow through with your requests, clearly uncomfortable. In “How to Pick Up Girls with a Lasso”, you physically restrain women on the street with lassos - many of whom look alarmed to be restrained by a stranger on the street.
You’d probably be alarmed too, wouldn’t you? Imagine someone on the street comes up and rubs their hand on your bottom, or a girl walks up to you with a camera and forces her mouth onto yours while you’re trying to figure out what’s going on. Imagine walking down the alley alone, when a guy much larger than you physically restrains you with rope and pulls you toward him. You probably wouldn’t like it, right?
People don’t like to be violated and they don’t like to see their friends and girlfriends be violated either (hence the group of men that tried to beat you up in the lasso video). And yet, history suggests that perhaps you find this humorous. It is very disturbing that we live in a world where the violation of women and girls’ bodies is not only funny, but profitable, and can garner considerable notoriety and views on YouTube.
We are deeply disturbed by this trend and would like to ask you kindly, from one creator to another, to please stop. Please stop violating women and making them uncomfortable on the street for views. Please stop physically restraining them and pressuring them to be sexual when they are uncomfortable. Please show some respect for women’s right to their own bodies. While it may seem like harmless fun, a simple prank, or a “social experiment”, these videos encourage millions of young men and women to see this violation as a normal way to interact with women. 1 in 6 young women (real life ones, just like the ones in your video) are sexually assaulted, and sadly, videos like these will only further increase those numbers.
We realize that people make mistakes, and that sometimes it’s hard to see the ripple effect of one’s actions. We really hope that you will take a step back and consider the power you have to be someone who makes the world a better place. It’s not too late to make a change! We invite you to join us in ending widespread bodily violation that takes place in so many forms all around in the world.
Thanks so much.
Laci Green, Meghan Tonjes, Tyler Oakley, TomSka, ViHart, ALB, Ross Everett, Matt Lieberman, Meg Turney, Tom Flynn, Tyrannosaurus Lex, Arielle Scarcella, Dan at NerdCubed, Rachel Whitehurst, Hannah Witton, Jefferson Bethke, MusicalBethan, Kaleb Nation, Chris Thompson, Michael Buckley, Jared Oban, Liam Dryden, Sanne Vliegenthart, Bryarly Bishop, Nicola Foti, Chescaleigh
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dont be sorry! people should know.
ok so i went to vidcon in 2013, right? and he was there.
basically i got there a day or two early (i had gone with my friend imogen) so we decided to walk around the courtyard for a while and check out everything, bc i had never been to california before and i wanted to look around.
sam pepper was there, and he and whatever his friend’s name is were skateboarding around, flirting with this group of girls who were pretty clearly underage. me and my friend were talking to the side, not really caring what he was doing bc we didn’t really care about sam pepper.
but it was basically me + imogen, plus sam pepper, his friend, and these four-ish girls in the courtyard, and sam pepper skated over to us and offered us cigarettes (which is a disgusting thing to do, esp bc i was only 15, imogen was only 14 and we didn’t look any older).
he then laughed when we raised our eyebrows and were like “um, no, fuck off” and skated off, then continued flirting and teasing these girls and skating away when they tried to take selfies or w/e.
later, (after the con itself had started), i was in the hotel lobby with imogen + 2 girls we had met the other day and were friendly with and this little boy, (couldn’t have been more than 10 or 11 years old), with a camera around his neck and a notepad in his hand, walked up to sam pepper, (who was standing in his group, not really talking to anybody but surrounded by his friends), and clearly asked for an autograph or a picture or something, but sam pepper just looked at this kid, physically shoved him away (the kid stumbled!!!!) and then sam pepper laughed in his face before walking away. the kid was on the verge of tears, and me and my friends couldn’t believe what had happened.
the guy is a dick. the above is just my personal experience, not to mention his videos where he handcuffs himself to girls and forces them to kiss him before he lets them go, and his most recent one where he pinches girl’s butts (again, without their consent)
(the links go to his videos, so dont click them if ur trigged by any of this or if you dont want to support him in any way)
thank you all for your kind words last night the overwhelming pressure and stress that people put on you in senior year is unhealthy honestly and i still feel awful but i went to a friends birthday party last night and talked about memes for a couple of hours so things are a little better