Viral street harassment video faces racism allegations
IT IS everywhere this week.
The video of a conservatively-dressed woman in a shirt and jeans walking the streets of New York, minding her own business, but unable to avoid the constant attention or harassment from men.
Everything from "God bless you" to telling her to smile or "Hey what's up girl?", the video appears to show the struggle of a young woman, indeed any woman, who just wants to walk from A to B without receiving cat-calls at every turn.
But after racking up more than 8.8 million views on YouTube in just a couple of days, video creator and anti-harassment group Hollaback! may have its own case to answer.
As Slate writer Hanna Rosin points out: "It's a video of a young white woman who is harassed by mostly black and Latino men as she walks around New York City for ten hours".
Watch the video below:
Twitter users started asking if she walked through any white neighbourhoods.
Marketing firm Rob Bliss Creative helped create the video for Hollaback!, and responded to the criticism.
"We got a fair amount of white guys, but for whatever reason, a lot of what they said was in passing, or off camera" or was ruined by a siren or other noise," he said.
The end product "is not a perfect representation of everything that happened."
As Rosin puts it: if you find yourself editing out all the catcalling white guys, maybe you should try another take.
What do you think about the video?