Here’s How Not To Respond When You're Caught Making A Fake Viral Video
20 November 2015, 16:15
So you know how we all love Social Experiments?
Yeah...well, anyway - Adrian Gee is a YouTuber known for his pranks and social experiments, which have racked him up millions of video views and nearly 200,000 subscribers. Recently he debuted a brand new social experiment, in which he pretended to be blind and asked strangers to make change for a five dollar note (he's Australian)...BUT HERE'S THE TWIST, GANG: it's not a five dollar note - it's a FIFTY dollar note! Say whaaat! The audience then watches as people either reveal the mistake to the supposedly blind man, or simply say nothing and take the money from him like heartless thief-dogs. This video went super-viral and caught the attention of millions.
Except - It Was All Faked
None of the people that Gee met on the street were actual strangers. They were actors he had hired from a talent agency, for the specific purpose of pretending to be random pedestrians in this video.
The worst part is that the actors just did as they were directed (as actors tend to), so when some of them 'stole' the money from the 'blind' man, they weren't doing it because they're horrible people, but simply because that's what they had been directed to do. This has meant that these actors, (such as the man pictured in the GIF above), have been made to look like horrible, horrible people, because they've been filmed doing a nasty thing, but it has not be stated anywhere (until now) that they weren't doing it for real. Now, to be fair - the actors faces were blurred, but in the case of the actor above, his distinctive arm scar meant that he was recognised as a 'blind-person-abusing-thief' nonetheless.
The Lies Were Revealed In A TV Interview And It's Beautiful To Watch
When is the best time to call Adrian out on his nonsense? Why, right in the middle of a filmed Tv interview of course! And that's precisely what a 'Today Tonight' reporter did, producing tons of physical evidence and directly questioning Gee about it. Now, you would think that once Adrian had been presented with that much irrefutable evidence, he would just throw his hands up, admit what he's done and say sorry. But nah: he decided to just go for a broke and be a smug liar - then literally run away:
The most recent top comments on the original video pretty much sum up what the reaction from the public has been:
(Banana always knew.)
(Yikes. Pretty much)
(Calvin pretty much nails it there.)
How Did Adrian Respond?
Aside from running away from the TV interview, Adrian has given some other, limited responses to the issue. Gee went on the app Periscope to explain himself, saying that:
"If you asked me would I film that video from the start if I knew this was going to happen, I would probably say no."
He also argued that no one was hurt by the stunt and that it was "just entertainment." That argument definitely has some merit, but it conveniently ignores the fact that he deliberately mislead his audience. To that end, Gee has updated the description of the original video, which now reads:
"DISCLAIMER: This video is in fact 'staged' and the majority of the people you see are in fact actors. I'm not proud of what I did and I honestly don't know what to say or how to react because this is just way to overwhelming right now."
Will this affect his success? Probably absolutely not - because (depressingly) that's not really how the internet works. But it's interesting to follow the story as it happens. What do you think about the whole thing? Let us know in the comments below and we'll all have a nice chat about it.