It feels like we’re stuck in an endless loop of hearing MORE stories about YouTube pranksters crossing ethical lines and getting themselves in a heap of trouble. Following the removal of Sam Pepper from the Internet a few weeks back in addition to SoFloAntonio getting the justice slap he deserves, the law has finally come around to sort out the Australian prank family, the Jalal Brothers.
After their “drive by shooting prank” and “bomb prank social experiment” videos sent SURGES of hatred and anger towards the trio, counter-terrorism agents have stepped in to arrest the brothers and charge them with being a “public nuisance” and “behaving in an offensive manner”. In the videos, the boys are seen dressed in traditional Arab clothing and frightening the general public with imitation guns and bombs.
In the past, Victoria Police have tried to censor the videos or have them taken down, but since they are “held offshore” by YouTube, they have been unsuccessful. Instead, 30 officers stormed their Melbourne house, seizing all their toy guns/costumes/computers and interrogating them for over six hours. A spokesperson from the Victoria Police Force has stated that their YouTube material is “completely unacceptable” and often “criminal“, hence why they were arrested by counter-terrorism agents instead of regular officers.
The Jalal Brothers have tried to fight back by saying that they were racially profiled, comparing the severity of their arrests with a “bomb prank” Vitaly Zdorovetskiy did in the US, which resulted in zero charges. They’ve also come out claiming that their “drive-by shooting video” was a fake, with the everyone in the video being played by an actor.
Victoria Police have no intentions to drop the charges against the Jalal’s, and the two adult brothers will be facing court in May 2016. They have been banned from posting similar content onto their YouTube channel and have been dubbed by counter-terrorism experts as “young idiots” in the seething Australian press.