YouTuber Who Threw Water At People Is Getting Criticised For Imitating ‘Acid Attacks’

29 January 2018, 17:33 | Updated: 29 January 2018, 17:44

Arya Mosallah throws water in people's faces for a prank
Arya Mosallah throws water in people's faces for a prank. Picture: YouTube
Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

The 'prank' was obnoxious enough, without the added terror of acid attacks

A YouTuber has been slammed for pulling a 'prank' in which he throws water into strangers' faces. We place the word 'prank' in quotation marks because... that's not a prank. That's not even slightly how pranks work.

YouTuber Arya Mosallah, of the channel ItzArya was the mastermind behind this invasion of innocent peoples' private space. It is not clear if he thought it was a good idea, although with prank channels 'good' rarely comes into it - it's all about shock value.

The situation is made worse due to the fact that London, where the prank was filmed has seen a huge rise in acid attacks in the last few years.

What happened?

How does this relate to acid attacks?

Instances of acid attacks in London have risen by 78% sharply in the last two years, mainly as part of gang warfare, or smash-and-grab robberies. One boy, Derryck John (17) threw acid in the faces of six individual people people in a single night as part of a crime spree in June 2017.

As a result, public fear of being the victim of an acid attack has naturally increased. This makes the prospect of a stranger running up and throwing liquid in your face even more distressing than it would normally be. Commenters online and on the video expressed horror and disappointment at the sheer stupidity of the video - and at the fact that Arya was content to cause total strangers so much misery.