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Hollaback Viral Video Continues to Grab Headlines

By now, most of us are familiar with the Hollaback organization’s video that has taken on a viral social debate involving street harassment.

Reactions to the video that displayed constant catcalling from men as a Latina woman strolled the streets of New York for 10 hours, ranged from annoyance to a few “this is nothing new” comments.  Our Editorial Director, Kyra Kyles found herself going back and forth with a few fellas via Facebook.

The video is quite effective and as women, we can get called everything from beautiful to the b-word in a matter of seconds from the same dude and at worse receive sexual threats, if they don’t receive a response. The purpose of the video is understood.

And it is reaping the intended results…stimulating conversation, some productive and some (solidly) critical.

Holla Black?

Throughout t the experimentm only Black and Latino men are shown spewing ‘Hey baby’s and explicit lines, while comments from White males were edited out.Now, we get into a conversation dealing with race politics.The marketing agency that partnered with Hollaback to create the video, Rob Bliss Creative, addressed the lack of white men in a post on reddit:

“We got a fair amount of white guys, but for whatever reason, a lot of what was said was in passing, or off camera.”

Further in the comment thread Bliss acknowledges that the YouTube video was not a perfect representation of everything that happened.

Apparently, this is not the first time Robert Bliss turned a blind eye to race. You can read more about that HERE.

Saturday Night Fever

Newcomer to Saturday Night Live, Michael Che, waded into the controversy and may have just inserted a giant foot in his mouth.  The comic and “Weekend Update” newbie seemed to be expressing via social media that a number of the catcalls were merely compliments.  A sarcastic post of his allegedly ragging on the video  has since vanished into the Internet ether…well, not altogether as The Hollywood Reporter and Business Insider reveals HERE.

It’s a Man’s World

The vid also caught  a parody. Already.  Watch and let us know if this White gentleman strolling down the street to cries of “want to network with me?” and offers of pumpkin spice lattes made you laugh.  Check it out below.

 

What are your thoughts on this video? Why do you think it is causing so much controversy and stimulating conversation? Share in comments below.