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This girl pretends to be drunk. Now watch what these men do

Viral social experiment video proves just how unsafe the world still is for women

By Jamie Khoo | Published: 19 Nov 2014

Video: Stephen Zhang

[Updated 19 November 2014] It has been revealed that this video is a hoax, where not only the girl but all the men involved were hired actors. The girl on this video, which has since been taken down, has spoken up and apologsised. In an apology video she has posted on YouTube, Jennifo Box explained that she was hired as an actress "in what was described to me as a light-hearted prank show" but says that she would never have participated in it if she knew the extent of the damage that would be caused. She also says, "For the record, every male seen in this video were nothing but perfect gentlemen."

The Smoking Gun also reports that the men in the video were not given full details about the video and approached just to partake in a "comedic, hidden camera" video. The last man to appear on the video, Mike "Koshii" Koshak confirmed on his Facebook page that the whole gig “was all staged and all of the people in it were acting.... [it] does not portray myself or any of the other people in it correctly"  

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There's a new social experiment doing some pretty fast rounds on the Internet right now, and this time it's even uglier than the video on verbal street harassment, released late October.

Using hidden cameras, serial entrepreneur Stephen Zhang captures five guys' responses to a girl they think is drunk (she's pretending), who's wandering Hollywood Boulevard in LA trying to find a bus.

The results are horrifying. Four out of the five guys immediately try to take her back to their homes, with some pretending to offer her even more beer. Only one of the five helps her down the stairs and to the bus stop she's looking for.

Let's recap the stats – that's 80% of the test subjects who have no qualms taking advantage of a drunk girl in broad daylight, in the middle of a very busy area. Sadly, nobody else steps in to help, take her away from the sleazy dudes or bring her to a safe place.

The video has already logged more than 900,000 views. That might be a good thing if it's waking people up to the dangers women still face and making society a safer place.

But it gets worse. Below the video, the majority of the comments – more than 3,200 at the time of writing – are vitriolic, cynical and hateful, not towards the men in the video but towards either the girl or the video's creators. Commenters claim the video is "fake", deliberately edited to "promote feminazi, anti-male propaganda," and that not all men are like this. Some start blaming women instead.

If you ask us, the real social experiment isn't in the video. It's in these comments. It's in every person who mocks a woman's safety and a society who still shames women just for being themselves. A fair and equal world? We still have a long way to go.

Related: This man's comments about harassment are so wrong
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