A British YouTuber has been criticized for a video he is made pretending to throw acid on residents.
Arya Mosallah, a U.Ok.-based YouTube star, doused folks in London within the face with water. Within the video, Mosallah runs away as his targets scream in horror. The clip, which reached greater than 1.6 million views, has since been taken down from YouTube. The positioning mentioned the video violated its coverage on “harassment and bullying,” the Day by day Beast reported.
The prank video got here below fireplace because of a lot of horrific “acid assaults” within the nation. In August, Fox Information reported that acid assaults have change into the weapon of selection for British attackers. The variety of reported assaults utilizing corrosive liquids rose from 261 in 2015 to 454 in 2016. In April 2017, two folks have been left partially blinded after acid was sprayed at a crowded east London nightclub.
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Different comparable high-profile assaults embody a 25-year-old man accused of throwing acid at an aspiring mannequin and her cousin as they sat of their automotive.
Mosallah, who has greater than 667,000 followers on his YouTube channel, is understood for joke-style movies and has vowed to proceed the “acid assault” joke if he reached 150,000 likes.
Acid assaults victims weren’t impressed. Eliot Cole, who mentioned he misplaced his eye from an acid assault, tweeted the joke was “horrendous.”
“If this individual was brandishing a toy gun to joke terrorize folks, the police can be known as into handle the scenario. That is no completely different.”
Mosallah launched a video claiming the media was “slandering” him.
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“You’re (the media) crying over one video that was a joke and was by no means meant to be for these previous boring folks,” Mosallah mentioned.
Mosallah’s video comes simply weeks after YouTube took down star Logan Paul’s controversial video displaying a physique hanging in a Japanese forest often known as a suicide spot. YouTube responded by slicing enterprise ties with Paul over the video.
The Related Press contributed to this report.