I giggled the entire way through this.
I love that this relies on our collective understanding of ballet as an unforgiving pursuit of synchronization, cleanliness and unison. I had a friend in college, a percussionist, who said that someone was only ever really talented at their craft once they could tell jokes not about it, but with it. And he could, reliably, tell very funny “jokes” using only his drum set–no words, no funny faces–because he knew what about Drums™ people understood and took for granted and expected. He could hint at those expectations and then very suddenly and expertly deny them, producing the kind of cognitive shift that causes people to laugh. This ballet video very much reminds me of him, and his idea: that there is a level of craft beyond just being good at doing the thing. You also have to understand what the general public understands as the mark of goodness within the thing. Only then are you capable of subverting it, whether that be for humor, commentary, innovation, whatever.
This is amazing.
"Did I mention that there’s no pumpkin in your pumpkin spice latte? It’s nutmeg (and a few other spices). In other words, that delicious sip of fall you just imbibed is actually a pure simulacrum, of that fourth order."
This is perfect[ly unreal].
This is the most idea channellist (idea channelling?) article I’ve ever seen outside of Idea Channel.
Here is a list of every Sam Pepper video with over a million views in which he touches people (overwhelmingly women) without their consent:
How to Make out With Strangers (15M+ views, kisses strangers without consent, one woman repeatedly says “no” before he kisses her)
How to get a Girlfriend (3,236,210 views, Sam handcuffs himself to women on the street, many of whom are visibly upset and ask him to stop, to which he refuses. The thumbnail is a picture of him kissing a woman he coerces consent from after he agrees to remove the handcuffs in exchange for a kiss)
Fingering Strangers in Public (2,400,383 views , sam uses a fake finger on a long pole to touch both men and women)
How To Steal Girlfriends (2,339,001 views, Sam holds women’s hands without their consent, many of whom are visibly upset)
Hugging Hard Guys (2,400,318 views, Sam walks up to men and hugs them without their consent or warning. Most people don’t like it and tell him not to touch them.)
How to Pick Up Girls with a Lasso (1,149,988 views, Sam and a friend restrain women with lassos, many of whom are visibly upset)
Licking Strangers with The Dudesons Prank (1,118,420 views, the title says it all. The tongue is fake, but they’re still touching men and women without their consent. Most people really don’t like it.)
Epic Alien Outbreak Prank (1,010, 467 views, guy in scary makeup shows up, chases a woman, repeatedly screams “Don’t touch me!” before the guy in makeup wraps both arms around her.)
Sam Pepper has made a huge amount of money touching people, men AND women, without their consent and then broadcasting their discomfort and upset. He’s done it over and over and over again.
Even if the two most controversial videos were scripted and faked, sampepper's latest stunt is like Betty Crocker taking a stand against brownies.
BONUS : In his video “InstaWhore Prank” Sam sets up an interaction with a woman specifically in order to call her a whore. That’s the whole point of the video: to call a woman a whore. 2,400,318 views.
Asked by Anonymous
Hey Soerja – first things first: you have a rad name.
Second things second: you are too kind! I might some day write another book. I say “another” because my friends Patrick, Stephen and I wrote a book about the internet and the funny pictures of cats we keep on it a while ago.
We’ve yet to publish that book because of the legal complications in publishing a book with, like, 200+ images made by people who were either anonymous or hard to get ahold of because… y’know… internet. Once that process is done (and it’s still going), I plan on taking a Writing A Book Vacation and then after that I’ll think about what the next book might be. If any.
Books is hard week doe
Hi, my name is Sam Pepper and I use women’s bodies as props and turn sexual assault into cold hard cash.
This is Sam Pepper. If you don’t know who he is, Sam is a successful YouTube prankster with over 2 million subscribers. He recently uploaded a video titled “Fake Hand Ass Pink Prank" where he pinched unsuspecting girls’ butts without their permission. None of this was done with the girls’ consent…meaning Sam Pepper sexually harassed and assaulted these women.
This is no longer a “simple, harmless prank” but rather a very serious matter and offence. If you haven’t seen the video yet, you can watch, dislike, and report it HERE. You can also take the pledge to help stop sexual violence at itsonus.org. Please do not let Sam get away with this kind of behavior. He crossed the line and needs to be held responsible for his disgusting actions.