Perhaps I'm beating a dead horse as there are already dozens of articles on the internet and videos on YouTube bashing, riffing or exposing prank channels, and of course there are a scant few that aren't cancer, but I think enough is enough. This entire blog is a message to YouTube showcasing the cheap, disgusting, often bigoted and inappropriate clickbait and desperation of just about the entire YouTube prank genre, with proof it's all tasteless and fake, just to show YouTube what they're allowing their advertisers to financially support. Almost like a relatively quick history lesson of why you should never ever support these channels and what rules they are breaking. Call it censorship all you want commenters but YouTube, the prank channels must be put to a permanent end one by one. They need to be banned.
If you've read my blog of follow my twitter and have seen my tweets telling YouTube to stop suggesting these awful unfunny obnoxious videos, you might be wondering why I'm just now ranting about prank channels even now that prank channels have been kind of weaving in and out of relevance. I've touched on the subject of prank channels briefly before in a blog about video piggybacking and stealing Facebook pages. But what ground my gears enough to really devote an entire blog post about these walking talking tumors, is the subject of child exploitation, Case in point, the recent DaddyOFive fiasco.
DaddyOFive has made the rounds on the news as of late, for pranking his own children for clicks. Philip DeFranco explained it all.
So clearly we see tons of torment, cruel pranks and casual violence between and sometimes towards their own sons, and some other pretty fucked up "pranks" that escalate to more torment on primarily the youngest of their sons Cody, and each time this mental and physical bullying occurs, the dad says "it's just a prank bro!" (The cop-out catch phrase of every single prankster on YouTube.) And we see signs of mental anguish on the face of the kid that gets targeted the most, as his older brothers continue to punch him in his face because they find it to be fun, and even the kid's mother calling him names for not taking this torment kindly. Tell me again this isn't child abuse. Go ahead. I'll wait. This is still child abuse to many of the most toxic degrees. This is the kind of abuse that makes kids go postal or commit murder suicide and I hope nobody in that household does.
Luckily they have deleted practically their whole channel and have made an apology video, but their apology seems scripted.
What makes it even worse, is that like Phillip said, they were incentivized because prank channels get buttloads of views and likes even during popularity lull periods, and they're sent free cool stuff by fans on top of the money they're making from this cancerous outdated content, and so they continue to bully their own kids and do fucked up things so they can continue to make money off of shady clickbait, lame humor and child endangerment.
If they weren't sickening enough, they sadly aren't the first and likely not the last to basically abuse or torment their kids for laughs and YouTube money. Not too long ago, some other dumbass on YouTube abused his kids on a disgusting prank and react channel.
(Granted I don't always agree with everything LewReviews says in his other videos like how not all feminism is fake, but when it comes to prank channels and the cancer they are, he's right.)
Not only is mentally tormenting, physically harming, verbally bullying or even drugging your kid's food even if it's just children's laxatives a form of child abuse, but filming it for your YouTube channels just to get those easy views and likes and YouTube cash is simply put child exploitation. It's douchebaggy piece of shit behavior and should never ever be condoned, and it shouldn't be incentivized under any circumstances by any company and shouldn't be categorized as comedy and definitely not "family entertainment" as subjective as humor may be. And when there are people out there who actually find these cruel "prank" videos that go beyond the guidelines and definition of what a prank is funny, this cancerous content might be making them dumber. Complacent enough to let toxic bullshit slide because the general defense from the sentient ruptured sphincters that make these videos is "It's just a prank bro!"
Child exploitation is just one of the lowest lows the prank genre has sunk into. And it only gets worse and worse from there!
The prank channels on YouTube have a long history of rampant sexism as well. Borderline misogyny to be precise. Sexism so bad, even anti-feminists and shitlords out there have complained and reported these awful channels for being sexist towards women. You'd be hard pressed to find anybody who actually defends them.
Case in point of YouTube prank misogyny, douchebags exploiting their own girlfriends for cheap views.
And this prick isn't the only one either!
If you are so desperate for clicks on a video, that you would risk the stability of your romantic relationship, then there is something wrong with you. And you don't even deserve to have a significant other. I'm not saying you shouldn't prank your girlfriend or boyfriend, but exploiting them for clicks and playing with their emotions this viciously proves that you are a manchild. or womanchild if you aren't male.
These videos are just some of the most toxic videos out there both for usually being fake to a degree, (more on that later,) and for the fact that they're literally using their significant others just for the sake of getting clicks and subsequent monetization. If views matter more than your relationship, you may not even really love the person you're exploiting.
And the sexism doesn't stop at manipulation of significant others either! It even escalates to sexual assault. There's a whole article about it!
Sam Pepper was one of the first if not the first YouTube prankster to cause a media frenzy over toxic content. And it took a while for the piece of shit to learn from his mistakes. While he was under fire for public sexual assault, he also made a "prank" about abduction and murder.
Luckily he didn't really murder anybody, but how can torment ever be considered a prank? And why should it be?
Most of the videos linked in those articles have since been removed, but while Sam Pepper may have moved on from toxic sexual assault and manslaughter pranks, he influenced a bunch of copycats who might be even sleazier than he is.
Just look at SoFlo Antonio. Before he was known for stealing and piggybacking off of other people's content or filming unbelievably fake reality TV inspired cheating videos, he was making hideously toxic "pranks." Most seemed comparatively light hearted enough, trying to get random girls on the street to kiss him and somehow not getting pepper sprayed, playing games with them to again, desperately get them to kiss him, sad stuff but not too illegal. But one prank in particular was suspect as fuck. That being, the date rape drug prank.
Even if it's just pretend, even if you hired actors, (which almost all YouTube pranksters do,) this shit is fucking toxic. Rape is a touchy subject enough and really hard to make a joke or skit on by itself. And GHB is one of the biggest catalysts in many rape cases. But to spike a random person's drink as a prank, even if it's not real GHB, is grounds for an ass whooping or better yet, a potential arrest, and I'm surprised YouTube allowed SoFlo to reopen his channel after he got temporarily banned for stealing other people's content. Most YouTube pranksters steal prank concepts all the time but that is just disgusting. Seriously what creepy bastard just slips anything in a random stranger's drink? That's not just douchebaggy and (if it's drugs) illegal, it's socially inept! The epitome of social ineptitude. Who even finds this "prank" unironically funny?
Or how about basically filming super softcore porn, where the prank is "whoopsie, I ejaculated in you and now you gotta carry my baby?" God these are stomach churning.
If this prank was real, this guy would be in jail right now or at least being sued up the ass. And those YouTube riches would be going straight to child support. Why are these guys even verified by YouTube and allowed to have a brand?
That brings me to another corner of the prank channel cancer. Soft porn with no age restrictions.
(A lot of these will be h3h3 or LewReview videos or Vice articles making fun of these awful channels rather than the actual pranks because I like supporting actual comedy and not the individual pranks channels themselves.)
These videos aren't even real pranks! They're just make out videos that sometimes have teased softcore porn in them. But whats worse, is that despite their TV MA nature, the fanbase and target demographic are almost exclusively 9-13 year old boys. Minors. You're making lame soft porn for minors. Prankinvasion is even trying to make his fans believe it's real, with his own shady "how to be a playboy" seminars.
That's just fucked isn't it! It's training people on how to be creeps and sexual predators. Why isn't this guy banned?
And when it isn't soft porn, sexism, assault, child abuse, emotional abuse of another loved one or general obnoxiousness, these pranks can even get racist. Excruciatingly racist.
Basically what goes down in each of these, is the host goes up to a random grouping of people of a certain color, spouts some racist insults or accusations their way, and then gets the fuck beat out of him for it as he screams "it's just a prank bro!!" over and over and reminds his attacker that they're on camera. Tell me exactly who really finds these funny and why they give in to such grotesque and largely unoriginal shock material?
Some have even made racist prank and "social experiment" videos (more on "social experiments" a little bit ahead) that often portray black people as ill tempered violent hood rats, and the white or otherwise non-black host who egged them on with racial slurs or ignorant political views as the victim Case in point, Joey Salads.
Videos like the kind Joey Salads makes are the kind of malignant cancer that make people ignorant to what progressive movements like Black Lives Matter or even feminism are really about. As it makes people ignorant enough to believe it's all orchestrated to spread anti-male or anti-white hatred, when that's really just the toxic crazy few. They aren't all SJWs, most actually fight for social justice.
These videos are a breeding ground for racism and racial tension especially when they're shared on Facebook and YouTube. It's race baiting. They only make white racists even more vicious with every lie about the black community, every staged skit always stereotyping blacks as violent, and the fact that they kind of promote racism by masking it as a prank. Even if you by nature aren't racist, even if you have a few black or hispanic friends etc, even if you don't view middle easterns as terrorists or all blacks as thugs etc, saying racist shit or acting racist as a prank to get a rise out of people or even to get banned from a chat room or to get your ass kicked on camera, is still an act of racism.
Some pranksters like these have also taken to dubbing some of their pranks with a political edge "social experiments." Which whether left or right wing, are completely politically inept, and in the case of the more right wing ones, are pretty bigoted. Like how the OCKTV guys (more on them later) think they deserve to get their dicks wet just for asking someone out.
You see, that just makes us guys look bad. Nobody can come out a hero for demanding that you say yes to their sexual advances. If she turns you down, she turned you down. Telling her she's gonna be lonely just for saying no to you just makes YOU the pathetic loser in the ordeal not her. Not to mention, it proves how narcissistic you are for thinking you're that desirable that nobody can turn you down. It's fucking gross man. No means no.
Much like the "BLM members attack Trump voters" video Joey Salads got exposed on, this and pretty much every other "social experiment" video out there is just your average "prank" video with a slightly more sentimental edge almost like they're trying to recruit you over to their political affiliation no matter how inept it may be. Which might be slightly more cancerous than the prank videos!
But perhaps the biggest source of income for these social experiment producers, is abusing the homeless. Homeless people to them are like Spiderman and Elsa for disguised children's video pranksters. (More on that later) Just look at all these!
They've even made their way to video piggybacking Facebook pages like "Now I've seen everything" which basically relay this cancer. It's like a cancer sandwich!
Now if you shared these before reading this, I can't call you an idiot because you didn't know these videos are faker than Breitbart. But do you know who are the biggest defenders of these fake "homeless experiment" videos? The gullible end of the highly religious.
(Exactly how can you see God in someone who hires actors for a fake experiment and tells you it's real?)
These "social experiments" don't help the homeless, they exploit them! If you're hiring actors to pretend to be homeless and making these videos that are supposed to empower people into sharing them, you are doing literally NOTHING to help the homeless, poor or sick. NOTHING what so ever. These are insulting the homeless more than they are helping them! Which if you are making these fake videos, then that makes you a douchebag! Just go throw some YouTube money at actual homeless people without having to set things up! These are the video equivalent of those malignant "1 LIKE = 1 PRAYER" photos using stolen images of babies with tumors who have already been cured, or who might have unfortunately died by the time their photos are downloaded and used for clickbait.
Basically, these fake charity case experiments are just marketing ploys these producers cook up to make themselves seem like better people than they actually are, after making hideously toxic content in between the tear jerking "experiments."
"I pranked the shit out of my ex girlfriend for not wanting to be around me anymore but I like the idea of helping the poor am I not a dick now?" Fuck off.
And like you just saw, they even stage fake "HOMELESS PRANK" videos where they prank and mock the homeless. The writing is on the wall! They barely give a damn about the homeless. They're just using your emotions for cheap shares so they can keep that fraud video money flowing. They are YouTube's biggest frauds and liars.
These are like a combination of "LIKE 4 JESUS IGNORE 4 SATAN" pictures, prank "GONE SEXUAL" videos and fake news articles all wrapped into one. But what really makes me sick to my stomach about all of these fake as hell "experiments" is that just like those tumor baby "1 LIKE = FACEBOOK DONATES $15" spam photos and religious spam "TYPE AMEN" pictures, there are people out there who would much rather share a FAKE social experiment using actors pretending to be homeless or a clickbait picture using Jesus or Mohammad to bait likes and shares or a clickbait photo using stolen images of those in need and telling you "you'll be cured if you ignore," rather than actually donating money to those in need and helping REAL homeless people. If you REALLY care about the homeless, STOP SHARING HOMELESS EXPERIMENT VIDEOS. Donate to an actual charity helping the homeless. There's hundreds of them pick one!
By now you might seen one of the biggest patterns as to why these channels suck. They're all FAKE.
Every single one of these channels use actors, stage skits to try and look real like reality TV, promote negative stereotypes of other genders and cultures, breed racial tension and toxic behavior among their fans, and lie to them telling them it's real which makes them dumber. The writing is on the wall, and yet their fans fall for it hook line and sinker. If anything, the only people really being pranked are the viewers themselves!
Plus the actors who are in these videos, are booked in one of the most creepy back alley shady ways possible.
Not only is this creepy, it's also ignorant as hell to the Muslim community. It's like putting a rag on your head and calling yourself a Sikh. It would be religious racism.
And when it isn't any of the above cancer, these pranksters have taken to making fake children's entertainment videos, which basically prank the viewer into watching inappropriate and just gross content literally tricking kids into giving them clicks. One of those abusers being the former OCK TV guys!
Now I know that if the fans of any of these producers see this blog, they're gonna likely give me the usual defense they give all these wastes of sperm and egg whenever someone says "these guys can fuck themselves." So allow me to give them my rebuttals before they even comment (if they even do comment lol)
"If you hate them so much, don't watch!": I don't. It's just that YouTube keeps suggesting them to me and to just about everyone who has a YouTube account even if you click "Not interested." The only videos about them I watch are from people riffing them and showcasing why it's fake.
"You hate prank channels for being fake yet you like wrestling.": That's because wrestling hardly tries to tell people it's totally real anymore, the physicality, violence and injuries real even if it's scripted, the fans know the difference between what's a shoot (real) and what's kayfabe, (fake) and wrestling is generally too awesome for me to stop supporting it! Plus wrestling doesn't teach sexist or racist or otherwise bigoted morals through fake stunts pitched as reality anymore unless Vince Russo is booking.
"You're just lying I saw GOD in that man giving to the homeless. Yer goin' ta HELL!" Well I've actually donated money to children's charities like Child's Play and St. Jude, I don't believe fake experiments and pranks, and I don't literally condemn those I disagree with to hell so if I'm gonna run with your logic, then say hi to Satan for me.
"u r an h8r and u need to stfu feg": Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating for the sake of hating, hardly anybody does, these people are really fucking cancerous and are directly breaking YouTube's user guidelines and terms of service on what is and what isn't appropriate. Also work on your grammar.
"you're jealous!!!!!": No, I'm not. You see, jealousy is envy with a hint of frustration, anger or hatred. Or suspicion and envy toward someone you may think is trying to get with your significant other. Or again, hatred based on envy. Why would I or anybody really be jealous about someone who abuses children, sleeps around on their significant others, dresses up as a terrorist or KKK member for lulz or even pretends to commit a crime just so they get beat up on camera in the hood? My disdain for pranksters is not based on envy of any kind even over the views they receive, my disdain for them and my reason as to why they all need to be banned is because of their racist, sexist or otherwise toxic sense of humor tailor made for idiots. And the fact they're all shysters lying to you.
"you're just another triggered SJW cuck go get a job": First of all, do you even know what a cuckold is? Supporting women has nothing to do with letting significant others cheat on you. Secondly no, I'm not an SJW. By definition of what an SJW is, that would involve hating all whites males and straight people because of the few that are bigoted and trying to relate everything around me to sexism and racism. Which I don't. I find these asshats to be sexist and racist, because they're filming actually sexist racist cancerous content and trying to pass it off as a joke. They actually do promote racism and rape culture to a degree and spread ignorance about progressive movements enough that it makes defenders like you toxic enough to relate ALL progressives and outcries of sexism to being a triggered SJW. Also I am looking for a job what does my income have to do with being right or wrong?
And unrelated to the defenders,
"by posting these riffs about pranks you might be giving them attention ignore them": Admittedly you have a point. But making a call to attention and telling major companies to stop supporting toxic content is the first step to the cancer being eradicated.
So what can be done about these awful prank channels? Well it's simple. Report every single one. Even if you think that flagging is censorship.
Every cancerous prank channel uses misleading titles and thumbnails, which breaks YouTube's TOS on misleading content. Some of the videos they make are racist or racially questionable, so you can report those select ones for racism. Some are pornographic in nature, so those you can report for sexual content and at least get unmonetized. But most importantly, get all your friends that care to do the same and mass flag every one of these channels. You don't even have to watch the videos! Just follow my lead.
And if YouTube tells you "we found nothing wrong," (which happens often,) then you can petition them. But most of all, share this blog around to get YouTube to finally shut down the cancerous channels leaching money from them.
Just please. Don't support these horrible prank and social experiment channels. Don't like their content, don't share their content, don't even share the stolen Facebook versions of their videos. They are literally using you to get cheap views and a cheap paycheck which makes them false businesses. They've been an ever growing tumor on the body of YouTube that only gets worse and worse with every trend and controversy among the pranking community making fake and misleading content that is directly breaking the terms of service on far too many levels. They all need to be terminated immediately and banned permanently.
Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments section.