A woman harassed in NYC no less than 108 times in just 10 hours did not suffer alone. The attractive female, an actress by the name of Shoshana Roberts, got involved in this video experiment that is shocking viewers across the nation. Wearing only a black shirt and a pair of tight jeans, WHO TV News reports this Tuesday, October 28, 2014, that a hidden camera followed her as she was catcalled, whistled at, and eerily followed numerous times throughout the day.
Featured in a recording quickly going viral, the woman harassed NYC video showcases Shoshana Roberts being bothered by dozens of men in just a number of hours. The catch in this contemporary social experiment, viewers ask? Unbeknownst to the many catcallers, a hidden camera was being used to follow Roberts’ every move on the streets of New York City as she tried to pass by without duress — and getting some form of unwanted attention 108 times.
For those who would like to check out the hit YouTube video, it was uploaded earlier this week via user Hollaback (the actual clip is linked) to the media recording website. Hollaback is a non-profit group that strives to bring an end to harassment, primarily harassment towards women in the streets, to a final end in various locations across the nation.
Roberts can be seen walking quietly through a few neighborhoods throughout the NYC area during the social experiment project. As some audiences may expect, others weren’t so quiet towards her in return. The viral video reveals the woman being harassed by a number of men throughout the city, all of whom are strangers to Shoshana.
Fox 40 News notes that the dark-haired actress was “harassed” in different forms a total of 108 times in the 10 hours. There are a few scenes in particular that stand out as particularly shocking. For those who flick through the live recording of the head-shaking footage, there is one time in the video in which Roberts is followed by a man — for over five minutes. Some time afterwards in the clip, she is later nearly yelled at by a male, also a stranger, who is trying (and failing) to give the woman his personal phone number.
Throughout the New York City set upload, viewers can clearly hear and see Roberts being catcalled, eyed, and whistled at by passerby. Verbal comments or remarks were said to occur on literally dozens of occasions, as the filmmaker informs audiences at the end of the viral video. It is quite a shock, to be certain, and is intended to shed light on the reality of the situation.
“This doesn’t include the countless winks, whistles, etc,” the filmmaker noted. “We envision a world where street harassment is not tolerated and where we all enjoy equal access to public spaces,” the Hollaback organization states clearly as one of its goals on its online website.
Do you have any reaction to the woman harassed NYC footage? Were you surprised by the findings that a seemingly single female wearing only jeans and a black t-shirt would be verbally bothered a total of 108 times in less than a day walking the streets? Might Hollaback be successful in proving that this is a serious issue that needs to be addressed through this video experiment, and hopefully possibly ended someday?