YouTuber JoeySalads, whose real name is Joe Saladino, recently posted a pretty ridiculous, stupid, racist prank video that has the internet up in arms. The video, entitled "Terrorism, RADICAL Islam vs RADICAL Christianity (Social Experiment)" was uploaded just one day after the tragic Orlando shooting that left 49 people dead, but Saladino thought it would be a great time to show the world just how big of an insensitive dick he could be in the name of getting internet attention.
The video, which Saladino calls a "social experiment," features himself and a friend dropping a small, metal box in front of unsuspecting civilians and running off. Here comes the not-so-subtly racist part: Saladino depicts a "radical Christian" wearing jeans and a tee shirt yelling "Praise Jesus" before running away, while his friend is dressed in what Saladino calls "traditional Islamic attire" and yells a bastardized version of "Allahu akbar" after dropping the box. What could possibly go wrong?
PS, if you are one of those people who hate joke stealers more than exploiting ridiculous stereotypes and a fearful populance, this video was completely ripped off from countless others that came before it.
Now, Saladino seems pretty confused as to how this prank could possibly be offensive, despite his disclaimer at the top of the video that says, "This video shouldn't offend anyone." He even released a video of him explaining why the video isn't in bad taste and uploaded it to his channel. It includes charming lines like "People did die...that's very unfortunate."
He also claims that he chose to upload the video the day after attack because the topic was "relevant," so of course he had to be opportunistic when it came to profiting off the nation's largest mass shooting.
So what is this video trying to prove? That Americans are Islamophobic? That they didn't have a spare KKK costume handy for the "Radical Christianity" segment so he had to wear a tee shirt and jeans instead?
A weepy Saladino uploaded a video a day after the prank video went viral alleging that someone attacked him after seeing the video. Even if you think Saladino is a pretty massive jerk, everyone should agree that it is wrong that he was physically assaulted for it.
In a feeble attempt to right his wrongs, Saladino said he would donate the money he made off the "prank" video to the families of the Orlando victims. He has not taken down the video, and despite what anyone says, swears that he did a good thing by uploading it.