There’s a new viral video making its rounds on Facebook that’ll make you shake your head in disgust. The video, “What If The Homeless Gave You Money?” isn’t your run of the mill social experiment. It shows a man who appears to be homeless sitting on a Los Angeles street offering random strangers cash.
The video was posted by prankster Yousef Saleh Erakat on his wildly popular YouTube channel FouseyTUBE, and has already been viewed 2.4 million times. Erakat is a twenty-five year old Palestinian-American who has amassed over 5 million followers on his YouTube channel in four short years. While many of the videos he does are pranks, he also has lots of videos that have some sort of underlying moral message.
Last year he shared a video of himself wearing leggings to show the world how women are objectified while they wear the same thing. In another video he pretends to harass a female friend for wearing a hijab to see how passers-by react. He has experiments about suicide, bullying, and homeless children.
He explains what he hoped to achieve with his homeless man experiment under the video on YouTube:
This video wasn’t one of those, “oh let’s see if people offer us money.” It was, “let’s see how people feel about themselves when someone who is classified as “lesser” than them on societies class ladder offers them money.” The results were not expected and not wanted. It doesn’t matter how much you have in life if what you have in life takes away from you being humble. At the end of the day, even the most poor man can be the most rich depending on how much love he has in his heart. Feel free to share.
He’s right, the results were absolutely appalling. With the exception of one woman and one man every single person he offered money to made a disparaging comment to him. One man even said,” I could f*cking buy you.”
It was truly disgusting, and it seems that people have completely forgotten the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
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