Pranking the “Hood”

An image from one of the videos shot by two white males attempting to prank a young black male.

There’s a series of viral videos going around the net that features young men that wanted some online fame by doing what no one has done before, prank poor black people in the streets of Brooklyn, which to them is referred to as “the hood”. Some may consider it hardcore. Some consider it funny as hell. But many people conclude that those people, who are considered white, are douches with a death wish.

The Etayyim brothers, Moe and Et of Palestinian origin, have done quite a few pranks in their neck of the woods in Manhattan. They’ve engaged others by sitting on random people’s laps to making ridiculous fast food orders. But eventually, they wanted to up the ante by trekking to where they considered is “more dangerous than Manhattan”, Brooklyn, where the hoodrats and homies reside.

So, the Etayyim brothers decide to attempt a prank that any sane person living in the real world knew would earn them a serious ass whooping, or worse. They attempted to steal cellphones from black males in order to “check the time”.  They thought it was be a good idea to film it in Brownsville, which is considered the deadliest neighborhood in New York City, according to Moe Etayyim. Yea, they were practically begging to get clocked.

So, they went on their merry way pranking unsuspecting black males in that area while filming. And if those foolhardy nerds thought they would leave unscathed, or leave at all, they were in for very rude awakenings.

One of the brothers tried to steal a cellphone from a dude’s hand while he was talking to someone. He ended up getting thrown to the ground by the victim. Another brother tried to grab a cellphone from another black male, but the young man snatched it back. Even though he was informed that he was on camera, he didn’t give a fuck.

Despite it all, the brothers’ jackassery has generated numerous hits. No doubt, a lot of people are describing how lame and racist they are for pulling their shit on poor black folks. But the brothers don’t care. They got what they wanted, even though they got their asses handed to them. They were lucky as hell they didn’t get shot, not because they were white Palestinians in a predominantly black neighborhood and are considered automatic targets as many white folks believe. But because they were a couple of trolling ass, shit-starters causing trouble for the disenfranchised for internet fame and glory.

There’s another slightly older video of a white dude stealing gas from people’s cars. This nut siphons some gas from cars, owned by black males, into a yellow bucket. When the owners spotted this fool, they confronted him, mad as hell. In one scene, the white guy got surrounded by black dudes who seriously wanted to kick his ass. Somehow or another, he made it out alive, even though being a dick in a poor neighborhood would get your seriously hurt or killed, no matter what color you are.

A screenshot of a white male stealing gas from a vehicle owned by a black male who saw him and wanted to kick his ass

I remember hearing about a film series where homeless men performed outlandish stunts in front of a camera. The series was called Bumfights. Producer Ryen McPherson and his buddies Zachary Bubeck, Daniel J. Tanner, and Michael Slyman would pay a poor and homeless men and teenagers to perform outlandish stunts in order to make a little bit of cash in Southern California and the Las Vegas area.

Videos of this nature were popular during the 2000’s. But it would end up biting up the asses of the filmmakers. Ryen and his cohorts were charged with misdemeanors were sentenced to months of community service. But that didn’t stop the drive to humiliate poor people as Ty Beeson and Ray Laticia, more producers of the Bumfights series, tried to carry on the legacy of shamelessness. Beeson appeared on an episode of Dr. Phil to defend his videos, but before he could open his mouth, he was kicked off stage. Still, both Beeson and Laticia maintained that the videos were “basically harmless”. And even they got in some serious legal trouble.

Ty Beeson

Basically, we are seeing a pathological phenomenon where middle and upper class white males exploit the harsh conditions of poor people and poor people of color for fame and fortune. The filmmakers consider their ‘projects’ as not only entertaining, but also free of wrongdoing. They manipulate the hardships that people outside their racial and socioeconomic environment face on a daily basis, and most of them see nothing wrong with that.

But don’t think this is unique. We see the same thing in the mainstream media. We see it in Reality TV shows, talk shows, including the aforementioned Dr. Phil, and courtroom dramas. And like the viral videos online, most of them are conducted by white male ringleaders.

Using socially and economically disadvantaged people just to make yourself rich and look good is a sign of moral and mental sickness that this society happily embraces without remorse. To any person with good sense and a good heart, this is morally wrong. But in a racist and classist society such as this, it’s just business and entertainment.


22 thoughts on “Pranking the “Hood”

  1. The problem with this crap is that it gets the fool making the film exactly what they want: 15 minutes of fame and maybe some cash to go along with it. For example, to my knowledge the guys who made the “Bumfights” videos grossed millions of dollars from their efforts. Many would say that a little public scorn and community service is worth it if that’s going to be the return.

  2. Loool Vern I watched the video with the guy sitting on random people’s lap I was literally rolling on the floor when the Asian looking guy in the café punched him in the face and the black guy on the train, lol lol lol lol lol

      1. Me too! Did you guys see one a couple of years ago where a White guy was pretending to be a zombie somewhere in Florida and he was running around trying to scare people? I noticed that all of the people that he was “terrorizing” were Black. Others noticed as well. The kcicker is at the end of the video when he rolls up on some brothas and one of them brandishes his gun and the rest of them start chasing his ass.

      2. I haven’t heard about that, but white people appear stupid as hell to not know that pulling that shit on poor black people is an invitation for violence.

  3. White folks and their shenanigans, if they get their asses beat then that’s on them. They would deserve it. Disrespecting poor people and their communities. Yeah, they will deserve a beat down.

  4. As my mom would tell me “Don’t give what you can’t take”.

    While I wouldn’t condone violence of any kind, you could understand the disgust of the people who live in those neighborhoods. There they go going into those neighbors in an attempt to prove to people how ” animalistic ” Black people are supposed to be. Supposedly, they say they pull these stunts on all people yet I bet that you will never see these same guys go into a trailer park doing this because they would have the same. It had gotten to bad that the NYPD even went on YT and spoke against them doing it.

  5. That’s a very old racist trick. Chasing around black folks for laughs. Supposedly black people were too innocent or fearful to retaliate. Sometimes the Klan would just chase black people off their land for fun, if black people retaliated they would be killed and that’s the kind of trouble these people are creating in these communities.

    You have a police officer roll up on a scene of some well-dressed white dude getting punched and thrown to the ground by a young black man, I can’t see it going well for the black guy.

    You have a great conclusion here. Popular culture promotes and perpetuates dysfunction in black communities as a normal phenomenon. I imagine if these guys tried that out in a rural poor white area, they would not be alive. They would have been shot or worse in an instant.

  6. Excellent post, Vern and very good question indeed, Mary! I personally believe that these jerks are gluttons for the beat-downs they are receiving, and moreover they are obsessed with Black people in general, not to mention how most of them likely lead cushioned, spoiled, privileged lives and tend to seek potentially dangerous situations so as to give their otherwise banal existence meaning and provide a rush as well!

  7. I can’t believe any of these punks even survived but give them time. I live in a small town and I know plenty of people who would shoot somebody in the face or cut them up real good over less than that. The reason I say I know they would is because they already have. When they do meet up with people like that they only get what they ask for and deserve. Even homeless people I know carry guns, knives, boxcutters etc. and will use them real quick .My Pops told me when I was young “If you ever get to believing you a bad ass or think you can go around fucking with people sooner or later one of them will put ya ass in the cemetery” Pops was right cause I can’t even remember all the people I know got their ass killed cause they just had to fuck with somebody and it was usually somebody they didn’t know shit about educated their ass.

  8. SIGMOND FREUD said jokes are really a symbol of unconscious anger!!!….I just happen to be on youtubee and saw this phenom…[it started with the pie guy ,than the chair pulling, it was so horrific [when I saw the targets]..!! ,that I, made my hubby ,watch this assault on unsuspecting,vunerable black people, how in the name of BLACK this climate, in which if a black male walks down the street …as a child…he is shot, how the hell !! can white boys justify this racism-‘COON SHOW’!!!, ..for one they announce they are going to the’hood’ so they can humilate black men on line for the whole world to watch..if any young black male [over monitored by white sin general-oh yes ! they watch us closelly!!and over policed] dare to make and record this in an white comm.PLEASE ! WAKE UP!! ..please come to NORTH PHILLY, 5TH & LEHIGH!!Dr. Sigmond Freud said joke are a subconscious expression of RAGE!!!! not a prank, but white boy menta/PHYSICAL l assault,……….. I have been watching, these so-called white boy-pranks, ….these are seriously racist, … don’t realize how they[ white boy who hasn’t learn to wipe his ass clean] are insulting black folks in our faces and posting our humiliation on- line world wide,……..YES SOTHE WHOLE WORLD CAN SEE THEY CAN f***K with you an still LAUGH IN YOUR FACE!!…but I must say,… I am very proud of all the black folks who was going to f@@ him up, this has to be addressed!! ……I watched the [chair puller] and the pie guy], please this sh=t is straight up racist assault!!!…please come to 5th and LEHIGH AVE. in NORTH PHILLY. Barrio, [ COME TO 5TH AND YORK] corner dudes would just love to see you,….Come on . wake up!!! when they say they are heading to the ”’hood”’ ….they are designating the black community as the butt of a joke!!…. the racism /white supremacist attitude is explicit and implicit in their targets, look around , with the climate for BLACK LIVES MATTER, WHY NOW!! ….DO YOUNG WHITE MEN FIND THIS AS AN appropriate diversity affirming ,socially conscious OUTLET!!! young black males.think please!! …..can you do this to white folks as a black teenager, without the cops shooting you, the white who monitoryour every move and over police you , they would surrounding you and hold your black ass and called the cops while holding you down!!Get real, this is gonna esculate as the climate of white blacklash esculated against your asserting yourselves as black Men,..this is provocation!!!remember your history and where you are!!!

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