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An Open Letter to Sam Pepper

asapscience:

lacigreen:

An Open Letter to Sam Pepper

Hi Sam!

Thanks for taking the time to read this letter.  As fellow YouTubers, we have much respect for others who put so much hard work into building their channel.  It’s not easy, and you should be proud!  That said, we’ve noticed that in your success, there has been a lack of respect in return…namely, for women and girls.

You may have noticed that your latest video “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank” has garnered considerable negative attention.  In this video, you sexually violate a number of unsuspecting women on the street, many of whom are visibly confused and upset at being touched by you without permission.  One woman even says “I don’t like that!” while you proceed to laugh and touch her more.  In “How to Make Out with Strangers”, made a year ago, you pressure women on camera to make out with you - again, many of whom are visibly uncool with it.  Confused and caught off guard, they painfully follow through with your requests, clearly uncomfortable.  In “How to Pick Up Girls with a Lasso”, you physically restrain women on the street with lassos - many of whom look alarmed to be restrained by a stranger.

You’d probably be alarmed too, wouldn’t you?  Imagine someone on the street comes up and rubs their hand on your bottom, or a girl walks up to you with a camera and forces her mouth onto yours while you’re trying to figure out what’s going on.  Imagine walking down the alley alone, when a guy much larger than you physically restrains you with rope and pulls you toward him.  You probably wouldn’t like it, right?

People don’t like to be violated and they don’t like to see their friends and girlfriends be violated either (hence the group of men that tried to beat you up in the lasso video).  And yet, history suggests that perhaps you find this humorous.  It is very disturbing that we live in a world where the violation of women and girls’ bodies is not only funny, but profitable, and can garner considerable notoriety and views on YouTube.

We are deeply disturbed by this trend and would like to ask you, from one creator to another, to please stop.  Please stop violating women and making them uncomfortable on the street for views.  Please stop physically restraining them and pressuring them to be sexual when they are uncomfortable.  Please show some respect for women’s right to their own bodies.  While it may seem like harmless fun, a simple prank, or a “social experiment”, these videos encourage millions of young men and women to see this violation as a normal way to interact with women.  1 in 6 young women (real life ones, just like the ones in your video) are sexually assaulted, and sadly, videos like these will only further increase those numbers.

We realize that people make mistakes, and that sometimes it’s hard to see the ripple effect of one’s actions.  We really hope that you will take a step back and consider the power you have to be someone who makes the world a better place.  It’s not too late to make a change!  We invite you to join us in ending widespread bodily violation that takes place in so many forms all around in the world.

Thanks so much.

Laci GreenMeghan TonjesTyler OakleyTomSkaViHartALBRoss EverettMatt LiebermanMeg TurneyTom FlynnTyrannosaurus LexArielle ScarcellaDan at NerdCubedRachel WhitehurstHannah Witton, Jefferson Bethke, MusicalBethan,Kaleb Nation,Chris Thompson,Michael Buckley,Jared Oban,Liam Dryden,Sanne Vliegenthart,Bryarly Bishop,Nicola Foti,Chescaleigh,Grace Helbig,Wheezy Waiter,Morgan Paige,Nathan Z.,MumboJumbo,Miles Jai,Adorian Deck,Alli Speed,Matthew Santoro,Jaclyn Glenn,Hank Green,Rosianna Rojas,Grayson,Taryn Southern,Carrie Hope Fletcher,Adam Hattan,Drew Monson,Josh Sundquist,Mamrie Hart,Strawburry17,Catie Wayne,Hannah Hart,Catrific,Connor Manning,Emily Graslie,Sarah Weichel,Jack Howard,Louise Sprinkleofglitter,Mr. Repzion,John Green,Rob Dyke,Dean Dobbs,Charlie McDonnell,Wil Wheaton,Mitch & Greg at AsapSCIENCE

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We’re so proud to put our names on this letter written by Laci Green (a YouTuber who is truly changing the world). We do not condone this type of behaviour, and we hope this trend ends NOW. 

Please share and reblog to show your support! 

aztecamemoria:

Xipe Totec “our lord the flayed one” as pictured in the codex Borgia. He’s also known as Red Tezcatlipoca. His direction is east. He is a god of agriculture, life-death-birth, and fertility.
He represents renewal and spring, as well as the growth to manhood for young men. Worshiped especially during the rainy season in March. The sacrificed were foreign warriors, often captured, and forced to participate in a gladiatorial games. He was then tied to a rope and given little to defend himself while he fought off four richly dressed Aztec warriors.
After the gladiator lost, he would be cut open and his still beating heart would be given to Xipe Totec according to Sahagun of the Florentine codex.

aztecamemoria:

Xipe Totec “our lord the flayed one” as pictured in the codex Borgia. He’s also known as Red Tezcatlipoca. His direction is east. He is a god of agriculture, life-death-birth, and fertility.

He represents renewal and spring, as well as the growth to manhood for young men. Worshiped especially during the rainy season in March. The sacrificed were foreign warriors, often captured, and forced to participate in a gladiatorial games. He was then tied to a rope and given little to defend himself while he fought off four richly dressed Aztec warriors.

After the gladiator lost, he would be cut open and his still beating heart would be given to Xipe Totec according to Sahagun of the Florentine codex.

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stuffmomnevertoldyou:

iwatchforsasha:

Over the weekend you may have heard of or seen - nude photos of celebrities were stolen off of their phones and posted online. It’s a terrible invasion of privacy, but probably the most disconcerting part of this for me is that some people are blaming the celebrities for having the nude photos on their phones in the first place.

Kudos to Seth Myers for making smart, responsible comedy about the nude photo theft.

buzzfeed:

ATTENTION INTERNET LOOK AT THIS TINY HIPPO NAMED OLIVIA

utexaspress:

blantonmuseum:

We are thrilled to announce a gift of approximately 120 modern and contemporary Latin American artworks from The University of Texas at Austin alumni Judy and Charles Tate. In addition, the Tates have made a major contribution towards the endowment that supports the museum’s Latin American curatorship. Artists in the collection include Tarsila do Amaral, Lygia Clark, Frida Kahlo, Carlos Mérida, Wifredo Lam, Armando Reverón, Diego Rivera, Alejandro Xul Solar, and Joaquín Torres-García, among others.

The Blanton will present a selection of approximately 70 works from the collection in an exhibition entitled La línea continua, opening September 20.  To learn more, visit http://blantonmuseum.org/tategift

A hearty congratulations to the Blanton Museum of Art! This is wonderful news for Latin American culture at utaustin!