Viral videos are entertaining more often than not, but the “manufactured viral video” is mostly not. While viral videos once captured an unlikely event in rare circumstances, video makers now purposely put themselves in situations attempting to garner internet fame.
The aftermath of the Paris terror attacks gave plenty of opportunities for this.
One such video, which has 2.7 million views as of this writing, filmed a blindfolded Muslim in Paris with two signs, one reading “I’m a Muslim, but I’m told that I’m a terrorist” and the other reading “I trust you, do you trust me? If yes, hug me.” Obviously everyone hugged the man, and yet another one of the internet’s feel-good videos went viral.
When it comes to replicating the success, this is where things get interesting (and kinda funny).
In the first week of December, Muhammad Mujahid Islam and friends stood outside the British Parliament building in protest with a similar sign.
A writer for Upworthy (the internet’s liberal version of America’s Funniest Home Videos) might say, “you won’t believe what happens next!” — but you probably have a good idea of where this is going.
As the Gateway Pundit reports, “Craig Wallace, also known as Muhammad Mujahid Islam, used a sign as Stop the War protestors came to Westminster for the vote on British airstrikes in war-ravaged Syria.
It read: “I am Muslim, I am labelled a terrorist, I trust you, do you trust me enough for a hug?”
But Wallace, 23, could be now facing up to six months in jail after he trolled (Member of Parliament) Charlotte Leslie on Facebook saying he would “drop a bomb on her house.”
At the very least, this clears up the mystery of why this man is labeled a terrorist.
[Note: This article was written by The Analytical Economist]