"Drunk Girl in Public" is Sorry She Made Those Men Look Like Rapists
Maybe you saw last week's viral video of a drunk girl wandering the streets of LA? The video was set up as a test: would men help her or take advantage of her? Lo, almost all the men tried to lure her back to their homes instead of giving her the directions she asked for. The girl in the video was acting, instantly sobering up when push came to shove. But it turns out the men in the video were actors, too, asked to play the part of the scumbag. And all parties involved were given a very different sense of what they were making a lighthearted comedy video, not a slice of faux-reality. The men who were made to look like sexual predators are particularly upset about this.But actor Jennifer Box also felt the need to apologize for her role in the deception. The creators of the video have since gone AWOL and taken the original offline to avoid fallout. Social experiment videos are often inspired by the desire to reveal a social problem. While most of them don't stoop to this level of manipulation, this is a reminder of how far a filmmaker's bias can go in shaping the narrative.