'Radical Islam v Radical Christianity': YouTube prank sparks outrage after Orlando shooting (VIDEO)
The video begins with YouTube prankster Joey Salads introducing the action, explaining that he will pose as a “Christian terrorist,” while his friend 'Stevie Croutons' – wearing a white thawb – will act as an “Islamic terrorist.”
The two then prey on innocent citizens, each leaving a suspicious silver case – presumably holding a “bomb” – while shouting either “Allahu Akbar!” or “Praise Jesus!”
Those targeted by the “Muslim” seemed genuinely fearful, with one man even running after Croutons after he planted the “bomb.”
However, those targeted by the “Christian extremist” didn't seem scared for their lives. Instead, they seemed generally confused – and even amused at times.
Salads told RT that the video – which has so far received over 1 million views – was aimed at generating a conversation about why people are “fearing radical Islam over radical Christianity.”
However, Salads acknowledged that “apparently a lot of people thought that was insensitive” due to it being published just one day after the Orlando massacre in which 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub, amounting to the worst mass shooting ever to take place on US soil.
Negative comments did indeed roll in from critics, with some saying Salads should be banned from YouTube.
here's the video. these are the kind of people that need to be banned from YouTube. disgusting. https://t.co/San5LjEjGs— Yousef Saleh Erakat (@fouseyTUBE) June 13, 2016
Others rallied for YouTubers to report the video so it would be removed from the site.
Guys, pls help report this video so that it gets taken down by Youtube. This is just so wrong on many levels. https://t.co/PZ48f7D2UW— JUNHOYPER #DSMN (@onlyjuneo) June 14, 2016
Meanwhile, YouTube user CJ Boggan had a quick answer to Salad's question of why people fear Muslim extremists more than Christians.
“Look at the evidence,” he wrote, posing the question of whether Salads had ever heard of a Christian terrorist. “There are more Muslim terrorist groups than Christian groups. Stupid video.”
In an effort to make right following the criticism, Salads told RT he has “vowed to donate all the money the video makes to one of the charity organizations for the victims of the [Orlando] mass shooting.”
“I feel like the video stirred up more controversy, with was I right or was I wrong, than the actual video itself, which I'm kind of disappointed about,” he said.