It seems like more and more people will do anything to gain some notoriety on the Internet. It wasn't until recent years that being a "Youtuber" was a job, but many people have made careers out of uploading videos to the platform. A formula that many seem to follow says that the more outrageous a video is, the more views it will get. That accounts for the numerous "prank" videos which can be found on the site.
One such Youtube creator is Brad Holmes, who's facing some criticism about an old (now deleted) prank video on his channel, where videos of the sort feature heavily. He has a number of prank videos where he pretends to propose to his girlfriend or cuts her hair off while she sleeps. It is always met with an outburst of anger from his girlfriend and mocking laughter from him. His infuriating treatment of her only gets worse from there.
The video that has caught the attention of some is the prank, now removed from Youtube, during which Holmes rubs a chili pepper on a tampon and then seals it back up for his unsuspecting girlfriend to use. The video then shows the girlfriend near-tears complaining about the pain while Holmes films and laughs. When he reveals what he did, she understandably lashes out in anger, which is only met by more laughter.
Brad Holmes is not alone in finding these cruel and unusual "jokes" both hilarious and useful for gaining more followers. It is a disturbing trend on Youtube to pull "pranks" and gain massive amounts of followers by doing so. Last year, two parents lost custody of their children for making them the victims of their youtube video pranks. The trend hasn't shown any sign of slowing down, however. Prank videos remain ever popular.
How far do you think people will go to gain internet fame? Do you think these pranks are just harmless fun or are the cruel and borderline abusive? Let us know what you think in the comments!