‘Drunk Girl’ Video Allegedly Staged To Make Innocent Bystanders Look Like Predators
A recent video of a woman pretending to be drunk and getting creepily harassed by creeps on the street has been reported as fake, because this is the Internet and nothing is real.
In the video, actress Jennifer Box pretends to be intoxicated while walking around Hollywood Boulevard and asks men on the street if they’ll help her find the bus so she can get home. The universal response is for the guys to try to convince her to drink more and come home with them; the overall tone of the video is decidedly predatory.
According to the Smoking Gun, however, the video was staged, and not just in the hidden-camera way you’d expect; the apparent creeps caught harassing Box on camera were actually innocent bystanders who agreed to appear in what they thought was a student film. They were fed lines by the video’s creator, Stephen Zhang, to make it appear they were trying to coerce Box into having drunken sex with them.
The men in the video were reportedly recruited by Zhang and his “sidekick” Seth Leach; they were asked if they would take part in a what was ostensibly a comedy video. One man was asked to “say a couple of lines for a comedy sketch.” Josh Blaine (the guy wearing sunglasses) said he did “a favor for some camera crew.”
No paperwork or releases were signed, says the Smoking Gun, which also reports that when one of the men in the video complained about his portrayal as a “would-be rapist,” one of the video’s creators sent him a private Facebook message saying, “Just go with it dude, you are in our team now and we will take care of you.” Apparently the team’s definition of “take care of you” is “make you look incredibly rapey in a YouTube video.”