Activist “Sh*T People Say” Video Passes 150,000 Viewers In 72 Hours

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The Video by Anti-Harassment NYC Shows Men Stopping Street Harassment – Released for International Anti-Street Harassment Week

Launched for Anti-Street Harassment Week (March 18-24), the video has gone viral with over 150,000 viewers in less than 72 hours.

We’ve all heard the catcalls, the “hey baby’s” and witnessed unwanted male attention on the street. Now, a new video called “Sh*t Men Say to Men Who Say Sh*t to Women on the Street” shows men calling out other men for this type of behavior as it happens. Launched for Anti-Street Harassment Week (March 18-24), the video has gone viral with over 150,000 viewers in less than 72 hours.

With interventions from “Please stop” to “Ever heard of E-harmony?” and “Do you think this really works?”, the video riffs on the “Sh*t People Say” meme, which spread like wildfire a month ago. But this one is different: it models what men can do to stop street harassment.

Joe Samalin, co-director of the video said, “Look, we know women get harassed on the street all the time, and we also know that not all guys do it. So we wanted to talk to the guys who do it, and give other guys permission to stop or intervene when they see it happening.”

“We hoped that maybe 1000 people would watch it and hopefully think twice,” said Fivel Rothberg, also co-director. “But we only dreamed that it would blow up.”

Ironically, one of the video’s creators, Bix Gabriel, was even harassed while Rothberg and Samalin were filming a block away. Gabriel was sitting on a park bench at the shoot location when a man approached her and said, “Hey, girl. You pretty under that scarf? You pretty?” He then insulted her as he walked away after she refused to interact with him.

“I have worked to prevent violence against women for years,” says Samalin, “And yet while collaborating to create this video, I have been seeing the violence men commit against women with fresh eyes. Being 50 feet away from Bix when she was harassed brought home to me how pervasive street harassment is, and how unaware of it we as men can be.”

The video was created by a group of activists in New York to coincide with the ongoing International Anti-Street Harassment Week (March 18-24). The video’s directors note that men today – of all backgrounds and ages - are asking what they can do to change things. And this video provides a few answers to that question. Furthermore, men are now working on this issue not to “protect” women but to develop accountability for men regarding the very gendered nature of interpersonal violence, including street harassment.

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