YouTube star Joey Salads posted a “social experiment” video featuring both a Muslim terrorist and a Christian terrorist in an attempt to prove a point about stereotypes. The video, which was posted a day after a self-avowed ISIS terrorist killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub, prompted quick and intense backlash online.
Joey Salads posted several other videos since the online backlash began to tell the world he had been physically attacked and threatened due to the social experiment video.
In the video, the YouTube star shows a man dressed in a thawb approaching people on the street and yelling “Allah Akbar” as he tossed a metal case at their feet. All of the people are startled, and most ran away. In a second segment of the same video, a man in regular street clothes tossed the same case while saying, “Praise Jesus.”
Joey Salads said the terrorist social experiment video was created to illustrate how “people act different when there’s an Islamic terrorist versus when there’s a Christian terrorist,” the Daily Mail notes.
Another YouTube star, Yousef Erakat, known as Fousey/Tube, shared his outrage about the video online and sparked intense backlash against Salads, Christian Today reports.
“I’m sick and tired of people relating the word terrorist to Islam in any way shape or form. Why is the Christian in your experiment dressed in normal clothing? If you were going to say anything and you wanted to push a stereotype have the other character dress as KKK and now tell me it’s okay,” Yousef Erakat said.
Many of the comments beneath the radical Islamic terrorist and Christian terrorist video took issue with the man posing as a Muslim wearing “cultural” clothing and the Christian man being dressed in a far more casual and modern manner.
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Some of the metadata used to promote the radical Islamic terrorist social experiment video reportedly included the phrases “Orlando gay club” and “Orlando massacre.”
The YouTuber’s video was deemed “disgusting” by many viewers, who in turn called for the website to ban Salads and announced plans to launch a petition to accomplish such a goal. Others pointed out the online personality has a right to free speech and was merely trying to spark a conversation about stereotypes.
“Seems people are disliking before understanding the concept of this video,” Joey Salads posted on the video. “This video shouldn’t offend anyone, it simply opens up a dialogue to a tragedy. This video will raise questions to why certain things happen, watch the WHOLE video to understand.”
I am gonna be the next one who gets killed,
Next time you see me I will have a concealed carry. pic.twitter.com/kFlKiCtMsi
— JoeySalads (@JoeySalads) June 14, 2016
The decision to release the video in the wake of the Orlando shooting, as well as the use of related hashtags when promoting the video on social media, was also cited by those outraged over the social experiment YouTube video. Joey Salads is donating all of the money made from the video views to the victims of the Orlando shooting.
Before becoming a well-known YouTube personality, Joey Salads worked as a pizza delivery boy, Famous Birthdays notes. His full name is Joseph Saladino, according to SILive. He was born in Staten Island, New York, and his younger cousin Vinny is often shown in his social experiment and prank videos.
Salads is 21-years-old, and he relocated from New York to Los Angeles after his social media career took off. Before entering his junior year of high school, Saladino was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis. The disease, which attacks the liver and the immune system, caused him to gain 80 pounds. If the condition goes undetected too long, liver failure can occur. The YouTube star said the condition was found just in time to prevent permanent harm to the major body organ.
“I learned a lot about life when I was sick. You don’t know what is going to happen or when it is going to end. You gotta do what you gotta do,” Joey Salads said.
Salads has also worked in collaboration with Boris Laursen and Jack Vale on videos. In addition to his Joey Salads YouTube channel, he also has a Vine account for the sharing of his videos.
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