Target: Laci Green
Goal: Thank Laci Green for exposing Youtube Sam Pepper for sexually harassing women for profit
Laci Green is a prominent YouTube celebrity who educates the public on sex health, relationships, and feminism. Recently, she released a video exposing Sam Pepper, another YouTuber who filmed three videos where he sexually harassed women. Green, who was horrified by Pepper’s actions, issued an open letter asking him to stop violating women’s bodily rights in future videos. Included in this open letter were signatures from other prominent YouTubers such as John and Hank Green, Hannah Hart, Tyler Oakley, Rosianna Rojas, and Strawburry 17. Within 24 hours of issuing this letter, over 100,000 people have added their signatures. This woman should be thanked and applauded for her work toward sex-ed activism and ensuring that the bodily rights of men and women are not violated.
Pepper recently released a video called “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank” where he comes up to women on the street, engages in a conversation with them, and proceeds to pinch their bottoms when they aren’t looking. In another video, he lassos strangers with a piece of rope, and in one scene where he does this to a woman who is accompanied by her friends, they immediately beat Pepper up for violating her bodily rights. In other videos he has handcuffed himself to strangers without asking for their consent, and approached unfamiliar women on the street with a camera and asked them to kiss him on the lips. In all of these videos, the women look uncomfortable, they tell him no, they tell him to take off the handcuffs, and he does not comply.
In anger and disgust, Green then issued this open letter to Pepper asking him to stop making videos that violate the bodily rights of women, as it is sending the message that these interactions with women are acceptable. Pepper’s “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank” has been removed from YouTube for violating the Terms of Service, and Pepper has been dropped from Vidcon. Activists like Green are fighting for the bodily rights of men and women, and she should be thanked for her bravery and efforts.
Dear Laci Green,
Despite being on tour, you’ve taken time out of your busy schedule to address what has been going on with the case of Sam Pepper. Not only did you make a video discussing this matter, but you’ve kept the public updated through Twitter, Tumblr, and through big name news networks such as The Huffington Post and The Guardian. Since issuing this open letter to Pepper, you have encouraged other women to come forward with their stories of sexual assault. For these women, seeing videos like Pepper’s makes them feel threatened, vulnerable, and worthless. If video producers are able to make money off of sexual assault, how will women and girls view themselves in society?
I want to thank you for taking the time and effort to educate the public that actions such as these are not socially acceptable. I also want to thank you for supporting women and girls who are now speaking out about their experiences on sexual assault. This issue should not be swept under the rug—it should be discussed openly by both men and women.
[Your Name Here]
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