No One Cares if it’s Fake

Took me long enough to come to that realization. People stage videos on the internet and no one cares. People will never care. They have much more interesting things to worry about. I now accept this as a fact of my culture. Roman realized this early. Then Vitaly, Fousey, Ock, Saladhands, etc. They made the strategic switch from Documentary to Reality TV and people ate it up without a single synapse of suspicion.

To be clear, there’s two types of staging. Harmless and Harmful. Harmless is usually something like those Canadian Just For Laughs Gags where it’s an actual practical joke. Fousey’s Yoga Pants thing is a perfect example of a harmless staged prank. How do I know it’s fake? I don’t. You can just feel it if you’re not a moron. Strangers simply aren’t that animated. He’s been proven to hire actors off Craigslist anyway. But that’s besides the point! No one cares. At that point it’s Reality TV and people are happy to be distracted from their lives for a few minutes. Whether or not it’s real, no one fucking cares. On the other hand, Fousey’s Rape Prank, Homeless gives money, or cHaNge tHe WaY yoU tHInK lean more toward harmful staging which I’ll explain why gets on my nerves:

Harmful staging happens when a fuccboi starts out calling it a ‘Social Experiment’ (it’s sCieNcE!) then pretending to be a blind person asking change for a dollar  and having the “strangers” (blurred faces of course) rip him off. OMG! What kind of Fucked up Society do we LIVE in?! clearly deceiving the viewers. You’d think these outraged, naive posts from my own friends & family on Facebook, sharing the video along with it, would settle down after a couple years because maybe people would catch on, but no, they’re still popping up, lately from Saladhands or Zac Efron.

I hate this because I know they’re fake and my friends & family think they’re real. They truly believe they’re real and it completely baffles me. They don’t understand the industry. They don’t understand they’re perpetuating a negative stereotype when they share a fake social experiment that did not actually fucking happen. They don’t understand the creator/prankster crafted it purposely to disgust them, or sometimes to melt their heart, and to then to share it, making them thousands of dollars. They just don’t understand. And that pisses me off.

I’ve already explained all this in this video here. *Fun fact, the first 6 hours after I uploaded this, it got picked up on Reddit and made it to the front page. My friend from high school even texted me to let me know. I was thrilled. About an hour later it was taken down by a network which I can’t name in fear of them fucking me over because they have and will use if they just feel like it, that power. Anyway, the link on Reddit was now worthless. I immediately called the network and figured out who filed the copyright claim (I was clearly in fair use). It was either go back and forth over Youtube’s rebuttal system for the next week OR tweet to the fuccboi and pay him to remove the claim as well as guarantee no one from the network could take it down. To my surprise he responded, I paid him $1500, and after 7 more hours it was put back up, but the trending rhythm had died. Who knows how many views it might have gotten. Of course, at the end of the day, no one cares.

Does this mean LAHWF is going to start staging videos? No. It means no one cares because no one cares. And no one cares at all because no one cares about that. It means I’m getting too old for this cliche, saturated genre on Youtube called Pranks.

You pretentious piece of shit, you think you’re above Pranks Andrew? 

Short answer: Not yet.

I need to get back to practicing piano.


Thanks For Reading,

Andrew Hales


Los Angeles, CA




10 thoughts on “No One Cares if it’s Fake

  1. ‘I hate this because I know they’re fake and my friends & family think they’re real.’
    This is what gets on my nerves the most. I do care if video is fake or not, because I do not like to be cheated. I suppose that the one of the reasons why people do not consider if a video is fake or not is the general belief that everything on the internet is true and all the actors work in tv. I am still suprised how much FakePrankBelievers there is. As if it was some kind of superpower to recognize a video.


  2. Hey Andrew ,whatever you think about ‘ YouTube pranksters’ is certainly true.These pranksters(read fousey and Roman) have made a huge fortune just by toying with people’s feelings.The thing is most of their audiance comprises of either 12 year olds or people that live in a different country(in short people who cannot tell the difference between acting and real reactions) .Every time I see their video blow up ,it makes me feel kinda frustrated.ANDREW I see that you write pretty well have you ever thought of writing answers on Quora.I think it will get you a lot of subscrIbers as well as will help you unmask these people to a larger audience.


  3. Yeah man, who cares? Just kidding. I do. No seriously though man, I respect you so much more for doing social expiriments/pranks and such that were real reactions and not staged shenanigans. Do your thing man. Write, play piano, do some social experiments, skate, whatever. Have fun and keep on rockin’ in the free world brother!



  4. Of course nobody cares if its fake or not. because nobody wants to think about it. like you said they just want to have a dose of drama And take a break from their boring lives. Why do you think people pay for movies and TV shows?! Don’t they know that all those movies and TV shows are scripted and staged or simply put, fake?! They do, they just don’t give a shit. They don’t wanna think about it. They are so bored that they are willing to pay to be distracted from their everyday routine life. They want to be entertained. They want to see some action, some drama, some fiction. And sometimes they go to YouTube and watch fake pranks. They are like “oh, I’m bored. Let’s watch something on YouTube. Vitaly’s channel has some badAss pranks. And it’s free. I don’t have to pay for it.” Free entertainment, what else people want?! And it’s just a click, or a tap on the screen away. And sharing has never been easier! Just a click or tap. So why not?! I wonder if all those channels have to charge their subscribers to view their videos as the only source of income, would people still watch their videos?! of course not. It would have to be some really good shit, otherwise nobody would spend a dime on it. But that’s not how THE SYSTEM works. And some youtubers take advantage of this. They just have to figure out how they can evoke and trigger people’s emotions, like when they do so-called homeless people experiments, or how they can give them a boner like what Chris is doing on his channel PrankInvasion! or some other way. The point is, you can’t blame #Sheeples. The SYSTEM is to blame. It’s the system that approves the PrankInvasion videos. The concept of the Mass Media is to blame. It says “I don’t care what you create, just get #Sheeples to watch the subliminal advertising so they can give us the power over their minds”.

    Dear Andrew, people like you are outnumbered by #Sheeples. You are like a drop of a cold water in a bucket of boiling water. there is no way to beat it. maybe we should just wait for the world to change like John Mayer said in his song “Waiting on the world to change”. Rumi once said “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I’m wise so I’m changing myself”. But I’m sure you didn’t need me to tell you all this stuff. just do your harmless funny pranks and forget the rest.

    Your fan


  5. Yeah, people don’t care. We could see on your ‘dumbpranks tv’ videos. Many of them share it and they didn’t get it’s fake even you mentioned in the video.


  6. hmm.. I was just having a thought. I don’t know if it would be a good one, although you could technically do a fake and a real prank at the same time. My theory is that some how you would say to someone (explain how so many fake pranks are going around and if they realize it) Then “Hey I am doing a prank but do you want the REAL one of the FAKE one ?” then half way through you yell out “No One Cares if it’s Fake” regardless of their choice.


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