YouTuber in London Faces Backlash for ‘Acid Attack’ Prank
A YouTuber has been criticised after uploading videos of himself throwing cups of liquid in strangers’ faces.
Arya Mosallah posted videos where he “pranked” random members of the public in London by throwing water at them from a water bottle or Subway cup.
It comes at a time when many are concerned about the recent spate of acid attacks in the capital.
Mosallah, known as “ItsArya” on YouTube, starts his video saying, “I’m back with my cup.”
“I’m going to be throwing water on people’s faces!”
He caused controversy after posting the video, which has since been taken down, with one person writing, “With the increasing number of acid attacks on the streets of London, this video is anything but funny,” according to the Metro.
Another person commented: “Considering acid attacks are increasingly common in London, this maybe isn’t the best idea…”
Another called him an “idiot.”
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According to the Independent, another viewer wrote: “I would be terrified and think it was acid, especially walking around London, acid attacks are becoming more common I really don’t think it’s an idea people should be promoting and mocking, shame.”
Mosallah said he would produce another video if he got 150,000 “likes,” the Independent reported.
Mosallah recorded a similar “prank” involving throwing water in people’s faces last July. It racked up almost 200,000 likes.
The 22-year-old’s other “pranks” include eating people’s food, pulling down peoples pants, and stepping on people’s shoes.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson told the Metro that they were aware of the Youtuber’s stunts that could cause “alarm or distress” for members of the public and “lead to a police response that could end as a waste of police time.”
The spokesperson added, “The Met is not currently aware of any allegations being made to police and there have been no arrests. We would advise anyone who is a victim of this man’s irresponsible behaviour to contact police.”
Attacks involving corrosive substances in London jumped from 261 in 2015 to 454 in 2016—an increase of 74 percent.