YouTube Prankster Explains HIV Stunt: ‘I Came Up With The Idea As A Wake-Up Call’
Last year a YouTube video of a woman confronting her lover on a New York City train about giving her HIV spread across the Internet like wildfire. In the video, the woman goes off in such an extremely believable way that several online outlets picked up the story. Many of them were later disgusted to learn that the video was fake and put together by YouTube prankster Zaida “MsMuffinPranks” Pugh.
18-year-old Pugh recently sat down for a chat with NewsOne, where she explained why she decided to perform a prank about such a serious issue. According to Pugh, she did it because people needed a “wake-up call.”
“I had a cousin who actually died from [AIDS], and it saddened me to hear stories like that,” she explained. “And also, I see on commercials where they advertise about safe sex. People watch it but they don’t pay it no mind and they go back to doing the same thing without protecting themselves. So I came up with the idea as a wake-up call to really wake people up and scare them.”
You may have also witnessed another one of her videos that attracted a lot of controversy where she acts as a mother who is fighting with her children in a Harlem grocery store after her son pulls off her wig. However, her most criticized video might be the video where she pretends to be a pregnant woman demanding that her abusive boyfriend treat her better. While some argue that her videos portray black people in a negative light, Pugh says that her decisions shouldn’t act as a reflection of all black people.
“One thing that bothers me is when people say that I make black people look bad,”she explained. “I feel that we’re all equal. We’re not separated. I feel like if I do something, then it shouldn’t be looked upon as I’m making all Black people look bad.”
What do you think of Pugh’s pranks?