Woman walks streets with hidden camera, what video captured will disgust, shock you

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NEW YORK — A woman wearing jeans and a T-shirt walked around New York City for 10 hours while a hidden camera recorded every step and every word spoken to her by the men she passed.

The video was posted on YouTube Tuesday by “Hollaback,” a non-profit devoted to ending street harassment in cities around the world.

 In the video, actress Shoshana Roberts walks silently across several neighborhoods throughout the city and is approached and harassed by strangers.

At one point in the video, Roberts is followed for more than five minutes by a stranger.

Later in the video, she is berated by a stranger trying to give her his phone number.

At the end of the video, the filmmaker reveals that in the 10 hours of shooting, Roberts was subjected to more than 100 instances of verbal street harassment.

“This doesn’t include the countless winks, whistles, etc,” the filmmaker said.

Hollaback calls on women across the world to record incidents of street harassment and share them publicly to bring both awareness to the issue but also to bring it to an end.

“We envision a world where street harassment is not tolerated and where we all enjoy equal access to public spaces,” the organization stated on its website.

Source: KCPQ

60 comments

  • Rick

    Hey its New York City… what would you expect from those hunks of Dung?? I mean seriously …. dont you people know that New York is the worst of the worst when it comes to this kind, and any other criminal activity you can possibly imagine …. gee’s….

  • J

    I am SHOCKED! And DISGUSTED!!! no not really, that might be a bit dramatic. While there were plenty of uncomfortable and creepy encounters, I’m not sure if a simple “Hi” is considered harassment.

  • Beth

    ok. A lot of those I wouldn’t count as harassment. Such quotes as “How you doing today”, “How are you this morning?”, “Have a nice evening” Really? There are still some friendly people in the world. Don’t be so sensitive.

    • Jeff

      How many guys do you think they said these things to? Hell how many unattractive women do you think they said these things to?

      • DB

        There were shop owners in the video and in NY shop owners always say, “How are you”, “Have a nice day”, “Hello”, etc. The bad ones are the ones whistling, saying things like, “Baby”, “Honey”, “What’s happenin'”, and the pushy ones that follow.

  • LK

    I see nothing wrong with folks saying hi or have a nice night/day. Why couldn’t she at least say hi to them? I did not see anything to horrible. They guy who was walking with her for 5 minutes was a bit creepy. People should quit trying to be such trouble makers. Don’t make trouble that is not there!!

    • jalenjade

      It’s not the “hi” or “have a nice day” that the issue revolves around. It’s someone whose body language indicates that they’re busy and someone who is picked out by these men for being attractive. I would doubt these men said anything to any men or unattractive women. That’s the issue.

    • K

      Because sadly, women know that it’s impossible to tell if someone is being just friendly, or expecting more from a simple “hi/how you doing”. If a woman is genuinely friendly in responding men take that as flirting and being interested. Sometimes it’s better to ignore someone then have them think you’re interested and continue pursuing you because you’re too nice to say “stop” or ignore them from the beginning.

  • NJ

    While I totally agree that many of the the comments made to her are offensive or uncalled for, but there were many that were just friendly people saying hi to her. I am a women, about her age. It is kinda sad that a guy can’t say Hi to someone without the girl thinking it is sexual harassment. As long as they are being respectful, I see no problem in somebody saying ” Hi, how are you”.

    • Jonathan Whitley

      Totally agree with you. There isn’t anything wrong with a man trying to get a pretty woman’s attention. That’s just how life is, we look for ways to talk to people that are attractive. It’s not sexual harassment just because the woman isn’t interested. What’s becoming a problem is women, like this girl in the video, who just ignore people giving friendly compliments and treat them like they are all thirsty, worthless people. That kind of attitude sends a message to a lot of guys that they just need to try harder. They don’t need to try harder, but our society tells men that they need to be more forward and bold in order to get a woman’s attention. It’s a bad cycle.

    • Sum81

      Is this a joke? This has to be a joke..right? Personally I would have not taken offense to 90% of what is being called “harassment” in this video. I am almost embarrassed for the group that created it. Much of what I heard was friendly people, people with manners and men who were being polite. Yeah, there are a few weirdos but where is there an absence of weirdos?? This video is pitiful to say the least. If you want to raise awareness for an issue, such as the right to “enjoy equal access to public spaces, without being harassed”, then this one isn’t at all, in my opinion, a worthy example to start a campaign! I’ve been “harassed” much worse than this in my own back yard…. Shocked and disgusted? Yeah, that this is considered harassment… By anyone. Here’s an idea… find a REAL reason to raise money and awareness….

  • Dawn

    I was there in September, this is really how it is! I can’t tell you how many times I heard things and guys saying things to me! It would be interesting to see a man do the same thing to see what kind of reaction he got.

  • Russ

    Not all coments were rude. Some were men just selling hello or god bless. How is that harassment? Now for those jerks that were harassing her and jerks. However people keep harassing pretty women like this because most pretty women act like they are a gift from god to all men and that they are better than the rest. Not saying that its right, just saying its the cause. Sorry if my opoin bother anyone, but kiss it, its my opion.

    • Anita

      She still doesn’t owe anyone a hello, but it becomes harrassment when some of those guys became aggressive and/or verbally abusive because she ignored them. You take the hint that she’s not interested in socializing and let it go, not start demanding that she respond.

  • Justice

    Hang on a second. “Have a nice evening.” and “Hey beautiful.” and a few other things said are NOT harassment. What the actual fu**? If you don’t want people saying that stuff to you, tell them straight up. Lmao!!

  • Edain

    Yeah, creepy guys are just being nice. Why cant she just accept that harassment is normal, just the way some of you like it? Some of these commenters are as creepy as the guys in the video.

    • Jonathan Whitley

      How can you be so judgmental? Are you making these judgments based on what they said? or how they look? Cuz if you’re like most women, the definition of “harassment” is solely subject to whether or not the girl thinks the guy is attractive. I don’t support any form of harassment, but what you define as harassment is actually you just being stuck-up.

      • ItComesWithTheTerritory

        Yea, it wasn’t “harrasment” alll those years of her life that her LOOKS got her what she wanted (easier grades, second chances, etc, etc)…it’s only harassment when her looks get her *unwanted* attention.

        Sheesh.

        (Now a couple of these guys were flat-out arseholes, like the one walking with her. The only thing I can say is “welcome to a place like NY.” NYC also has a higher crime rate than say Seattle, which is part of why you won’t find me living there.).

        Try this same trick in, oh, LA or San Francisco, or Denver, or Seattle. Yea, completely different video then. Which just goes to show it’s an issue with the crime-riddled, classless cities like NY, DC, Philly, Baltimore, etc. Heck, even CHICAGO, as crime-saturated as it is, isn’t this bad.

  • Michelle

    I’ve always dreamed about moving to New York one day. But the more I research and get the feel for what a large city is like, I catch my self feeling extremely blessed I live in Utah.

  • Doug

    Keep this up…pretty soon everyone will have to wear a muzzle…you cant even say “Hello How are you?” where is society leading to?.GET REAL….

  • lj

    there is bigger issues than street harassmentin this world. they are in public anyways
    just ignore them its not that hard

  • Velda

    The problem isn’t with the comments themselves. It’s with the expectation that she owes them something — her time, attention, emotion, or more — simply because they think she’s attractive. If she responds with a smile or even eye contact, it’s taken as encouragement and an invitation for more unwanted attention. If she keeps walking, they say she’s rude; some decide to teach her a lesson. .

    Obviously this doesn’t escalate every time, but when it does, it’s scary, and can make other “compliments” creepy too.

    • Peter

      I have to ask you to please elaborate for me.
      “The problem isn’t with the comments themselves. It’s with the expectation that she owes them something — her time, attention, emotion, or more — simply because they think she’s attractive. If she responds with a smile or even eye contact, it’s taken as encouragement and an invitation for more unwanted attention.” Every guy that spoke to her did this with this expectation?
      “If she keeps walking, they say she’s rude; some decide to teach her a lesson.” What… Who decided to teach her a lesson? Let me try doing what you did in your comment. If no one said something nice to her she decided she would teach them a leasson. Sounds ridiculous right?

      • Velda

        I think my reply got lost because I tried to elaborate and, in quoting what’s happened to me personally, hit a filter. Essentially I said I was referring to my own and others’ experiences rather than what was in this video. If you’ve experienced escalation, suddenly the simple compliments start to feel scary too, because you don’t know who is going to blow up and who won’t.

        If you want to understand and not just be right, try searching for “street harassment escalated” — or simply imagine yourself in a crowd of men twice as strong as you who threaten you if you don’t give them your phone number.

      • Peter

        “If you want to understand and not just be right, try searching for “street harassment escalated”
        Ok thank you, I’m now enlightened. I looked up “street harassment escalated” and guess what? It’s this video on the entire page or the creators of the video Hallaback asking for money. They did have two interesting articles about two women getting shot or stabbed for not accepting some clowns advances. I’m sorry for that and NO WOMEN should fear walking down the street alone in this great country but they only had two stories to back up their video. All I’m saying to you and the makers of this video is STOP painting all men with the same brush. It’s silly. As for this part of you comment.
        “or simply imagine yourself in a crowd of men twice as strong as you who threaten you if you don’t give them your phone number.”
        Im sorry I can’t I’m a man it’s something I truly can’t imagine but don’t worry if I see it happening I will try put an end to it but that is DEFINITELY not what happened in this video. You do agree with that right?

      • Velda

        Those two examples were just from the last few weeks, actually. There are a lot more search results and even more incidents.

        As for broad strokes, if you’d like to mark all of the violent ones in individual strokes for us, that would be great. But until then, because these people are total strangers, we can’t tell who will escalate and who will not. It’s just like I’d tell my kids, of *course* not all strangers dangerous, the vast majority are not, but because they can’t tell who is and who is not, they should only respond to unknown adults when they’re in a safe situation.

        Most good adults recognize this and don’t pester children for attention when they might not feel safe. It would be nice if all good men would recognize this too and not try to approach women in situations that could leave them feeling unsafe. And even if she does feel perfectly safe, in broad daylight with plenty of people around, isn’t it fair to assume that where she’s going and what she’s doing could be more important to her than stopping to acknowledge every man who tells her he’s attracted to her? Yet some — not all, but again who knows which — get angry and harass her further if she doesn’t respond.

  • Steve

    Several of the things said are pretty genuine and kind. She just looks silly with being straight up ignorant. She seems pretty rude despite the aim is to stay silent for 10 hours. If I was her, I’d break the intent of what I was doing because I’m a kind person. I guess if I ever see her I’ll accuse her of sexual harassment when nothing is actually going on.

  • Charles

    This girl with her fat nose and she obviously doesn’t even squat – bet you no decent guy approached her all day. All the ones in the video look like trash.

  • Peter

    Ten hours of walking and you get less than 90seconds of comments? That seems pretty good, shows that there are very few clowns in this over populated society. Also, the creators of this video are MAN SHAMING me. .

  • kevin

    video analysis….

    29 total comments made
    14 disrepectful (whistles, damns!, and hooting hollering type comments)
    13 friendly (his, hows it going, have a good evening…etc)
    2 creepy gentlemen

    at the end of the video it says a total of 100 comments were made. if the bad comments only outweigh the good comments by 1 and the video only shows 29 interactions what were the other 71 comments made. if you really wanted to make this video that bad wouldnt you post all negative comments?

  • tony

    Not a surprise, a pretty girl by herself walking alone will get hit on by some. Do the same test with a heavy plain looking girl for same reaction? I agree it wrong but that’s life no matter what.

  • tony

    Not a surprise, a pretty girl by herself walking alone will get hit on by some. Do the same test with a heavy plain looking girl for same reaction? I agree its wrong but that’s life no matter what.

  • Jay Whittaker

    I’m against catcalling. I’m against street harassment. But I am for SOME of the gentlemen in the video who merely said NOTHING MORE than “Good Morning and God Bless.” There’s nothing wrong with being nice. I am all for grown gentlemen who have the fortitude to approach a woman IN PERSON and be courteous and cordial instead of bombarding her inbox with messages or sending a barrage of texts. My pops always told me that if you want to meet a woman, you go up and talk to her and give her a reason for her to engage in further conversation. Our parents and grandparents didn’t have all the social media to try and spark something, they had to be bold, courageous and a gentleman. Maybe I’m old school, maybe I’ve read too much Captain America, but I know have the courage to approach an attractive woman and compliment her and try to spark up interest.

    Now some of the guys in here were downright creepy and cavalier and those guys can all die in a fire, but this video isn’t as bad I thought it was going to be. I’ve witnessed MUCH MUCH worse growing up in LA and in my travels to other major cities.

    My point: Guys, show some respect, put down your phone, have some courage, approach her and kindly ask a woman out. Nothing wrong with that. Don’t be a jerk and stop the harassment.

    Also, I bet if she did that same experiment in Salt Lake City, she’d have no street harassment at all, but would have an inbox flooded with creepy messages like.. “Saw you today, you looked beautiful walking down State St.” and a few “Missed Connection” ads on Craigslist.

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