After the video of a woman getting catcalled in New York City more than 100 times went viral last week, the New Zealand Herald decided to try the same experiment and received drastically different responses.
In late October, anti-harassment organization Hollaback released a video of a woman in jeans and a t-shirt walking through New York City for 10 hours. The volunteer, Shoshana B. Roberts, noted that she is often harassed on the streets, which proved to be true in the video recording.
The original video was filmed with a GoPro camera hidden in the back of director Rob Bliss’ shirt. In the recording, Roberts received more than 100 catcalls while simply walking around. However, when the New Zealand Herald conducted a similar experiment in Auckland, the results were quite different.
Model and yoga instructor Nicola Simpson volunteered to walk the streets for five hours as her experiences were recorded, though there wasn’t much to note. Several men did double-takes as she walked by, but for the most part Simpson was largely ignored. During the entire video, only two men stopped to talk to Simpson: One politely complimented her appearance, and another simply asked for directions.
“It was nice; it was a change from New York,” Simpson, who lived in New York City for five years, said. “I don’t want or like the attention at all. It’s not a compliment.”
Since it was uploaded on Monday, the video has accumulated over 300,000 views. The original NYC experiment has been viewed over 33 million times.
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