Sam Pepper has more than 2 million subscribers to his YouTube channel because of his wacky pranks, however, his latest video is being compared to sexual assault.
Pepper uploaded a video entitled "Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank" last Friday that features him wearing a jacket with a fake hand, asking women for directions and then pinching their bottoms with his free hand (video below).
“It’s completely inappropriate. It’s against the law, and it just sends the wrong message,” women’s advocate Britni Soto told KCAL9. “It’s the same thing for when people joke about using the word 'rape.'"
The bottom-pinching video had 1.3 million views before YouTube pulled it yesterday. Pepper posted the controversial video on Facebook and added a second video on Facebook showing a woman pinching men on their butts.
Pepper then issued a statement in a new YouTube video entitled, "Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank - THE REVEAL."
"I want to say that all the videos were staged and scripted," claimed Pepper. "It goes without saying that you can't go around touching people's [behinds] without asking."
"Everyone who helped in this video was informed about what I was doing and supported what I was trying to achieve before making this video," added Pepper.
Pepper then thanked people for being "outraged" and lectured his audience on how women are sexually harassed everyday and how men are also victims of domestic abuse.