Now that they’ve uploaded their second video to their new channel, we’re still here. And that’s that.
Actually, their second video is a real doozy — they stage a white man breaking into a car and then a black man breaking into a car. How do you think surrounding people react? How does a cop react? Check out the must-watch video below to learn the answers, and then read my interview with Jason Roberts of Simple Pickup and Simple Misfits about the video below that.
How did you come up with this video?
Jason Roberts: This idea spawned when I locked myself out of my own car. The locksmith, who happened to be black, arrived to help me out. While he and I was unlocking my car, I found that people and many drivers passing by were giving us dirty looks/looking intently to see if we were doing “anything shady” even though it was very very clear he was a professional who was helping me in need (based on his workers jacket).
What gave you the motivation to make this video?
The motivation behind this video is basically showcasing that even in the 21st Century, we’re still dealing with the realities of how people are treated based on their stereotypes.
What do you mean?
Regardless if we say otherwise, stereotypes still affect many of us on a daily basis. Some stereotypes bring a specific person up, while other stereotypes can hurt an individual. For example, as you can see in the video, the white guy and the black guy are doing the same thing. However only the black guy gets harassed by police officers. At one point, one of the officers takes out a weapon from his holster.
What do you want people to take away from this video and your channel?
I hope people share this with their friends and family. Hopefully, this will bring up a strong question regarding stereotypes in America.
I want to make it clear that Simple Misfits will be doing more social experiments even beyond race. But, I want to make all the messages fast paced, light hearted, and to the point. If I can make a deep subject shareable and easy to understand, then we’ve done our job.