Most people, in one way or another, have been part of a rather scary practical joke or two. Maybe your older brother used to turn off the lights while you were rummaging around for something in that scary basement and lock the door behind you. Perhaps you’ve made prank calls to your friend when you knew they were home alone. Whether you were the one jumping out from a closet or unfortunately getting the crap scared out of you, everyone has been a part of an “all in good fun” scary situation .
The question I have is when does it go from entertaining to just plain wrong?
When you’re a kid, there aren’t many cruel stunts you could pull on your peers that would really put them in any serious danger. A few fake spiders won’t ever really hurt someone, unless the victim is seriously traumatized for life by having them thrown all over you. I guess that is a possibility. But, kids don’t really have the means to set up a prank as elaborate as the pranks that are being pulled nowadays for entertainment purposes.
First, let’s look at the small pranks pulled in a show called “Just For Laughs: Gags”. This French Canadian show has hidden cameras on unsuspecting victims who are about to have a prank played on them. Here’s an example that I found that seemed perfect for what I’m talking about. A little kid tries to scare customers at the post office with a plastic toy gorilla. The real prank is when they bring out a man in a gorilla suit to really scare them.
Mostly, it’s all in good fun. The victims get slightly startled and they have a good laugh after. No real harm done and it’s a quick and easy gag. Now, this morning on Facebook, I saw a link to a video titled: Extremely Scary Ghost Elevator Prank In Brazil. I don’t usually watch most videos on YouTube unless a good friend of mine posts something I may really enjoy, but the title caught my eye and I decided to watch it. Take a look.
Now, is it just me, or is this a little too intense? This prank actually brought people to tears! I totally understand wanting to get viewers and to be different and entertaining, but I think this is going a little bit overboard. Not only are they putting people in a confined place with no escape, they’re bringing the fear of being trapped in an elevator, the fear of an elevator coming crashing down, and on top of it they add a scary girl holding a doll to the mix. Holy crap. If someone played a prank like that on me, I would be beyond pissed off.
This prank could be harmful in many different ways. One thing I worry about is : is it possible that someone could have a heart attack because of it? Another thing is: what if someone attacked that little girl? Not only could the victims be hurt by possibly banging their hands on the elevator walls in an attempt to get out, but the prankster could be hurt in the process. Granted, most victims just hid their faces and screamed, but do they screen their victims ahead of time in order to know that they have to “kick boxing” background or something?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t find it entertaining to watch people cry like that. It seems so cruel to do that to people, and for what? Entertainment? A few laughs at the victim’s expense? At least with the small pranks like Just For Laughs: Gags, the victims can look back on it and smile a bit, without thinking it was the most terrifying moment of their life. I’m sure the victims of the elevator prank would look back in anger. I know I would.
What do you think? Is it Entertainment or Just Plain Wrong?
See you tomorrow morning!
Good Morning, Joe
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