October 30th, 2014
01:57 AM ET

Actress in viral 'catcall' video receiving rape threats

Imagine receiving incessant harassment for simply walking down the street. The advocacy group Hollaback says it happens to women every day. In a video calling attention to the problem of 'catcalling,' an actor name Shoshana Roberts walked around New York City for ten hours behind a filmmaker with a camera hidden in his backpack. In an interview with Anderson, Roberts says she was harassed more than a hundred times that day and ever since the video went viral with more than 40,000 comments - she is now receiving rape threats.

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  1. v3rlon

    If it was over 1000 catcalls, why does the video show the same few over and over?
    Also, "good morning" is not a catcall or harassment. "How are you?" Some people talk to other people even without ulterior motives. Some even just say things in passing. I am NOT talking about the guy who followed her for five minutes and then got showed a few times cut in with people making less obvious communication to make them look like those comments were harassment.

    If you have to fudge your data, you're lying.

    Sure, she got some catcalls/harassment. I guess she didn't get enough so they had to play it up. I wonder that in 10 hours, she only got that handful to build that video and them made some much bigger claims. For the record, I say things like 'hello,' 'good morning,' and 'how are you doing,' with absolutely no intention of anything sexual. People say these things to me, and I do not assume they are trying to harass/flirt/whatever with me.

    Is the argument, "You must read my mind/body and determine that I want to talk to you before you are allowed to speak with me?"

    November 4, 2014 at 9:39 pm |
  2. That Uncut Raw

    Of course she's receiving rape threats. This is the internet, the home of dirtbag weirdos who spew disgusting garbage from the comfort of their keyboards, things they would never say in public. Add to the fact that more and more people are getting access to cell phones and computers, and you can expect this kind of stuff to happen more and more frequently, unless websites start figuring a way out to truly ban people for sending rape/violent threats. Honestly, I feel like these people should be charged with crimes, as if they were sending threats in "real" life. That would get a LOT of these weirdos to cut it out.

    November 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm |
  3. robviviano

    Im sorry but this is absurd....I'm a guy, I look good, I dress well, I am in law school, I get complimented on my looks all the time. I also see women and speak with women who love the attention they get. Some women wear very low cut shirts and very tight yoga pants that expose their frontal parts, as well as their back-sides quite poignantly, so I wonder at what point do women need to look out for themselves and attribute some of the blame to their choice of dress? If I were (as a male) to walk into school with my genitals bulging out of some tight yoga pants, I would have many women staring and perhaps also saying stuff, I think a lot of this is nature and I would ask this cat call lady to stop flattering herself and get on with life

    November 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm |
    • That Uncut Raw

      Are you for real? Your comment was ridiculous on all sides. First off, regardless of how good looking of a guy you think you are, I highly doubt you've EVER had to deal with what that woman was going through for even an HOUR, so I'm not sure where you feel you have the right to speak against and criticize women who don't like the cat-calls and gross comments, which to you, for some reason, is just positive attention. Secondly, the woman in the video wasn't wearing "provocative" clothing. And even if she was, that doesn't give guys the right to act like animals. Yes, some women dress provocatively because they like the attention, but I doubt many women like THAT kind of attention. Maybe I was just raised differently (and I have been with a few beautiful ladies in my lifetime), but the way the guys in that video were acting is not the way to treat or talk to a woman.

      November 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm |
  4. antano1970

    She should be happy she didn't hear, "hey thunder thighs, whassup!".
    So she walked around for a long time entrapping guys on hidden camera. I didn't see a lot of well trained bruthas in that video for sure.

    November 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm |
    • That Uncut Raw

      If she were walking around and saying the kind of nonsense the guys were saying to her, then yes, she would be trying to entrap those men. However, she was walking down the street, minding her own business, not making eye contact with anyone.

      November 4, 2014 at 6:37 pm |
  5. Christina Lynn Johnson

    You'd be surprised this doesn't just happen to young beautiful size 6 and under women either .. Maybe not so frequently but it does come into play across many size and ages ..

    October 30, 2014 at 7:12 pm |
  6. Kyle King

    CNN: 'Anderson Cooper Lost in Snowstorm' http://wp.me/p57EPD-5R

    October 30, 2014 at 5:03 pm |

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