AceShowbiz - Actress Shoshana Roberts, who was filmed walking on the streets of New York for an anti-harassment PSA, receives rape threats after the social experiment video went viral. Hollaback, an organization which collaborates with Roberts for the video, says in a Twitter post sent out on Wednesday, October 31 that the actress has been receiving threats online and asks fans to report the accounts.
"The rape threats indicate that we are hitting a nerve," Hollaback director Emily May explained to Newsday. "We want to do more than just hit a nerve though, we want New Yorkers to realize - once and for all - that street harassment isn't OK, and that as a city we refuse to tolerate it."
The video, which received 10 million views in less than 24 hours, shows Roberts wearing plain black clothing while walking on the street. Video director Rob Bliss walks in front of her with a concealed camera.
Roberts was subjected to more than 100 catcalls during the walk. In an interview with The Guardian, Roberts commented on the street harassment, "Not only does it stop my train of thought but it just creates unnecessary stress of comment after comment."
In related news, "Saturday Night Live" star Michael Che was criticized after he made light of the issue on social media. The Instagram and Facebook posts are no longer available, but some news outlets managed to screen-capture one of the posts on his Facebook page.
"I wanna apologize to all the women that ive harrassed with statements like 'hi' or 'have a nice day' or 'youre beautiful'. i cant imagine what that must feel like. the closest thing I've experienced is maybe when a girl recognizes me from tv and they say things like 'AHHHH!! OH MY GOD!! SNL SNL SNL!! TAKE A PICTURE!! TAKE A PICTURE!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! WHATS YOUR NAME AGAIN?! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! WAIT SAY SOMETHING FUNNY!!' but even that is nothing like the harrassment of having a complete stranger tell me to 'smile,' " he wrote.
He added with a follow-up, "I wanna apologize for my last apology. sometimes i forget that i belong to all of you now, and that any thought i have should be filtered through you, and receive ur approval. its tough, because im used to taking risks and finding humor in places of discomfort. but thats all over, cause i have a job on tv. and if i say the wrong thing [you'll] see to it that its taken away. so the next time i have a silly thought, [I'll] giggle to myself, keep my mouth shut, & post a picture with my arm around a more famous person i met somewhere."
Che also said people who criticized him misunderstood his posts. "I think some of u are misunderstanding that post. im simply just making fun of something that is important to a lot of people," he tweeted.