Black and Latino males are owed an apology from the makers of a popular catcall video, which has gone viral on the Internet. In order to create the necessary drama and psychological tension the video producers, Hollaback, an anti-street harassment organization, and the marketing agency Rob Bliss Creative, edited out the white males. And why would they do that? It makes for a more psychologically engaging viewing experience, because it exploits sexual stereotypes that whites have about men of color.
Lindy West at the Daily Dot offered the following insightful comment:
Hanna Rosin makes this point in an article entitled: The Problem With That Catcalling Video. She explains:
At the end they claim the woman experienced 100-plus incidents of harassment “involving people of all backgrounds.” Since that obviously doesn’t show up in the video, Bliss addressed it in a post. He wrote, “We got a fair amount of white guys, but for whatever reason, a lot of what they said was in passing, or off camera,” or was ruined by a siren or other noise. The final product, he writes, “is not a perfect representation of everything that happened.” That may be true but if you find yourself editing out all the catcalling white guys, maybe you should try another take.
By placing such manipulative, specific, politicized constraints on the issue of street harassment—that is, the subject is a “nice” white or white-passing lady wearing the “right” clothes, and the catcallers depicted as almost exclusively men of color—it allows the bulk of the audience to divorce themselves from the problem.And tweeter, Roxane Gayrten was even more to the point: ". . . the racial politics of the video are fucked up. Like, she didn't walk through any white neighborhoods?"
Oh, street harassment isn’t about me. I’m a white businessman. Oh, I don’t have to do anything about her harassment. She was dressed like a slut. Not my world, not my life, not my problem.