With more than 653,000 subscribers, Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar are pretty popular on YouTube for their hilarious prank videos and thought-provoking social experiments.
However, the latest clip released by the pair has set off a scorching round of criticism online for the way NYPD treats people – in this case, Muslims – when dressed in traditional attire.
“We were filming another video for our channel with our cultural clothing but we kept getting followed by police. So, we decided to film this social experiment on racial profiling,” the YouTube stars explain on their official account called TrueStoryASA.
“Too many innocent people get stopped and frisked every day because of what they wear or their skin color,” they added.
In the three-minute video, the two young men dressed in ordinary clothes pretend to have a heated argument, as a NYPD officer stands close by.
Even after Saleh shoves and threatens to beat up Sheikh, the officer does nothing to put an end to the altercation.
However, when the pair walks past the same cop only 20 minutes later, this time donning traditional Arab attire, the results are much, much different.
“We're against people stereotyping others because of what they wear or what skin color they are,” the pranksters state on their video blog.
On his Twitter account, Saleh added: “And this doesn't just happen to me, it also happens with Muslim women wearing hijab and people with a skin color that isn't white.”
Watch the complete racial profiling experiment in the video link above.