A 22-year-old YouTuber has sparked outrage after playing a disturbing, "acid attack-style" prank on people. Arya Mosallah uploaded the videos on his YouTube channel, “ItzArya,” where he can be seen stopping people on the streets of London asking them a question and then throwing water on their faces.
The videos, which have now been deleted, predictably prompted outrage, especially since the city experienced a surge in horrific acid attacks over the past year.
The attackers used plastic bottles to spray acid over their victim’s faces.
Since 2010, there have been more than 1,800 reports of attacks involving corrosive substances in London. In 2016, there were 454 crimes relating to acid, according to the Met Police department. There were 431 acid attacks in London last year where “corrosive fluids” were thrown at people with “intent to cause grievous bodily harm.”
Sensible people were not happy with Mosallah’s shameful videos.
“With the increasing number of acid attacks on the streets of London, this video is anything but funny,” one YouTube commenter wrote.
“I would be terrified and think it was acid, especially walking around London, acid attacks are becoming more common I really don’t think it’s an idea people should be promoting and mocking, shame,” said another one.
“People (are) increasingly worried about acid attacks, and this guy is throwing liquid in complete strangers' faces. Not funny in the slightest,” a third person commented.
Some people thought this wasn’t a prank but an assault. “I’m honestly surprised you haven’t been arrested for assault. These are not funny. Absolutely sick,” one comment said.
“How can people find this funny? This guy should get arrested,” said another one.
Alarmingly, more than 70,000 people liked the video.
Mosallah reportedly said he would make another video if he gets 150,000 likes.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police believe the YouTuber could be arrested for the prank as it was causing “fear, alarm or distress to members of the public,” an offense under the Public Order Act.
“We would encourage anyone who has been a victim of crime — through a prank or otherwise — to contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency,” the police added.
Disgruntled social media users expressed their outrage on Twitter.
Given the frequency and severity of acid attacks in the UK, what Arya Mosallah is doing is humorless and needlessly traumatizing. What’s next? Simulated gang rapes with a laugh track dubbed over for YouTube views? Get a grip, man. Be a better citizen.https://t.co/kgiwdvXvzq— S?? A???? (@IRONSAM96) January 29, 2018
Arya Mosallah should be charged with assault of some kind, be fined, told to write apology letters, and put on probation. Disgraceful public behavior.— The Royal Ancient Latin Aryan King (@NeanderthalKing) January 29, 2018
Arya Mosallah is a vile cunt. Jesus Christ idk where he thought this would be an ok “joke” https://t.co/R2kilInWVC— Henry (@HenryPoyraz) January 29, 2018
Logan Paul: *shows & laughs at dead body*— Jared Waller (@j_bird747) January 29, 2018
Arya Mosallah: Hold my beer
Just read about that stupid prick Arya Mosallah throwing water in peoples faces as an acid atrack 'prank.' What an absolute wanker— Chris Stagg (@CW_Stagg) January 30, 2018
#ITZARYATV @ItzAryaTv @metpoliceuk Dear police officer please note the assaults committed by Arya Mosallah. If he is a UK national, he should be prosecuted, if not he should be banned from this country. https://t.co/BaA4vRuGcE— Richard Macaskill (@MacaskillRb) January 29, 2018
as long as @YouTube allows idiots like #aryamosallah to do exactly as they want on their site, the culture of @LoganPaul - like stupidity, paired with dangerous videos, will never stop. Do something about it!!— Duncan Stripp (@DuncanStripp) January 28, 2018