New Zealand recreated the viral video of a woman who walked around the streets of New York and got more than 100 rude catcalls, but the results could not be more different.
Last October, “Hollaback,” an anti-harassment organization, released a video of a woman in plain jeans and shirt, walking around New York City and getting more than a hundred catcalls. This video went viral, with over 32 million views on YouTube, and sparked debates about street harassment that most women experience not only in the US but in other countries as well.
The actress who appeared in the New York catcalling video, Shoshana Roberts, was especially affected by some of the comments about the experiment. After the video went viral, some threatened that they would r**e, hurt and even k**l her.
In Auckland, New Zealand, the newspaper “New Zealand Herald” conducted a similar experiment. 26-year-old model Nicola Simpson walked around the streets of Auckland for 5 hours while a videographer secretly recorded her.
The result between the NYC and Auckland video is extremely different. A few men subtly checked Simpson out, but nobody catcalled her or verbally harassed her. Only two men approached and talked to her. The first one asked her if she was Italian and told her she looked nice. The man even apologized later on for approaching her. The second guy only asked for directions.
In an interview with the newspaper, Simpson said that she felt comfortable walking around Auckland especially since she does not find catcalling a compliment.
The new video earned positive comments mostly for the society of New Zealand. Those who have watched it agree that society plays a big part in preventing street harassment, and it’s not just because ‘Boys will be boys.’ Teaching boys and men to respect women could do a lot in ensuring women’s safety especially in public places.
Herald videographer Bradley Ambrose said he was both pleased and surprised by the experiment.
“I saw a lot of people looking at her – both male and female, giving her the up and down and making eye contact, but there was nothing there that worried me at all.”
Watch the New Zealand version of the viral catcalling video here: