The devious duo have raked in ad revenue bucks from their viral scam. And as far as their profiling hoax goes, you know what they say about –’crying wolf’.
Via The Smoking Gun:
OCTOBER 21–In a cynical and duplicitous attempt to capitalize on New York City’s documented racial profiling problems, a pair of bloggers have created a video purporting to show an NYPD officer stopping and frisking a pair of Muslim men for the crime of wearing traditional Islamic garments.
But the viral video is a sham, a staged production aimed to go viral and pile up views and YouTube channel subscriptions for its young creators, Brooklynites Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar, who get a piece of the revenue generated by ads that run before their videos play.
The duo’s video operation–which is named “TrueStoryASA”–has racked up 60 million YouTube views and has more than 661,000 subscribers on the video-sharing site. While most of the pair’s videos involve pranks, sidewalk attempts at comedy and social commentary, or “Muslim-related stuff,” their latest clip seeks to latch onto an issue that has troubled many New Yorkers and tainted the NYPD.
Titled “Racial Profiling Experiment,” the 2:53 video (seen above) was uploaded Sunday to YouTube, where it has already been viewed in excess of 135,000 times. The clip has received coverage in several publications, including the British newspaper The Independent and The Huffington Post.
10/21 UPDATE: After TSG exposed the video hoax, a spokesperson for Saleh and Akbar claimed to Capital New York that he had “behind the scene footage” proving that the profiling episode was not faked. Asked for additional details, the flack told reporter Azi Paybarah, “We can’t give out details for follow ups–it breaches confidentiality.”
However, despite that shaky assurance, the videographers subsequently copped to their perfidy (albeit sneakily). They edited the video’s YouTube description to report that the clip was a “Dramatization of previous events that occurred with us in our tradition clothing while filming in NYC. This video is not against the NYPD.” [...]
Link at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRLkwkG5nPE
I did not embed the link, as I refuse to be a party to their receiving a single view (which is why I did not embed the video above or below). If you wish to view the video, copy and paste the URL into your browser.
Bold faced lies:
We sincerely apologize to any body who may have been misled that this was an actual event.
We apologize to you if you were effected directly or indirectly especially the NYPD it wasn’t our intention to make anyone look bad.
True story ASA on Twitter: @TrueStoryASA
True Story ASA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrueStoryASA
Adam Saleh – http://www.Twitter.com/
Sheikh Akbar – http://Twitter.com/SheiikhAkbaar
Adam Saleh – http://www.Facebook.com/AdamSaleh23
Sheikh Akbar – http://www.Facebook.com/sheikh.akbar1