Infamous UK YouTuber Sam Pepper today uploaded a video to his channel addressing backlash against his uploads and rape allegations from last year.
[pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”I can fake the pranks, because it’s like any other industry. Everything moves with a trend.”[/pullquote]
The British-born entertainer begins his newest YouTube video by explaining his previous decision to shut down all his networks and remove all of his YouTube videos, admitting he was ‘ready to give up’. Sam begins his video by saying that he’s always been a fan of pranking, even at a young age before he forged a career online.
One of the biggest reveals in Sam Pepper’s video sees the YouTuber admit to having faked pranks in the past on his channel, in a fashion similar to another fellow entertainer, Adrian Gee.
Sam said: “It’s about the ‘end goal’ and the reaction of the person watching the prank more than the actual person being pranked. I can fake the pranks, because it’s like any other industry. Everything moves with a trend.”
Above: Sam Pepper’s most revealing YouTube video yet.
Sam continues by admitting to faking his ‘whole online persona’, adding that decisions to upload certain videos in the past have damaged his reputation beyond repair.
Moving towards the sensitive issue of the legal rumours of last year, Sam says: “Half the reason why I haven’t talked to you [about the rape allegations] is because it took me four months to talk to my girlfriend about this. Just because of a stupid video I made, people have come out and said complete bullsh*t about me. Of course I’m not a rapist. I wouldn’t be here today if I was.”
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”Of course I’m not a rapist. I wouldn’t be here today if I was.”[/pullquote]
Following the release of Sam’s “Bum Pinch” prank, countless members of the YouTube community including fellow uploaders demanded Sam remove the upload and take a step back from video-making. Despite the reaction, Sam went on to produce the controversial “Murder Prank” at the end of last year.
On the subject of the Murder Prank, Sam has admitted to faking the entire thing. All of the personalities featured in the upload knew what was going on throughout the entire duration of the clip. The Brit has said that he wanted to make a viral video and knew a shocking video would get people talking.
Despite the thousands of negative comments left on Sam Pepper’s Murder Prank video, it was decided that the clip didn’t actually break any of YouTube’s terms or conditions, despite audience members thinking otherwise.
Ultimately, Sam Pepper’s latest video serves as an apology to the YouTube community for a history of faking prank videos again and again.
Whether or not the same community that Sam has lied to will forgive him remains to be seen. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Sam’s social media activity over the coming months, and we’re pretty confident you’ll be doing the same too.
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