Community leaders to Brooklyn pranksters: Stop before someone gets hurt

BROOKLYN (PIX11) — Community leaders are calling for two brothers from Bay Ridge to stop with outrageous pranks — or someone could get hurt.

The Etayyim brothers, Moe and Et, have been filming in Brownsville, East New York and Bed-Suty or “the hood” as they often refer to the neighborhoods.

“It’s not funny because you have people who are characteristically under-served, who may have been victimized or feel they have been victimized,” said City Councilman Robert Cornegy.

The brothers try to get a passerby to fight them in the street with idiotic tactics and questions.

In one video titled “Do You Have A Problem In The Hood,” the brothers go up to strangers and ask if they “have a problem,” while holding a calculator.

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The pair’s other work involves sitting on strangers’ laps on the subway, grabbing people’s cellphones and farting on people.

Video contains graphic language

A gun was even pulled on one of the brothers.

Community activists are, needless to say, concerned about these brothers’ behavior. They are demanding the brothers put an end to their antics.

Cornegy loves Bedford-Stuyvesant. He says Mo and Et are picking fights in the wrong neighborhood.

“We’ve suffered with the monicker “Do or Die Bed-Stuy” for decades and now were at the point where people are having a renewed pride in their community and to do this sets us back decades,” Cornegy said. “They are coming in, provoking unnecessarily and irresponsibly black and Latino men and for what? So they can get YouTube ratings. It’s ridiculous.”

Many say the brothers are mocking residents of lower income neighborhoods. Others are concerned that this kind of silliness could start violence quickly.

The brothers claim they’re not being racist, and that they target everybody.

One brother, Moe told the Daily News, “Every time we go out to prank, we are never serious. We don’t think about it. We don’t make anybody’s day go wrong.”

The brothers insist it’s “just for fun” and that they’re going to “just keep doing it.”

11 comments

    • jay

      Wtf has that got to do with anything, they are young kids trying to be youtube famous and “make it”

  • J ELLIOTT

    THIS IS WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN, THEY GONNA MESS WITH SOMEONE & THEY’RE GONNA GET THIER HEADS BLOWN OFF MESSING AROUND IN THE HOOD ! SITTING ON SOMEONES LAP OR WALKING UP AND ASKING PEOPLE WHATS THIER PROBLEM IS NOT GOOD ! I’M WAITING TO SEE THEM GET THE SHIIT BEATEN OUT OF THEM ON YOUTUBE ! BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN IF THEY KEEP MESSING WITH PEOPLE LIKE THAT ! PEOPLE LIKE THAT IS WHO I CALL BULLIES ! GOOD LUCK GUYS & HOPE YOU MAKE IT WHEN SOMEONE POPS A CAP IN YOUR HEAD OR A KNIFE IN YOUR STOMACH, THEN IT WILL BE TO LATE TO SAY IT’S A PRANK !
    NOT A GOOD THING THEY ARE DOING ! GOOD LUCK GUYS, SEE YOU IN THE OBITURARYS ! KNIGHT RYDER !

  • Eric R. Howard

    They already come close to being killed when a guy pulled a gun on them… and they still do it like idiots vitaliy does this but he his pranks are tone down and he targets everyone he even gives money to people just for the hell of it but these guys are just crazy :l

  • bennywithers

    They r crazy fucking around in bk cause bk dont play those bullshit games…realtalk ..if they run up on me on a bad they will get it hard body…realtalk

  • Jessica

    I don’t get it, somebody walks up to you and ask if you have problem and then whips out a calculator- so you punch them?

  • Tariq O'Malley

    how funny is that?
    The “community leaders” say that they are going to hurt themselves. So they are admitting their neighborhood is dangerous. They want to lose the “do or die bed stuy” rep…but they are telling the “pranksters” if you do you might die.

    • Adrian Robinson

      You my good man is whats wrong with society. You live in a world of black and white when different shades of grey exist, you twist information to support your reality, and expect everyone to jump on board. Im pretty sure that in any culture when provoked a person or persons would have similar reactions. Here are some facts so you may see how ignorant your comment is; youtube videos are edited and only shows you what the poster wants you to see, they were probably out there for 4-5 hrs recording you only saw 5mins, the brothers used slang that are known to provoke negative and violent reactions then played it off for the correct american english use ( they knew or they would not be filming), ALL neighborhoods are dangerous even yours. This is America freedom of speech and all but in the future do two things try to look at situations from all points of view, and watch what you post because ignorance is contagious.

  • NeverSkurred

    Intentionally provoking anyone is not a prank. It’s not funny. They are simulating situations in which a threat of violence or intimidation is usually expected. And targeting TWO white guys doesn’t mean they’re “going after everybody” just like having one black person in your office doesn’t make your work environment diverse.

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