NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) — The director behind the viral New York City catcall video addressed a question many people on social media asked – where are the white men?
Rob Bliss answered questions about the production and post-production of the 2-minute video in a Reddit thread. Several users addressed the statement at the end of the video, which says “100+ instances of verbal street harassment took place within 10 hours, involving people of all backgrounds.” They mentioned not “all backgrounds” – particularly white men – made an appearance in the video.
In response to this, Bliss wrote “We got a fair amount of white guys, but for whatever reason, a lot of what they said was in passing, or off camera. So their scene were [sic] a lot shorter, but the numbers themselves are relatively even.”
“Also, we didn’t always capture the audio or video well- there’s a siren that kills the scene, or someone walks in front of the camera, so we had to work with what we had. Cities are noisy, and full of people that walk in front of the camera, you know? By chance, this is how it looked, but we really did have a broad spectrum of people that said/did something,” Bliss wrote on Reddit.
Bliss also said the two men who followed her in the video “by chance were black.” The scenes with them make up nearly half the video “so [the] two guys represent literally half the video.”
In the end, Bliss says the video contained a very small sample size of men in just 18 scenes.
“People are acting like we took a survey, and there’s no way a survey of 18 is going to mean anything. That’s why we put at the end that people of all backgrounds catcalled, because that’s the truth, and we knew that just 90 seconds wasn’t going to be able to be a perfect cross section of who cat calls. And by setting a 10 hour time limit, we didn’t have tons of material to create a video with 100% ideal ratios regarding the race of who catcalls.”
The video, which was published Oct. 28, has since been viewed more than 17 million times.