It has been revealed that a viral video of a statuesque human dressed in a ‘Chucky’ outfit and assaulting a maskless straphanger is a coordinated prank. The situation spiraled out of control pretty fast when a lady yelled: “Get the f**k off of me — what are doing you?” The character from the “Child’s Play” horror franchise grabs a maskless lady as other train riders observe. Before walking on, one guy eventually pulls Chucky a foot or two across the concrete.
A train rider cries, “Somebody help her,” but nobody else seems to be trying.
Miguel, a self-described actor, comedian, and influencer, reported to The New York Post that the event was not, in fact, a strange and random attack by a deranged imitator, but a social experiment, and Brooklyn filmmaker Rodrigo Valencia took the footage. Sara, the maskless survivor of “Chucky,” also identifies herself as an actor and comedian on Instagram and was in on the joke.
Miguel, who acted as Chucky in the daring stunt, confessed that he had wanted a bit more from curiosity seekers. He said that he wanted people to at least help the lady out. She’s a woman surrounded by people crying for help and not one individual reached out.
Miguel told the Daily Dot that the intention of the prank was to see if New Yorkers would rise to the challenge and support a female being threatened by “Chucky.” “No one helped, as planned. They wanted to film instead,’ Miguel said of the clip, which was widely circulated after being uploaded on Tuesday on Reddit and Instagram.
Sara made sure not to put a mask on.
Miguel said that they chose not to wear a mask for Sara to see if that would affect people helping her out in a situation like this.
It was pretty much the same reaction when the crew carried out the prank on another subway car.
Any observers were horrified at the lack of support for Sara.
In response to the video, one user tweeted to the extent of over 12,000 likes:
“How could you see this happening and not help her???????????”
Take a look at the video and let me know if you’ve lost faith in humanity:
Are people really that scared of dolls?
Although dolls may seem scary to those watching such horror movies, most people don’t fear that they’re potentially going to be hurt by a doll.
A few individuals, though, have an extreme and unreasonable fear of dolls. Also vaguely linked to dolls, this terror, called pediophobia, can be caused by mass culture, horror movies, or other frightening events.
Pediophobia is a form of phobia referred to as a specific phobia, an excessive fear of something that poses no real danger. In the United States, specific phobias concern more than 9 percent of adults. Thinking of or seeing a doll will cause those with pediophobia to have extreme symptoms of anxiety, even though they realize the fear is unfounded.
Seeing or hearing about dolls may lead to anxiety for individuals with pediophobia, which is so severe that they can become paralyzed with fear.
Specific phobias can be relentless and terrifying, such as pediophobia, but they are often very preventable. Phobias are addressed properly by mental health providers who can provide support to help the individual.
There is also no explanation of the precise root cause of pediophobia. Pediophobia may be caused by a disturbing experience, such as seeing dolls in a horror movie or an occurrence that is linked remotely to dolls.
Maybe you were taught by an older sibling about the dolls that came to life in the darkness of the night.
Specific phobias can run in households, suggesting they can have a genetic aspect. However, from seeing parents or other family members be scared or resisting stuff like toys, it can also mean that these feelings may be taught.
In women, these forms of phobias tend to be more common. There is also a greater prevalence of phobias formed by persons after undergoing traumatic brain injuries.
You tend to equate the terror that you experience with other dolls with particular fear-inducing scenarios, including those that are apparently harmless. When presented with a doll or an image of a doll, this constant pairing of dolls with other disturbing, frightening stimuli can lead to experiencing fear or nervousness. “Be it learner-centered experiences or observational experience through others, education is a major factor.
Although few researchers have researched the unique fear of dolls, research into what causes us the heebie-jeebies, in general, has been carried out. In 1970, the word “uncanny valley” was invented by Japanese robot scientist Masahiro Mori to describe the anxiety that occurs in individuals when confronted with these experiences.
People react well to robots at first, even when they’re more functional, but that varies at a certain stage. When the robots are really similar to being life-like, this normally happens, but still, do something that is out of human character. That’s why you start finding them disconcerting and, maybe, weird. Basically, while we are drawn to just how close they are to us, we are still a little scared.
In one international report, scientists interviewed more than a thousand individuals regarding general “scariness” and found that uncertainty is a key factor in what induces certain feelings of fear if something is subject to even more than one understanding.
If you get tingles from the sight of your grandma’s old Chinese dolls, you are not alone. While very little analysis on the terror of dolls has been carried out, all you have to do is glance at the plethora of famous movies and television shows showcasing the (often bloodthirsty) toys of children and know that many people cringe at their sight.
But if dolls just make you feel a little twitchy and uncomfortable, simply say no and watch something else; most of your friends will understand. Although a lot of people were ticked off by New Yorkers for not helping the lady, it seems like there is more to this phobia than first meets the eye.