Warning: like the title implies, this is an angry rant about creepy things. There may also be swearing.
I'm really really sick of this "cool" trend of people doing horrible things to each other as a joke. It doesn't matter if you were giggling or not when you did it, it is still something you did. It is real. And it's creepy.
What the hell is this trend of taking pictures of "hot guys reading on the subway"? So, you're secretly taking pictures of random strangers in public and placing them in a gallery for oggling hotness? That. Is. Creepy! And I don't care, "oh, but guys do that to girls all the time." Yes, they do, and it's WRONG. And I speak up about that, and I'm constantly told to "deal with it," to shut up for being an uptight feminist. And now if I say something, I "don't know how to take a joke." Um, no, how about don't do that? How about, people should be safe to take public transit without being spied on, without their images being secretly collected for a joke, or for a meme, or for the viewing pleasure of thousands of anonymous strangers. What if public transit could just be for people to get from Point A to Point B? This isn't Pokémon Snap. This is real life. These are real people.
And what the fuck is this joke of sneaking up on people and cutting off their hair? That's assault. And the comment section is full of "lol, yes, they deserve it" - and some of that comes from people I know who I really thought wouldn't say that. It's a sad day when you see that kind of "joke" encouraged by people who have previously spoken out about human rights and freedom and public safety. Yes, it's just a joke, but it's REALLY going up to someone and REALLY cutting their hair off. To clarify, that is forcibly altering something about a person's body without their permission. Why is that allowed? (Although, to be fair, there have been many other people who commented that the joke went too far, so maybe I'm not so crazy for seeing it that way).
There's another video accompanying it, saying it was staged, but... the comments in the first video include people saying how it's a great idea and they want to do the same, in some cases naming specific people. One guy said he wanted to do it to his teacher. Someone else said he doesn't like one-year-old babies with short-hair ponytails and he wants to do this to them. So, just to be clear, because of this joke, there is now someone out there who wants to assault babies. And there is a chance that when he does so, everyone will think it's okay because "it's a joke." And if I speak up, I'm the one who can't take a joke.
How about this? How about, before you jump on a meme or play a "joke" on someone, you stop for two seconds and actually think about what you're about to do to another human being. And, when someone tells you, "what you're doing is wrong and creepy," before you snark at them for ruining all your fun, think about what if maybe they're right and you shouldn't be taking creep shots of people. No, it is not harmless. It identifies real people and places them in a creepy context and, if nothing else, it's something you're doing to another human being without their knowledge and permission. If you're going to laugh at that, and even participate in it, you don't really have an excuse when someone does that to you.