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1 December 2015, 16:21
The Twitter storm rages on.
Earlier this week, PopBuzz reported on the Sam Pepper's latest prank video, which left the internet and Sam's fellow YouTubers shocked and outraged. Since that video first hit the news, many Youtubers have penned lengthy posts, explaining why Pepper should not be welcome in the community anymore. Some have even urged the YouTube overlords to ban him from the site entirely.
But some of the most powerful clapbacks were short and bitter. We've compiled some of the best responses to Sam's "Best Friend Murder Prank" (even the name sounds cringe-y) below.
One of the most thorough smackdowns came in the form of this tirade from Jack Harries.
.@sampepper Who the hell do you think you are? Human abuse is not funny, entertaining, clever or interesting. Its just downright fucked up!— Jackson Harries (@JackHarries) November 30, 2015
.@sampepper Have you read the news lately? Did you see what just happened in Paris? How can you be so fucking insensitive. Get a grip man!— Jackson Harries (@JackHarries) November 30, 2015
.@sampepper I think I speak for the majority of the internet when I say please leave. You're not wanted in this space.— Jackson Harries (@JackHarries) November 30, 2015
This old tweet is suddenly getting a lot of interaction. I guess Sam Pepper's been doing dumb shit again...— Hazel Hayes (@TheHazelHayes) November 30, 2015
It seems like the YouTube community may have reached a breaking point with Pepper. Prominent YouTuber/Viner Ollie McKendrick had this to say:
i've only just seen that Sam Pepper video. i do think it spreads an important message: stop making scumbags famous— Ollie MN (@OllieMcKendrick) December 1, 2015
Others had even less patience for Pepper's latest ill-concieved publicity stunt. This is the latest round of outrage after another controversial "prank" video Pepper posted last year, in which he went around groping women on the street.
Less than a week later, several women came forward with accusations that he deceived, manipulated and sexually assaulted them. No charges were pressed at the time, although the outrage of prominent YouTube creators was swift and terrible. Pepper was also banned from the popular YouTube convention, VidCon.
Unfortunately, this round of backlash feels all too familiar.
i don't think sam pepper sleeps. he just lays there, eyes wide open blissfully waiting for a new day of doing's satan's bidding— BERTie gilBERT (@bertieglbrt) November 30, 2015
.@sampepper Disgusted + outraged by this video and it's concept. It's twisted anyway but in light of recent world events it's Just.So.Wrong.— Carrie Hope Fletcher (@CarrieHFletcher) November 30, 2015
Still waiting on Sam Pepper's next room tour video pic.twitter.com/FAZDKfY8JZ— Evan Edinger (@EvanEdinger) November 30, 2015
And the question still remains.. why is Sam Pepper still a thing?— Will Darbyshire (@willdarbyshire) November 30, 2015
sam pepper is a disgrace to humanity— yas (@pugslester) December 1, 2015
The story crossed the pond quite quickly (as they do on the internet) and several American YouTubers have already had their say. Choice tweets include:
Sam Pepper do you have anything to say for yourself... pic.twitter.com/Cm34JnpXyP— Bradlee (@OfficialBradlee) December 1, 2015
lawyer: "Your honor, my client would like to plead not guilty by reason of 'ITS JUST A PRANK BRO! CHILL BRO IT WAS A PRANK!! CHILL OUT BRO'"— Nathan Zed (@NathanZed) November 30, 2015
Point made. At this point, there was only one tweet that accurately summed up the aftermath of the controversial video - and probably Pepper's entire online career.
You're coming with me @sampepper— Satan (@Satan) December 1, 2015