Get ready because this video might break your heart.
A YouTube user inspired by the recent “Would you help a freezing child?” social experiment in Norway — which featured a young boy sitting and shivering in the freezing outdoors and passersby who literally took the jackets and sweaters off their backs to help him out — decided to have his own take of the experiment in the US, by creating a homeless child experiment.
Filmmaker, Yousef Erakat, captured the reaction of passersby to a young actor dressed as a homeless boy holding up a sign that read: “I just want enough to get my sister a meal.”
Unlike the people in the Norway experiment who helped the child, most people in this video cared less about the young homeless boy and found no interest in his situation.
According to The National Center on Family Homelessness 1 in 45 children experience homelessness each year. This number amounts to a shocking 1.6 million children in America.
Because the homeless children are mostly unseen, a lot of people do not realize that they exist today, even though the numbers have been increasing for some time now.
“I did not expect to capture so much lack of empathy,” Erakat explained. “We shot all day, and came out with $2.10 which was all returned.”
“Was it too much to stop for two seconds and ask him what was up?” He also added. “Where his parents were? Where his sister was sleeping?”
The video has received many different opinions on YouTube one commenting: “Just another way to get publicity for money. How does this help anyone homeless?” And another added: “I was emotionally disturbed…… what world am I living in?”
But perhaps the most shocking and unexpected part of the video is when the tables turned and Erakat was put in a situation to help someone else out. We won’t spoil it for you, but we can guarantee it will leave an impact.
Check out the video and tell us what you think of Erakat’s experiment.
What would you have done if you saw that homeless child?