A Tamil YouTube Channel named ‘Chennai Talks’ has been pretty popular online for its vox-pop format videos. The channel contains over 200 videos wherein a host throws questions at seemingly random people on various tops including relations, sex, movies, etc.
However, according to The New Indian Express, the three YouTubers running the channel including the channel owner Dinesh, host Asen Badshah, and cameraman Ajay Babu recently got into trouble for one of their videos wherein a girl explicitly talks about sex, drinking, the pandemic, and the lockdown.
A complaint against the channel was filed by the same woman who featured in the video. She alleged that they violated the terms she agreed upon. She revealed that she was paid Rs 1,500 to speak in the video and that it was scripted.
“I told him to disable the comments section, but he refused to adhere to my request citing channel policy. The comments were so hurting and I went to a stage of depression,” the woman said, claiming that there were several comments slut-shaming her.
She added that the YouTubers posted the video on other channels too without her consent.
According to News18, the police received a tip-off from a fisherwoman at the beach who informed them that videos were being shot there and people were being asked “uncomfortable” questions.
The Shastri Nagar police inspectors went to the Besant Nagar beach and found the three guys with cameras and mics. All three have been booked for obscenity, intending to insult a woman’s modesty, criminal intimidation, and sexual harassment.
Their equipment such as the camera, smartphones, and mics have been confiscated by the police too. They have now been placed under judicial custody.
பெசன்ட் நகர் கடற்கரையில் Prank show என்ற பெயரில் பெண்களை ஆபாசமாக பேச வைத்து வீடியோ பதிவு செய்து வெளியிட்டு வந்த YouTube channel ன் உரிமையாளர்,தொகுப்பாளர் மற்றும் கேமராமேன் ஆகிய மூன்று நபர்களும் கைது செய்யப்பட்டு சிறையில் அடைக்கப்பட்டனர். pic.twitter.com/35UET3hCDU
— DCP Adyar (@DCP_Adyar) January 12, 2021
The internet can be a vile place. Hence, please be careful about what you agree to say on camera. You never know how it can backfire!