April 15, 2012 |
If this is the future waiting for me, I don't want it. " Spoken by a young girl, those words close Niños Incómodos (Bothersome Children), a video released last week in Mexico to shock, objection, and controversy. It's a viral sensation with more than 2.7 million views. It has drugs, corruption, violence - and all the actors are children. In the opening, a little boy playing a businessman shuts off his alarm and (in a scene one congressman called "unacceptable") takes a drag on his morning cigarette.
March 12, 2014 |
FOR GOD'S sake, you have to do something ! That was the gist of the scores of emails and phone calls that poured into the Department of Human Services late last week, when the world laid eyes on a disturbing cellphone video that showed a little girl repeatedly trying to wake her barely conscious mother on a SEPTA bus. On Friday, the agency announced that it was launching an investigation into the incident, along with the Philadelphia Police...
March 26, 2016 |
West Deptford police are investigating a fierce beating captured in a video that has gone viral online. The video, which has been viewed more than 2.3 million times since it was posted to Facebook on Tuesday, shows a man punching, dragging, and kicking a teenage boy who is curled up on a couch in a West Deptford residence. The assailant warns the victim not to move and threatens to kill the teen if police are called. It wasn't clear who recorded the attack or how the Facebook user, who posted the video with a #STOPBULLYING2016 hashtag, obtained it. Both parties have been identified, police said, and the juvenile victim is safe.
October 5, 2012 |
MAYOR NUTTER on Thursday apologized profusely to the Chester woman who was captured on video being "cold-cocked," in Nutter's words, by veteran cop Lt. Jonathan D. Josey II during a Puerto Rican Day celebration in North Philadelphia. "I have watched it 20 times, and every time I look at it, I am appalled, I am sickened and I'm ashamed on behalf of the good men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department," Nutter said of the video of the infamous punch, which went viral within 24 hours of the incident.
January 17, 2016 |
The scraggly West Philadelphia beard and its scruffy hipster cousin have some well-groomed competition. The trendlet Full and impeccably cared for beards growing on faces that never fancied facial hair. That means the smooth baby face - once the signature of the conservative corporate gent - has more or less gone the way of pleated, baggy khakis. Where does it come from? Beards were standard facial fare until the 18th century, when razors became widely available. Beards came back in style in the 1800s, but when men traded field labor for office and manufacturing work at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, they fell out of favor again.
August 8, 2013 |
The Delaware County mother who police said "flunked Parenting 101" when she was captured on a cellphone video instigating a fight between her daughter and another juvenile has pleaded guilty. Michele Davenport, 45, of Clifton Heights, was sentenced to four years' probation and 80 hours of community service by Judge James F. Nilon after she pleaded guilty Monday to simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. She was also ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation, according to court records.
October 16, 2012 |
On YouTube, it was labeled "Oktoberfest Justice. " A viral video surfaced this weekend showing a man slapping a Philadelphia police officer and immediately getting beaten down by that officer at a South Street beer festival last month. On the video, John Scrivano, 43, of Essington, is seen yelling at an approaching bike officer as a woman tries to restrain him and screams, "Stop!" Descriptions accompanying the video claim he was spitting and throwing beer at passersby. With the officer standing in front of him, and trying to keep him away with his left hand, the bearded Scrivano makes hand gestures indicating that he is daring the officer to do something.
March 19, 2012 |
By David Kenner Here's a puzzle: A video calling for international action to capture Joseph Kony, a Ugandan guerrilla who commands a couple hundred men and has killed 151 civilians during the past year, has been viewed by about 80 million people on YouTube. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - who boasts 600,000 men under arms, along with almost 5,000 tanks, and who often kills more than 100 people a day, according to activists - generates exponentially less outrage. The imbalance is particularly striking on Twitter.
March 17, 2012 |
KAMPALA, Uganda - Ugandan criticism of a viral video about a brutal central African warlord continued to grow since a public screening in a remote Ugandan town once terrorized by the Lord's Resistance Army. The head of a Ugandan charity that showed "Kony 2012" said Thursday he would suspend further screenings after getting overwhelmingly negative reaction from viewers on Tuesday who did not understand why there were so many white faces in the video, or why Kony needed to be made famous.