Several actors were recently filmed in what they thought was a public service announcement on feminism — but they couldn't have been more wrong.
Conservative street reporter Austen Fletcher, creator of Fleccas Talks, helmed the video project, which he shared on his YouTube channel and titled, "Actors Cold Read Facts on FEMINISM Off of a Teleprompter."
What are the details?
In the video, Fletcher and his team encourage the actors to cold read facts from a teleprompter that completely shut down feminists' notion of the patriarchy, toxic male masculinity, and the gender wage gap.
The actors' responses in some cases are outright comical.
The video begins with simple text, which says, "We held an open casting call for an Honest PSA," and continues with a producer telling the actors about the project in which they'll be taking place.
"So basically what we're doing here today, we're having people read real facts about a variety of subjects," the producer says. "These are all true facts, and we're wanting to capture real, honest reactions to what the facts are."
What did the facts say?
Simple text then pops up on the screen that reads, "They are reading these facts for the first time."
One of the actor participants reads a blurb about the wage gap, which effectively explains that the wage gap statistic that a woman earns 77 cents to every dollar a man earns is figured by skewed reporting and incomplete supporting information.
By the time the participant finishes her sentence — in which she reads, "When such relevant factors are considered, the wage gap narrows to the point of vanishing" — she looks perplexed, and thoughtfully adds, "Hmm."
Near the conclusion of the video, another of the actresses, apparently feeling duped, says, "I thought this was like, feminism. ... I'm realizing what this is now."
The video had received over 86,000 views, and that number is quickly climbing.