Shoshana Roberts, Subject of Viral Catcalling Video, Turns Her ‘Frustration’ Into a Lawsuit


“It’s frustrating when the nonprofit gets donations, and the director gets ad revenue, and I get people wanting to slit my throat.”

That was Shoshana Roberts talking to the Voice back in May, around the six-month anniversary of the “Ten Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” viral video. She says she got $200 for appearing in the video — and threats of sexual assault from trolls behind keyboards.

“I’ve auditioned for ‘let’s make a viral video’ [projects] before,” Roberts said then. “I didn’t think it was going to go viral.”

Now she’s suing the video’s director, Rob Bliss, along with Hollaback!, the anti–street harassment group.

Debjani Roy, deputy director of Hollaback!, says Bliss approached her group “to see if he could put a call to donate to Hollaback! at the end of the video to raise awareness about street harassment.” A blog post on the Hollaback! website publicizing the video has been removed, but here’s a cached version.

TMZ also reports that Roberts is suing Google, YouTube, and T.G.I. Friday’s — which released a parody video called “#AppCalling.” (Most of the parody videos were terrible, but that one is especially bad.)

Roberts thanked us for our interest and directed us to her lawyer. We’ll update when we hear back.


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