I was going to ignore this message but it honestly shocked me that you can’t see why this is such a serious matter. Let me tell you a little story. When I was 13 and my body no longer looked like one of a child, I was walking on the street on my way home and a car stopped by my side. The window rolled down and it was a man, probably around his 40’s, looking me up and down and smiling. He asked me if I didn’t want to go on a ride with him. I kept on walking, ignoring him and he followed with his car slowly. I was scared that he may have a gun with him (I lived in a dangerous city back then) so I didn’t run or scream or anything in fear that he might do something. I found the nearest shop and got inside and had my mum pick me up even though I was 5 minutes away from home.
Now, the man didn’t touch me. He didn’t say much besides calling me a cutie and eyeing me up and down. But now, everytime I’m walking by myself on the street and a car slows down by my side, my heart beats faster and I fear that it might be another dude wanting something.
I don’t know how many girls Sam pranked during the making of that video, but now those girls will probably hesitate when a stranger stops them on the street. Maybe they’ll avoid going to that place where Sam pranked them again, in fear they might see him. Maybe they’ll stop wearing skirts or shorts when they’re out alone because they don’t want random guys touching their bodies without their consent. And it’s not only about them, but it’s about the people who saw him doing that - either live or on video. People will remember that strange dude who was pinching girls’ bums. People that will now avoid walking alone because that might happen to them. Girls that will silently pray whenever they’re stopped on the street, hoping it’s not a pervet trying to take advantage of them.
Sam did not kill anyone, but he’s made a shit ton of people inscure by his actions. People that will probably fear doing certain things now because of what he did for his own amusement. And no one deserves to live in fear of walking on the street because this energumen thought it was a fun idea to touch someone without their consent just for kicks and giggles.
So I disagree when you say people are taking this too far. They’re not. It wasn’t just a prank. This is not only about what Sam did. It’s about the effect his actions had over the people he harassed, the people who watched him do that to others.