Ever since the viral Hollaback catcalling video entered the digital zeitgeist on Oct. 28, Web users have been uploading response and parody videos. Some are serious; others are funny. And today the Are We There Yet channel on YouTube debuted its own take on a video that was supposed to raise awareness (and money!) to fight street harassment against women.
Titled Ten Hours of Princess Leia Walking in NYC, it replaces the original actress from the Hollaback video with the iconic Star Wars character. Leia, played by Michele McNally gets catcalled a number of times— all by very familiar blurred faces. And even the actual catcalls will bring you back to a simpler time— unless you’ve never watched any Star Wars movie.
Produced and written by Josh Apter and Gary Mahmoud of Are We There Yet, Ten Hours of Princess Leia Walking in NYC is well executed, deftly edited and pretty darn funny. But can’t help but think it’s going to have some ardent feminists asking if a video like this makes light of a serious problem. Is it possible to respect the message of the original Hollaback video while enjoying laughs at its expense? What do you guys think? Check out the full video below and leave your comments.