Is this really the ‘spirit of Manchester’? Vlogger who went viral with ‘trust me I’m a Muslim’ video is accused of playing on grief for ‘click bait’ as footage emerges of him wasting police time and harassing people in the street
- Vlogger Baktash Noori stood by a sign and asked people for a hug in Manchester
- The striking video went viral and people stopped in the street to embrace him
- But it can now be revealed he filmed clips where he tries to embarrass the public
The blogger who went viral with a video of him hugging people in Manchester has been accused of being an ‘attention seeker’ as more footage of him harassing people in the street has emerged.
Baktash Noori stood next to a cardboard sign which said: ‘I’m a Muslim and I trust you. Do you trust me enough for a hug?’
The video was watched almost 400,000 times on his YouTube page which also includes other clips of him playing pranks on the people of Manchester.
But viewers have criticised Mr Noori and accused him of ‘playing on people’s grief for a click bait social experiment’.
Social media user ‘Celtic Tiger’ wrote on YouTube: ‘Man, you’re sad. Playing on people’s grief at a time like this for some YouTube click bait social experiment.’
Delilah McNally added: ‘What is the purpose of this exactly? You know must of these people don’t actually trust you right?? They don’t even know you.
‘Get real! This is just a feel good video to distract from reality.’
It comes as another clip on his Facebook page shows him running up to a police officer to give him a yellow card after his friend pretended to dive as he went past him with a football.
Meanwhile, other videos called ‘Asking People Random Questions’ show him embarrassing people by asking them ‘What is the capital of America?’ and ‘How many oceans are there?’
Some of the people answered his questions correctly – but many failed to do so and he edited the clips in a way which appeared to mock them.
In the police officer video, his friend was dribbling with a ball but fell to the ground and looked at the officer as if he had committed a foul in a game a football.
Mr Noori then sprinted over to the officer and pretended to caution him like a referee would during a match.
In another clip, he asked a different officer in Manchester city centre if he knew where he could ‘get some After Eights’.
During a different video he was filmed approaching random people in the street to ask them directions – before sprinting off in the opposite direction.
He also tried another social experiment which he named the ‘leap of faith’. In that particular clip, it looked like Mr Noori was almost attacked when a man took exception to him falling towards him.
During the hugging clip which went viral, it shows people walking by until one man reads the sign and turns back to give him a heartfelt embrace.
He said: ‘Good man, you’re not alone kid and don’t think you’re outside.’
Then a woman quickly approached and hugs him and a man, and another woman. People of all ages later hug him after reading the sign.
He wrote on his YouTube account: ‘Making this video has been a great experience, the warmth and love I felt from each hug was truly wonderful.
‘I want to thank the two guys that helped me out with this video, without them, I would not have been able to do this: Ahmad & Abdullah.’
Miss Phase wrote on his YouTube channel: ‘I love this video so much! I’m Mancunian and what happened absolutely broke my heart and as a Muslim, it brought a wave of pain, fear and anxiety.’