Youtube comedy duo Nick Joseph and Dan Rue have faced online backlash after a video of the pair in Japan appears to show them abducting a child.
Though the clip was filmed last year and originally posted in September, the clip resurfaced on social media last month – resulting in outrage.
Joseph and Rue – best known for their ‘Oh no baby! What is you doing?’ meme – are seen dancing in public during the minute-long video, before Rue is seen picking up a small girl in the street and running away. Joseph then says: “Jackie [Chan] will find you” as he films.
When first posted, it was pinned to the top of Rue’s Twitter profile with the caption: ““I found the girl from Rush Hour”.
As Buzzfeed reports, many have responded to the clip – claiming that the stunt is “attempted kidnapping”, with one user calling the duo “disgusting”.
Another Twitter used said: “I don’t like bringing attention to this kind of content but if you wanna be an annoying & obnoxious dickhead in public that’s one thing, but don’t be GRABBING little kids (while they’re holding their parents hand especially, wtf) and RUNNING off with them this shit is wack man.”
In response to the outrage, Rue took to Twitter to claim that the stunt “was staged with the family,” and that the girl is “clearly laughing”.
“We had to edit her laugh out the end when we PRETENDED to take her,” Rue posted. “That’s all I’m saying have a blessed day. Don’t have time to argue it’s clearly a definitive conversation.”
Many are likening the clip to the recent Logan Paul video, which saw the YouTuber partaking in a wide range of racially motivated and inappropriate behaviours.
Paul had previously faced social media backlash, after uploading a vlog in which he visited Japan’s infamous ‘suicide forest’, and filmed the deceased body of a victim.