No matter who you are, you probably feel some type a way about this harassment video. Since Hollaback dropped it on the Internet earlier this week, everyone's had something to say. Clearly, the video tells a story, but what type?
Was Shoshana Roberts—the actress who walked the streets of Manhattan for 10 hours straight—being catcalled, complimented, or just straight up harassed? Was it all three? Why does the video have an overwhelming number of shots filmed in Harlem, suggesting that men of color are the only men responsible for this kind of behavior? What neighborhoods did Ms. Roberts skip?
While producers have said any perceived racial bias in the video is unintentional, the fact remains that its lack of diversity serves to perpetuate a stereotype of black and Latino men as sexual predators. But what do the men in Harlem—specifically, on 125th Street, which featured prominently in the Hollaback video—think about all of this? We talked to a few of them about the video, race, and how to talk to women on the street. Check out their answers both in the portraits below, and the video above.
Lauretta Charlton is an Associate Editor at Complex. She's not a TiVo, so don't ask her to smile on demand. She tweets at @laurettaland.