A social experiment by French Instagram influencer Benco (@benco_94) went viral after being shared by the French YouTuber Dimercitv after a Jewish man, wearing a kippah and tzitzit, prevented a faux suicide attempt.
The video, posted on July 8, was removed because YouTube claimed “The content may contain suicide or self-harm topics.”
קידוש השם: היוטיובר הצרפתי המפורסם dimerci TV, פרסם סרטון, בו הוא עורך ניסוי חברתי ושופך על עצמו נוזל דליק (כביכול), שולף מצית כדי להצית את עצמו. כולם נשארים אדישים, אך תוך שניות ספורות, מזנק בחור חרדי חובש כיפה וציצית, ומפיל מידיו את המצית, במטרה להציל אותו, ולמנוע את ההתאבדות. pic.twitter.com/VGlqn6yTeg— דוד קשת (@david_keshet) July 9, 2023
However, it is still available on Benco's original Instagram.
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In the video, a man can be seen in a crowded area in France pouring an inflammatory liquid over his head while looking distraught.
While many individuals looked at the distressed man, the Jewish man took action.
The observant Jew knocked the can of lighter fluid to the floor and pulled him away from the area to talk.
It is here that other people began offering to help, one making a gesture suggesting that they were offering to call someone.
The clip ends with the Jewish man rubbing the distraught man’s back in an act of comfort.
The identity of the Jewish man is currently unknown, but his actions have created a large impact.
About the YouTuber
Dimercitv has a YouTube following of 3.17 million subscribers and has published 848 videos.
Dimercitv’s content regularly involves conducting social experiments, a type of sociological research used to understand people’s reactions to social situations or events.
Most of the social experiments the YouTuber conducts are not as extreme as the aforementioned. In one clip, he holds a sign while blindfolded announcing “I am Muslim, if you trust me give me a hug.” In other videos, he offers flowers to strangers to see their reactions.