In “Drive By Shooting Prank”, the three brothers are depicted tricking a father and his young daughter into believing they are in the midst of an Islamist terrorist attack. Donned in traditional Arab garb, Max, 20, Arman, 18 and Rebeen, 16, point a toy rifle at the pair from a car, while loud gunshots roar from the speakers.
Upon hearing the blasts, the child is seen clutching her father’s leg before sprinting for cover.
The panel, comprising Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore, Peter Helliar and esteemed journalist Stan Grant, was deeply concerned by the video. Given their failure to provide The Project’s producers with the contact details of any of their pranks’ victims, Aly voiced suspicion that Jalal’s stunts are staged with actors.
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“We have a theory… we reckon everyone who is in them is in on the stunts. We reckon they’re acting,” he told the brothers.
But the trio insisted all of their videos are “as real as they get”, telling Aly the young victim in the Drive By Shooting Prank was “a bit shaken up at first”.
The entire panel was aghast, but none more so than Stan Grant, who has witnessed terror first-hand.
“I’ll tell you what’s real. I spent 10 years covering war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, right through the Middle East.” He admonished. “I’ve stood in the blood of terrorist bombings…
“There is nothing funny about this, there’s nothing real about what you’re doing. It’s abhorrent.”
When probed about the morality of their pranks, the brothers justified their actions because they gifted the traumatised girl with “lollies” and “a teddy bear” to calm her down afterwards.
Unsurprisingly, that wasn’t good enough for Bickmore, who asked: “Have you been nearby when an AK47 has been fired?” The boys snidely replied, “No, have you?”
Believing their videos are no different to the tricks on TV shows like Punk’d and Scare Tactics, the group refused to acknowledge the gravitas of their cruel pranks.
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The Jalal’s YouTube channel currently features titles like “Bomb Prank”, “Public Kidnapping” and “Public Suicide”.
Referencing the theme of terrorism which is consistent across majority of Jalal’s 23 videos, Helliar queried, “What is the point that you are trying to make?” to which eldest brother Max responded: “Entertainment purposes.”
Each of the provided excuses were inadequate for the panel, who were visibly frustrated by the trio’s blasé attitude.
“The idea of a terrorist attack like that is not a hypothetical fictional idea to people right now. It’s one that is very real.” Waleed reiterated.
Before signing off, the brothers begrudgingly conceeded, “The skit was pretty irresponsible, yes.”
Explaining that such an incident would leave her “shakey for a long time”, Bickmore added, “I hope they’re getting paid on that YouTube channel and they can afford a psychologist for that poor girl for the rest of her life.”
“If that happened to me, I would be scared of noises, I would be shaky for a long time after that,” she added.
What do you think about the Jalal’s pranks?