Trollstation

Trollstation (previously named TrollStationUK) is a YouTube channel consisting of, as well as collaborating with, numerous British pranksters who perform pranks and social experiments, more recently focusing on the latter. The pranks carried out by members of Trollstation are filmed covertly, often without the permission of those involved; however, they are revealed to be pranks soon after. Some of their pranks have led to criminal convictions of some members of the group.

Trollstation
GenreReality, Comedy, Pranks
Created byTrollstation
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Release
Original networkYouTube
Original release2013 –
Present
External links
Website

The channel suddenly attracted particularly high publicity after a coordinated series of pitch invasions during a UEFA Europa League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Partizan Belgrade on 27 November 2014.[1]

In March 2016, Trollstation Founder and cameraman 'Digi Dan' was jailed for nine months after being convicted of staging a bomb hoax and mock robberies in London.[2]

In May 2016, four other members of Trollstation were jailed for between 16 and 20 weeks after staging a 'terrifying' fake art heist which caused a stampede at the National Portrait Gallery. Five members of "Trollstation" - some with tights on their heads - burst into the central London art gallery playing a loud alarm and pretended to steal paintings, just a week after the 2015 Sousse attacks. The gallery's visitors fled in apparent panic and one woman passed out, while others were trampled on in the rush before the group moved on to Tate Britain where they carried out a fake robbery and kidnapping, a court was told.[3]

As of February 2020, Trollstation has over 1.3 million subscribers on YouTube with 427 million views. On 28 August 2018, they took a break from uploading videos but returned on 17 November 2019.

Notable pranksEdit

Pranks include a rap battle between two police officers,[4] a child dropping a wallet in front of strangers to see if it is returned,[5][6] and a blind man dropping his wallet.[7] An extremely long selfie stick was another.[8][9] Other pranks included 'abusing a transvestite',[10] impersonating traffic wardens and giving tickets to police officers,[11][12] invading the ring at a WWE SmackDown match,[13][14] a woman approaching men in public asking for sex[15] and pointing a toy gun at police officers.[16] The video involving Daniel Jarvis handing out parking fines to police, confusing the officers involved, featured on Channel 4's Rude Tube.[17]

A temporary 'nightclub' was set up on a London Underground train, with a bouncer, music and promoter. Some members of the public appeared confused and laughed at the situation, whereas others looked disgusted.[18][19][20][21] In another covertly filmed prank, Trollstation created a strip club on the tube.[22]

Trollstation set out to observe how people reacted to seeing breastfeeding on a tube train. This was carried out by the 'victim' Amina Maz and the 'verbal abuser' James Slattery. Maz feigned to breastfeed an obscured baby, and Slattery acted as if he was extremely uncomfortable with these actions. Passengers opposite them on the carriage initially said nothing, smiling at the drama of the situation. There were sniggers from passengers when Slattery demanded that Maz move to a different carriage, with one man intervening, telling him he was "acting aggressively". When Slattery drew the others into the conversation about breastfeeding on the tube, about six people unanimously agreed that Maz had the right to breastfeed in public, and should not be harassed or victimised for doing so. The video became viral on multiple social media sites, including YouTube and Facebook. Most expressed disgust towards James Slattery, especially from non-regular viewers unaware that he was acting in a social experiment.[23]

On 27 August 2016, Trollstaion uploaded a video titled 'UK Burkini Ban Social Experiment'.[24] The video involved 2 of the Trollstation members, Amina Maz (pretending to be a Muslim woman, dressed in a burkini) and Endrit Ferizoli aka Light (pretending to be a Police Officer) on Southend on sea beach. The video gained national attention due to the ongoing debate in France over the banning of the 'burkini' on French beaches. The video was covered online by prominent English newspapers such as the Daily Mirror [25] and The Daily Telegraph[26] They were also featured on BBC News and Light and Maz were interviewed by Kay Burley on Sky News.[27]

Non-UK pranksEdit

The team dropped a wallet 45 times during a visit to Dubai, and it was returned every time.[28][29][30][31] Another prank involved acting drunk in public places, an illegal act in the state.[32][33][34]

Pitch invasion controversyEdit

 
The White Hart Lane stadium pitch that was invaded during a match.

On 27 November 2014, during a UEFA Europa League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Partizan Belgrade, three men encroached the pitch consecutively as part of a publicity stunt, later uploaded to YouTube and named 'Pitch Invasion Prank'. The first man, Nathan Thompson, remained on the field for five minutes, even taking a photograph with Tottenham player Kyle Naughton. Thompson remained on the pitch unchallenged for approximately five minutes before stewards restrained him.[35]

Play was resumed by the referee before a second man entered the field of play: Gomes Garcia. Garcia 'lasted' a considerably less amount of time, being captured by stewards more quickly, with Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado actually pulling off the prankster's shirt.[36]

On 1 December 2014, Thompson, Garcia and Jarvis were charged with pitch invasion. The court heard that the trio were handing out 'Bass Buds' products outside the stadium as part of a promotional stunt when they allegedly made a "spur-of-the-moment" decision to encroach the pitch. Tottenham Hotspur themselves were fined just under £12,000 for the incident and all three men were obligated to pay £155 each, as well as facing a ban on attending football games until 2018.[37]

Art Gallery Heist and subsequent arrestsEdit

On 5 July 2015, Gomes Garcia, Daniel Jarvis and Ebenezer Mensah staged a prank which involved pretending to steal paintings from the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Gallery. They were adjudged to have caused panic and distress among the visiting public, and the court compared the prank to a 'terrorist incident'.[38]

The incident has led all three men, as well as Dan Vahn Lee (DigiDan) and Endrit Ferizolli to serve jail terms ranging from 12–20 weeks.[39] Jarvis, Ferizolli and Mensah were released in July 2016, Garcia was initially threatened with deportation to his native Portugal but was allowed to remain in the UK after an appeal to the Home Office.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tottenham pitch invasion: YouTube pranksters Trollstation take credit for 'pitch invasion challenge' at White Hart Lane". The Independent. 28 November 2014.
  2. ^ "YouTube pranksters jailed after 'terrifying' fake art heist". The Guardian. 16 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Trollstation pranksters jailed after staging 'terrifying' fake heist at National Portrait Gallery which caused stampede". The Mirror. 16 May 2016.
  4. ^ "La vidéo du jour : un policier fait un battle de rap dans la rue". focuSur.fr. 19 February 2015.
  5. ^ El Comercio (25 April 2015). "YouTube: ¿Hay gente capaz de robarle a una niña? (VIDEO)". EL COMERCIO.
  6. ^ Diario Panorama (5 February 2015). "Una de cada cuatro personas le robaría a una niña". diariopanorama.com. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  7. ^ "RUSH HOUR: The stories you need to know today". NewsComAu. 21 August 2014.
  8. ^ 自由時報. "神器到底可以有多長?沒錯!就是這・麼・長". ltn.com.tw.
  9. ^ Annukka Heikkilä (15 March 2015). "Maailman pisin selfie-keppi – kehtaisitko käyttää?". Stara.
  10. ^ Krol, Charlotte (5 April 2015). "Video: Man abuses 'transvestite' but quickly learns his lesson - Telegraph". Telegraph.co.uk.
  11. ^ "Cheeky prankster Daniel Jarvis dresses up as traffic warden and issues fines to police officers - Metro News". Metro. 5 March 2015.
  12. ^ Fiona Simpson. "VIDEO: Funny or plain stupid? Gravesend prankster, Daniel Jarvis, attempts to give police officers parking fines". This Is Local London.
  13. ^ "WWE fans storm ring at Smackdown in London - Business Insider". Business Insider. 15 April 2015.
  14. ^ http://news.ameba.jp/20150419-174/
  15. ^ "YouTube: la reacción de los hombres al ser coqueteados por una mujer (VIDEO)". larepublica.pe.
  16. ^ "Toy gun prankster shoots London police in online stunt". news.
  17. ^ Rude Tube Featuring Daniel Jarvis. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2016 – via YouTube.
  18. ^ "Video: Tube carriage nightclub prank baffles London Underground passengers - Telegraph". Telegraph.co.uk. 15 September 2014.
  19. ^ "An awkward and quite funny nightclub on the Northern Line". irishexaminer.com.
  20. ^ "A Group Of Party-Goers Turned A London Tube Carriage Into A Nightclub". BuzzFeed.
  21. ^ Alain Tolhurst. "Passenger captures secret Tube rave on Northern Line train". London 24.
  22. ^ "ΔΩΡΕΑΝ στριπτίζ στο Μετρό! Πού & πότε;;; (ΔΕΙΤΕ ΦΩΤΟ ΒΙΝΤΕΟ)". Patratora news - νέα και ειδήσεις απο την Πάτρα τώρα. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  23. ^ "Breastfeeding social experiment on London Underground goes viral". The Telegraph. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  24. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH6rYwAgABY. Retrieved 1 September 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  25. ^ "'Burkini ban' social experiment shows 'UK policeman' confronting Muslim woman - but how do Brits react?". The Mirror. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  26. ^ "UK beachgoers defend Muslim woman in burkini prank video". The Telegraph. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  27. ^ . 31 August 2016 https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/771008640828313600. Retrieved 1 September 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  28. ^ "En Dubai viven las personas más honestas del mundo (VIDEO)". SinEmbargo MX.
  29. ^ "Social Experiment: Would You Steal In Dubai?". Morocco World News.
  30. ^ The National staff. "Dubai's perfect show of honesty". thenational.ae.
  31. ^ "Dubai inaongoza kwa uaminifu". bbc.co.uk.
  32. ^ Cleofe Maceda, Senior Web Reporter. "Dubai 'tourist' goes 'binge drinking' in public". gulfnews.com.
  33. ^ "UK pranksters release new spoof video on binge drinking in Dubai". Arabian Business.
  34. ^ "Τι γίνεται όταν ένας "τουρίστας" κερνάει αλκοόλ τους ντόπιους στο Ντουμπάι;". protothema.gr.
  35. ^ "Tottenham pitch invaders charged over stunt in Partizan Belgrade game". the Guardian.
  36. ^ "YouTube pranksters Trollstation release full video of huge pitch invasion during Tottenham match - Metro News". Metro.
  37. ^ "Tottenham pitch invaders fined £155 apiece and banned until 2018". the Guardian.
  38. ^ "YouTube pranksters Trollstation jailed over fake robberies and kidnappings".
  39. ^ "Jail sentence for YouTube pranksters". 16 May 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk.

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