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article imageVideo of 20 strangers kissing goes viral

By Syra Sharif     Mar 11, 2014 in Odd News
Imagine having to kiss a complete stranger, well one filmmaker took that idea and made it real. Director Tatia Pilieva posted a video of 20 strangers kissing on March 10 and the video has already garnered more than 15 million views (and rising).
The idea of the video is simple, to just film people kissing. It has many people saying it is beautiful and wonderful all at once. Complete with the awkward moment stage of meeting someone for the first time, the couples in the video immediately latch onto each other and kiss passionately like there was never any awkwardness making it weird and entertaining to watch. But, of course here is the catch. A lot of these couples are actors or models (which would explain why they are so beautiful).
Amanda Hess pointed out in her Slate article though that the video is actually an advertisement for a clothing company based out of Los Angeles. She writes: “Actually it’s an advertisement for clothes, and most of the strangers are professional performers who are experienced in acting out love, sex, and intimacy for crowds.” While that hasn’t stopped people from calling the video beautiful, Hess notes that it’s important to realize that these people are actors who are in general not bad people to look at either. She added that if the video was filmed “with a more diverse cast of all the people in the world who constitute “strangers,” the result would have been unsettlingly comedic than searchingly romantic.”
This is true, because people tend to be drawn to beautiful things and people. Unfortunately, sometimes we laugh instead of marvel at things or people that are not all that nice to look at.
This is likely exactly what makes it viral. A testament to the fact that models are probably always going to be the things people want to watch, despite them being a little too perfect for the average person.
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