Last Saturday we went to a popular mall in Virginia and conducted a bit of a social experiment. Using his real first and middle name, and with the help of just a few staged people, tons of people believed Thomas was a famous actor, including mall security. The mall assigned us a security detail who escorted us everywhere and helped close stores for the supposed celebrity. They also took us through private corridors to avoid the frenzy. Our cameras were quickly shut down, and most of our footage was captured with a single iphone. The following is just a taste of all the autographs, pictures, and people who wanted get close to all the commotion. Do something fun today.
So, the next time you see people crowding around someone for signature, do not join in the fun if you do not know that person.
Below are some interesting comments from Youtube users:
LMAO people are so stupid
Awesome! The girl giving the number to him, she appears on 1:35 walking by him! Hahaha..
109 people don't know who Thomas Elliot is.
Wow, as said before, but I think it needs to be said again: most people are uber stupid ... this would easily happen back here in Brazil ... unfortunately...
and in the end...... he really became a celebrity....... the end
wow this is the coolest way to score a one nighter with a blonde ive ever seen... props thomas elliot you may end up famous yet hahahaha
White girls are good looking.. luckily their simple minded too!
I don't know why people react like this, but I'm pretty sure it is not a good thing.
I don't know whether to be scared or depressed by this, because:
1) I would swear that was Bridgewater Mall in NJ, so every major mall in the US looks the same apparently
2) Which may explain why in a sea of uniformity people are so desperate to find something or someone "special".
Celebrity worship? They're just people. Wake up morons.
JUSTIN BIEBER I LOVE U
All that hard work ruined by Comic Sans at the end.
Yes, I'm sure this only happens in America you ignorant pricks. Let's see how Europe reacts when One Direction is in their city.
This is why i hate bitches, screaming like they actually know his ass.
This reminds me of the time Brad Pitt delivered my pizza. We chased him down the street and his pants fell down.
Thomas is the purple Telly tubby!!!!..
People are Sheeps what idiots.
It'd be better if they showed who were the staged people just to show the effect.
It's actually pretty sad how quickly some of those girls were willing to sleep with him just because they were told he was somewhat famous.
Where perception is reality, he was/is a celebrity. Really it is no different than the Kardashians or the Jersey Shore people. If you say someone is a celebrity and they believe it, then I guess you're a celebrity. It's not like pretending to be a doctor where you need to pass exams first. Being a celebrity is just being famous. I think we saw just how easy that can be.
I wouldn't be surprised if this happened a few years ago but with how quickly people can google on their phones these days, I am surprised that this many people believed it. *facepalm* Still hilarious, great job. hahaha
Celebrities are normal people like you and me. because they have money or are tv, you think they're super awesome.. success can be a double-edged sword. good job guys. really shows how people have become obsessed with celebrities to the point that just a person saying they're a celebrity can get this much attention.
I'm from virginia beach, this is just too damn funny. I wanna know how he could get them to shut down stores in MacArthur, thats not an easy task.
I did the exact same thing 15 years back, but at that time we didn't have camera, we managed to fool a few, but soon other chickened out.. This makes me feel good..lol
Just shows how sad society is and how they will just follow the crowd ...shame
I was about to thumbs up this, then I saw the end font...comic sans.
lol it's funny that they were all saying they loved him when they've never seen him a day in their lives. ahh gotta love fangirls.
Love it. Half the people don't even know which movie he's from and they're still following him around
So if he slept with that chick that give him her number.. would that be considered as rape?
No? She would have agreed to it. He just told her a fake name and career. It'd be immoral sure. But rape? No more than lying about you name would be considered fraud.
It looked like most people were intrigued by the crowd following him, but since they didn't know they didn't care. So it turned into staged people following a guy around a mall trying to cause a commotion and then confused people asking about it from crappy cell phone camera angles. While I do admit it would be lots of fun to be apart of, it was a dull video.
My friends and I did this in the 80s. Seems i looked at a lot like John Cougar Mellencamp who was hugely popular back in those days. Anyway we had a lot of fun with it.