One student in Nanjing recently had the bright idea to invite a bunch of his schoolmates to make out blindfolded while he filmed them on camera. After some editing, he had a viral hit on his hands.
The undergraduate student, Liu Ke, invited 20 students studying at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics, age 18 to 20, to a little something he called “Hello Stranger.”
The video starts with Liu interviewing the participants, asking them about their opinion on the event, the reason why they wanted to join and their personal kissing experience.
“I think it is quite a novel thing to do, and I would like to experience it while I am still young. It should be quite interesting,” one of the students explained.
“I think that I will regret it when I’m older if I don’t do this now,” echoed another excited participant.
Following a lengthy prologue, the participants finally got down to business.
After the video went viral, netizens hotly debated the merit of Liu’s project. Some thought the video was meaningful and that the activity could help to build trust between strangers. Meanwhile, others saw it as nothing more than a shameless performance. More cautious netizens also worried about the health issues related to sucking face with someone you don’t know.
“I am quite confused. Why do we need to build trust by kissing strangers? Isn’t kissing supposed to be something you should do with people you like?” commented one netizen on Weibo.
“Just another group of dumbass students trying to get famous online,” wrote another.
“Isn’t holding hands and saying hello more suitable? Will you be brave enough to rescue a woman you’ve never met before from being abducted after you kissed some strangers? It’s just more bullshit from undergrads,” echoed another.
While most of the participants were single (at least before the kissing), some of them went with their partners. There was even one girl who gave away her first kiss to a stranger. Liu also didn’t keep it heteronormative, with boys smooching boys and girls pecking other girls on the lips.
At the end of the video, Liu Ke reveals that he had been inspired to make this video after seeing similar ones created abroad. Surprise.
Watch the video below:
Then compare it with the original:
By Liting Lin
[Video via Tencent]