Another pet peeve: Videos that don’t live up to the expectation set by their thumbnails

Do not watch the video! I’ve linked it only to show the thumbnail.

Not much to this one, but I was just randomly looking at my YouTube home page while waiting for my photos to upload to Facebook, when I was reminded of this pet hate, thanks to the “Watch it again” section.


False advertising at its very worst

Do I need to say any more? It’s not like I read the caption properly… “female gangbangers” but I must’ve missed the “History Channel” part. I assumed it was from some new show, maybe some action sci-fi porn crime thriller combination or something… Who cares what? I see a beautiful brunette full of arty tattoos and I want more, so I click.

Don’t take the (click) bait, dear male reader… No, what you actually get is forty-something minutes of supersize American women talking shit. What are they talking about? No fucking idea. I used my mouse to seek randomly through the video, did not see anything like that preview image, and closed my browser tab in disgust.

Look, I’ve got nothing against documentaries, but for goodness sake, use an appropriate preview image that’s relevant to the documentary. Otherwise, it’s clickbait and false advertising at its very worst.

I hate when videos have thumbnail images that promise one thing, and deliver something completely different.

In this case, someone obviously took a porn screenshot, using a very different context of the word gangbang. I don’t even watch porn any more, so I felt really stupid and suckered after clicking the video link. But doing that just to get page views, and make no mistake, it was done deliberately… that’s just wrong.

Update: Found via the comments on that page… The girl in the video thumbnail is “Gogo Blackwater”, a “Suicide Girl”. I’m not entirely sure what suicide girls are, but they seem to be models featured in clickbait and some risqué poses. They have a Facebook page and site, where presumably you can pay for more. (The image used for the video thumbnail can be found here.) I’m still not sure if this is a genuine model or if she is the “adult entertainment” industry, but it doesn’t matter, because she clearly has nothing to do with the video. That first frame was added in deliberately to produce the thumbnail image, so this is an example of pure clickbait. Thumbnail added just to get more clicks. Disgusting.


About Jerome

I am a senior C# developer in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am also a recovering addict, who spent nearly eight years using methamphetamine. I write on my recovery blog about my lessons learned and sometimes give advice to others who have made similar mistakes, often from my viewpoint as an atheist, and I also write some C# programming articles on my programming blog.
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