Woman From That Viral Catcalling Video Is Suing Its Director For $500k

The subject of last October’s viral video about catcalling in New York City is suing its directors for “at least $500k,” reports TMZ. Shoshana Roberts, the woman who was filmed walking through the streets of NYC for 10 hours as men harassed her, has filed suit against director Rob Bliss and “anti-street harassment group” Hollaback! “for using her likeness to promote their agenda.”

Her attorney says Shoshana did not have a written agreement with Bliss. He wouldn’t say if she was paid for the gig, but believes she didn’t get everything she was promised. He refused to be more specific.

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Rob Bliss and his “viral marketing agency” Rob Bliss Creative are responsible for other videos you might have seen shared ad nauseam on Facebook, including “Homeless Veteran Timelapse Transformation” and “Christmas Surprise Traffic Stop with Lowell Police.” The agency’s website says their work “can almost always be summed up as: fun, inclusive, hopeful.”

“10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” is maybe one of those things.


Contact the author at bobby@jezebel.com.

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Roberts ... has filed suit against director Rob Bliss ... “for using her likeness to promote their agenda.”

They didn’t tell her that the video was anti-catcalling? This is such a bizarre case. Rob Bliss is not a bad dude: He creates guerrilla-style adverts that have promoted feminism and other social causes. Did he trick her into supporting a feminist cause? If so, why?

Incidentally, she is also suing Google, Youtube, and T.G.I. Fridays for an ill-conceived commercial that replaces her image with a series of Friday’s appetizers. Literally turning Roberts into an object seemed like the right way to sling greasy d’oeuvres at idiots who also drink on-tap Yuengling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juypml…

View that weirdness at your own discretion.