Saturday 16 December 2017

Video: Was flour ‘avalanche’ footage a viral set up?

IN just one week, the film of two toddlers apparently covering the interior of a house with flour, has been viewed on YouTube more than 1.5 million times, but the online community is buzzing with speculation that the whole thing was faked.

The video shows the two brothers playing with the remnants of a bag of flour in the living room of a house in America.

They seem oblivious to the scale of the destruction they have caused as their mother wanders around the property filming the scene.

As she surveys the damage, including flour-covered upholstery and floors, she can be heard calmly asking her sons what has happened, saying "oh boy, oh gosh. Did you get into the flour?"

Some viewers have expressed doubt about the authenticity of the clip. One, writing under the user name 'NavyCanDo' was suspicious of the flour's even distribution: "Fake, too evenly spread about."

A commentator calling themselves Edpc wrote: "This is contrived. Yeah seriously, 'cause the first thing I do when the kids have covered the whole house in flour is walk around with a camera for 3 mins."

Another critic claimed the mother is a “terrible actress” as her reaction appeared unnaturally calm for such a calamity.

In her YouTube post, the parent who uploaded the film under the user name “mtmuzic”, explained: "Mommy was not feeling well and had to stay in the bathroom longer than usual during which my two boys, ages 1 and 3 took my new bag of flour out of the cupboard and destroyed my house.

“This is from ONE 5lb bag. Don't believe me? Hand a full bag to a three-year-old and see what happens.”

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