[UPDATE: 06/19] Explorer Nick has changed the title of his apology video once again. It now reads: “LOL shanghaiist IS FAKE NEWS.” He has also altered the video description to “My fake apology video to trigger the media into covering me after the story died” and added a trolly new thumbnail image.
public enemy No. 1 in Taiwan last week, a British “pick-up artist” has managed to become more even despised after issuing a public apology for his actions, only to go back on it a day later.fter becoming
28-year-old Nicholas Coakley goes by the name “Explorer Nick” online. He is a disciple of the notorious fellow “pick-up artist” David Bond. Generally, the two spend much of their time traveling around Asia, shooting videos of themselves harassing women into giving them their phone numbers. The encounters are filmed via concealed cameras and often the women do not know they are being recorded. Some of the videos are edited in such a way to insinuate that the pick-up attempt leads to sex.
Recently, the two took their act to Taiwan with Nick posting multiple videos onto YouTube of his encounters with young Taiwanese women. The YouTube videos are only teasers, linking to a paid website called TaiwanGirlsEasy.com where he promises his fans access to the full, uncut videos if they pay a certain price. “See Raw Travel Clips Too Crazy For youtube,” the site promises.
Last week, Nick’s videos quickly sparked outrage across Taiwanese social media with some women who were featured in the clips stepping forward to say that they did not know they were being recorded (and had certainly not given their permission), that the footage had been edited out of context, and that they did not appreciate being labeled “easy.”
As the outrage grew and spread, some locals began to track down the whereabouts of Nick in order to warn women to be on the lookout for him. Others took things a couple of steps further and started sending him threatening messages. One screencap published by Taiwan News shows someone warning Nick that Taipei’s criminal underworld was after him and that they want to cut off his cock.
Apparently, such a threat was enough to get Nick to remove all of the videos from his YouTube page and to promise to take down the website he created (claiming he cannot do so immediately because his web developer is on “religious holiday”). On his alternate YouTube account, he issued a video apology, saying:
Last week, I made bad YouTube videos about Taiwan girls being easy and I made a website called TaiwanGirlsEasy.com, and I wanted to make an apology video to Taiwan because I have been racist, I have been insulting towards women, I have been a bad person here and Taiwan was nice to me and I did just ruin their face.
First I want to say sorry about the content on TaiwanGirlsEasy.com, filming those girls, and I want to apologize for filming the other girls that were on the YouTube, and I want to say sorry for disrespecting Taiwanese culture, and, if you must know, I was thinking that I was a good person and I wasn’t. And I’m sorry that I didn’t see this and that it took pressure for me to realize this and it took me fearing for my own safety and the stress I felt over the last few days to finally realize this. So I’m sorry for that too and I just hope that people will leave me alone and accept my apology, and I hope one day when I eventually leave Taiwan, another day I can come back. But for now, I just hope that people will leave me alone and I will be leaving Taiwan at some point in the near future.
Many doubted the sincerity of this apology video and they were quickly proved correct with Nick changing the name of the video to “Explorer Nick Fake Taiwan Apology” a day later. Many of his YouTube videos are now back up, his TaiwanGirlsEasy.com website remains live, and he has even uploaded two additional videos from Taiwan on his alternate account.
“I decided to retract on my apology, Taiwan is too much fun, and I want to enjoy myself here more. I think I let it get to me too much, anyway let’s go out and party!” he writes in the caption underneath the latest video, which is a particularly cringe-worthy one showing him being rejected by woman after women.
In the comments under that video, his friend, David Bond, responds: “Man i’m glad we’re leaving Taiwan soon, the girls here are ugly and boring… hong kong & china next, let’s hope it’s better lol.”
If the duo are indeed heading to China next, Nick can at least boast that he held firm to the “one China policy” for a time, irritating Taiwanese netizens by describing Taiwan as “China” and labeling the women there as “Chinese girls.”
Interestingly, he does appear to have made at least one concession. A video which used to be titled “Meeting Chinese girls in Taiwan” and which had featured an extremely racist thumbnail image and the words “I Love China!”…
… has now been changed to read “Meeting Taiwanese and Chinese Girls in Taiwan” with a new, much less provocative thumbnail image.
Additionally, when traveling from now on, it seems that Nick will have to do without Airbnb as the company has apparently banned him after a woman who had been filmed without her permission filed a complaint against him.
Nick is also reportedly not welcome in Thailand after a young Thai woman went to police last month, saying that she was unaware that she was being filmed by the so-called “pick-up artist” and calling on the officers to arrest him.
According to Coconuts Bangkok, it is possible that Nick could be charged under Thailand’s computer crime laws for posting content online that is likely to expose another person to humiliation. The offense is publishable by up to three years in prison and a $6,000 fine, so the 28-year-old YouTuber might want to avoid both Taiwan and Thailand for a while.
[Images via Taiwan News]