Let’s file this one under “Only in New York City” news.
Last week, as a seemingly homeless woman tried to sell 300 crickets and 300 worms on a New York City subway train, she suddenly threw the insects onto passengers, causing pandemonium. Well, now the woman in question, who is not homeless, is a self-proclaimed actress who says she was conducting a social experiment.
Yes, a social experiment.
In an exclusive interview, actress Zaida Pugh tells CBS2, “I just wanted to do a video of what the homeless people go through and how we look at them.”
But no one was thinking about how they treat displaced folks: Commuters were screaming and crying; the emergency brake was pulled; and passengers were stuck in the D train on the Manhattan Bridge for a half an hour during rush hour. The New York Post noted that Pugh went as far as urinating on herself.
“I feel sorry with some things, like how it went,” Pugh says. “I didn’t want it to go so drastic. My biggest regret is the bugs — how far they went and how hard they were hit. And then there’s the emergency brake. That just made everyone panic even more. It wasn’t supposed to go that way. It was supposed to be a 1-2-3 thing.”
But in a tone-deaf statement, Pugh stresses things could have been worse.
“I think it would have been way worse if I’d have the roaches,” the 21-year-old woman says.
“People need to stop pointing fingers. I know there’s a lot of folks who are upset, but there’s meaning behind what I’m doing,” she explains. “I do care about people. If I didn’t, I would’ve been like, ‘I don’t give a damn, I’m not going to explain myself in no interview.’ I could just post my videos and let it go viral and not go on the news and stuff, but I don’t, because I want people to understand me and my message.”
While Pugh, who was punched in the face repeatedly by a passenger, was taken to the hospital in handcuffs and released after the incident, police have issued an arrest warrant for her. And, sadly, she has no plans to stop pranking.
“Maybe no more bugs. I don’t want to give too many details, because it’s going to be a surprise. Hopefully, the next time they see something they’ll be shocked and amazed and will actually enjoy it,” Pugh says.
What a mess.
SOURCE: New York Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter