A YouTuber who claimed to have had her make-up tutorial ruined by an earthquake has divided opinion on whether she was unfortunate, or simply attempting an ambitious prank.
On 5 July, a massive 7.1 earthquake hit Los Angeles, California, causing chaos across the area.
Later that day, YouTuber Ali-J uploaded a clip of herself in which she appears to be doing a pretty standard ‘hey guys’ make-up tutorial video, but as she applies her deep red lipstick, the whole room begins to shake, pictures fall from the walls and Ali-J ends up looking a bit like The Joker as her lippie smears across her cheek.
The video, which is pretty funny whether it’s legit or not, has attracted a lot of attention, with many people questioning whether it’s a prank or not.
In the comment section, people pointed out that it had been over a year since Ali-J had uploaded anything to her channel, while others wondered why the camera didn’t fall over and why other items in the background stayed put during the power quake.
Questions were also raised about the length of time the quake hit, with the LA quake reportedly lasting a lot longer than the one in the video.
But other internet sleuths dug even deeper. Someone on Imgur managed to find a Buzzfeed video in which people try out a 7.5 magnitude earthquake simulator and they reckon that it bears more than a passing resemblance to Ali-J’s living room.
An imgur user put stills of the clips side-by-side to point out possible similarities. Credit: Imgur/BPNAVE/Buzzfeed/Ali-J
Now given that all of Ali-J’s previous uploads are filmed in this very room, she either filmed a bunch of content inside an earthquake simulator and then spent two whole years waiting for the right time to pull off this prank and post this video – which is incredibly impressive if true – or she didn’t.
A quick look at the comments on her other clips shows even more people discussing the ‘earthquake’ video, with one person suggesting she is wearing the same earrings in both clips despite claiming they were filmed more than a year apart.
I’ll let you all come to your own conclusions about what actually happened.