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I Thought The First Kiss Video Was Creepy. Don’t Kick Me Out Of Humanity.

Confession: the 20 Strangers Kissing For The First Time video mostly creeped me out even before I heard it was an ad with mostly models, actors and musicians.

But once I did know, I expected communal backlash. Instead I still see it posted on everywhere with BEAUTY! LOVE! HUMANITY!

Maybe I’m missing the humanity chromosome, but I don’t see a human connection. I’ve never been pulled off the street, dressed by an Los Angeles boutique and paired with a stranger dressed by the same clothing store and told to kiss in front of a camera. I would hazard to guess these are the first 20 people to have this happen ever except for the ones who are actors on the video.

Is our modern-day experience so photoshopped that beautifully dressed strangers awkwardly talking before shoving tongues down each other’s throats feels authentic? Because the last time I saw that happen, I was a college frat party, and even the beer felt fake.

But here we are, a video with 41 million hits and me wondering if only awkward people find watch awkward people awful because the only person, who was equally put off by the video before finding out it was more ploy than people, was my husband. Maybe we are both missing this humanity gene. Or we really are soul mates.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

7 thoughts to “I Thought The First Kiss Video Was Creepy. Don’t Kick Me Out Of Humanity.”

  1. You’re definitely not alone. I refuse to even watch it because that’s just weird. And I used to run college orientations, which is basically the same thing a this video.

  2. Yep. I never watched it because all I could think when I saw it being shared was “gross.”

    I don’t want my mouth on anything I don’t know well except maybe a cheeseburger.

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