This won’t make you feel good. Some of the reactions in thatvideo that went viral earlier this week appear to have been faked.
Former NASA engineer Mark Rober uploaded a video to YouTube on Monday that showed him getting back at thieves who were stealing his packages. He designed a fake Apple HomePod package that blasted glitter and fart spray after the box was opened. If that weren’t enough, four phones inside the package recorded all the action.
The package was then placed outside of Rober’s house, as well as at other people’s homes. The revenge video has racked up more than 42 million views.
Now, Rober has acknowledged that some of the reactions in his original video masterpiece may have been staged. The suspect scenes took place when the packages were placed at other people’s homes, though he stood by the fidelity of the reactions recorded at his own home.
“I was presented with information that caused me to doubt the veracity of 2 of the 5 reactions in the video,” Rober said in a statement posted on YouTube and Twitter on Thursday. “It appears (and I’ve since confirmed) in these two cases, the ‘thieves’ were actually acquaintances of the person helping me.”
Rober has since removed about a minute and a half of the original video to delete the apparently faked reactions, he wrote.
Viewers began dissecting the original video soon after it was uploaded and noticed some inconsistencies, BuzzFeed reported. People on Reddit wrote that they found it odd no police were involved, and also noted that the thieves’ reactions were relatively calm after getting blasted with a cloud of glitter.
Rober didn’t respond to requests for comment.
“I’m really sorry about this,” he said in the statement on YouTube and Twitter. “Ultimately, I am responsible for the content that goes on my channel and I should have done more here.”