The Purge “Prank” Funny or Not?

In lieu of Halloween, there have been a few scare pranks happening around Singapore and posted on Youtube, some are funny, some are border line criminal.

To those of you who haven’t caught the 2013 movie “The Purge” here’s a summary from IMDB: In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment.


In America there have been a few pranks based on the movie as well, mostly by youths looking for a laugh. In Singapore it’s not that different. Filmed and posted by Merlion TV, a lone “Purger” is seen in various places in Singapore trying to get a reaction out of members of the public.

There have been police reports made regarding the video, concerned that others might want to participate in similar activities. The police have also advised the creator of the video on the consequences of such a video; that the video might generate unnecessary alarm and panic.

While pranks are supposed to be funny and of a practical nature, “The Purge” prank seems too over the top, bordering on dangerous. I’d deem this more of a public nuisance than a prank.

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