Karachiites give YouTube a big hug

Adults and children alike hugged the mascot as it made its way around the city.


Mariam Essa November 16, 2013
Screengrab of the YouTube mascot holding a sign that reads "Hug me if you want me back."

KARACHI: YouTube may be banned in Pakistan but that didn't stop it from taking to the streets of Karachi. Or rather, a mascot sporting the video-sharing wesite's logo made the rounds of the city, asking people to hug it if they want YouTube back. 

Team members of 'Pakistan For All,' a citizens initiative, gave Karachiites an opportunity to hug YouTube as part of a cheekily named campaign (see video below for reference) against state censorship and content regulation. A video of the campaign was released online on Friday and was widely shared on Facebook and Twitter.

In the video, Karachiites are seen happily embracing the mascot, who was holding a sign that read: “Hug me if you want me back.”



“We’ve been waiting for it [YouTube] for two years,” a valet parker said. “We can’t get by without Youtube.”

“I love Youtube, I love it, he added giving the channel a thumbs up, “YouTube great.”



The mascot was met with smiling fans and even made its way to the beach where adults and kids alike hugged it or shook its hand.

Attention: Video contains some explicit language.

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Hugs for YouTube!



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This film is part of a campaign by Pakistan for All facebook.com/pages/Pakistan-for-All/306237509513944


Pakistan For All is a collective of concerned citizens outraged by the persecution of minorities in Pakistan. They are resolved to stand in the way of those that seek to oppress others. 

COMMENTS (14)

asadali3210 | 8 years ago | Reply

Who says youtube is banned? Everyone in Lahore is easily accessing it without using any proxy or VPN.

Moin | 8 years ago | Reply

@Leo: Yes I'm sure everyone knows why it was banned but guess what, Pakistan was the only country to ban it as a result while no other Muslim country did. Quite hilarious if you consider the fact that Pakistan probably tops the list in other blasphemous and un-Islamic activities that go on here which no one bats an eye to. This is a nation of double standards.

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