Last weekend, Mike O’Donnell and Jim Korhan from Comedy Train Rek released their video “Hey Ho,” a parody of the popular Lumineers song “Ho Hey.” Sung by Alyson Rodriguez Orenstein of Touch Me Philly, the video sheds a comedic light on the very serious issue of “cat calling,” the pervasive problem of women being harassed in public through whistles, shouting and comments of a sexual and obscene nature.
“The Inspiration for this video was my complete ignorance as to how much of a problem catcalling is for women,” says O’Donnell. “If I had people chirping at me all day when I walked in public, I would have a metal breakdown in a month. We are releasing this video on the first day of spring to keep awareness high on this issue as women will surely be wearing less in public as the weather gets warmer. I hope this video can contribute to ending the terrible social practice of catcalling while entertaining at the same time. Thanks for watching.”
While many see “cat calling” as harmless flirtation, it is, in fact, a form of street harassment towards women that is not only humiliating and frightening, but has also led to numerous accounts of violence, including murder, of women who have turned down the unwanted advances of men.
The video can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srAkf3H8KSo