Actor who faked TikTok clip of child ‘drowning’ in wading pool to ‘raise awareness’ hits back at critics
A man has responded to recent criticism for posting a video depicting a child ‘drowning’ in a wading pool.
Lewis Saunderson (@lewissaunderson38), from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, has responded to backlash following widespread negativity for his ‘raising awareness’ videos that create challenging situations.
His most recent attempt was in response to the June heat wave, as he feared that many people and their children would use their gardens and paddling pools.
In the video, Lewis pretends to be a father who takes his eyes off his son for a few seconds while he plays in a wading pool, causing the boy to “drown.”
Dramatically holding his “son” as he screams in pain, the controversial video makes for quite a shocking viewing experience.
In the controversial video, Lewis pretends to be a father who takes his eyes off his son for a few seconds while he plays in a wading pool, causing the boy to ‘drow’
However, this isn’t the first time the actor and TikTok user has shared “warning” videos with someone who previously showed the grief of losing a child to abduction, death, and even how he’d react if he found out that his fictional wife was cheating. at him.
With an impressive 795,000 followers on TikTok, many are baffled and disturbed by his acting, leading the most recent clip to be called “psychotic.”
His latest viral video, which came out last week, attracted a whopping 43.2 million views on TikTok.
“It only takes 30 seconds for a child to drown,” he wrote. ‘Don’t leave your children unattended in the paddling pools this summer. Awareness video for all parents.’
Lewis then adds numerous hashtags to clarify that it’s not real.
Despite his disclaimers, the actor met with many who thought it could actually be real, forcing him to respond to the backlash.
In the new videohe started by discussing the intentions behind the video which had been questioned by some people.
In the new video, he opened by discussing the intentions behind the video that had been questioned by some people
Despite this, the first controversial clip still seems to be drawing criticism from viewers, many of whom are baffled by the concept
He went on to say that his videos are no different than a TV drama or soap opera and if people don’t like it, he respects that.
Lewis said, “There are a lot of people who reach out to me every day on my TikTok and tell me how inspired they are by my content, that they know I’m an actor, that some of them are now inspired to become actors themselves.” .’
He then went on to explain that the little boy in the paddling pool was actually his nephew and when he sees him screaming in pain, he actually does it in silence so as not to frighten him.
“I’ve made it very clear on numerous occasions that I’m a trained actor,” he added. “And that my channel is about awareness videos. If I really wanted to convince people that my content was real, I wouldn’t put out explainer videos, I wouldn’t include #acting…’ in the hashtags.’
He further concludes that if his video can “help save one life,” then he’s “done his job.”
Despite this, the first controversial clip still seems to be drawing criticism from viewers, many of whom are baffled by the concept.
“This is psychotic,” one user wrote. “How do you explain this to your kids when they’re older,” a second added. A third wrote: “Have a day off boy.” Elsewhere, another said, “I can’t believe this isn’t satire.”