Satire Hotline '1-844-WYT-FEAR' Set up to Help Slow 911 Calls on Innocent People

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We created a real hotline for a real problem: 1-844-WYT-FEAR (1-844-998-3327). In this satirical infomercial, Niecy Nash plays the inventor of a service...

Ben Keller

A new satirical video advocates new number 1-844-WYT-FEAR instead of 911 to combat the issue of mass incarceration.

A new satirical infomercial produced by Taige Jensen and Jenn Lyon features comedian and actress Niecy Nash pitching a new hotline, 1-844-WYT-FEAR.

The infomercial advertises a phone service for white people to call when they fear or are triggered by people of color living life in their perceived spaces.

"Calling 911 on your black neighbors just isn't what is used to be," the video begins.

"Hi. I'm Niecy Nash. Actress, inventor and advocate for not calling 911 on black people for no reason. I want to introduce you to a radical new product that will save you from all the headaches from being filmed and outed as a racist douche,” Nash jokes.

"It's revolutionizing the way white people cope with black people living life near them."

The camera then cuts to a blonde woman playing the part of someone calling police on a black man for the crime of walking.

"1-844-WYT-FEAR? There's a black guy outside of my house. And he's . . . walking around," the concerned caller explains.

"Our experienced staff has been living while black in America their entire lives," Nash says, using humor to sell the alternative phone service.

Several videos posted to social media recently show white people calling police on innocent black people doing every day, mundane tasks.

The actual parody phone number is up and running.

Callers can listen to various options and even leave a message on the service, but there are apparently no live operators behind the number and no actual people will respond.

Watch the video above.


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