Hi, stranger: Prepare to be deeply disturbed, but somehow also oddly soothed.
Artist Kirsten Lepore uploaded the claymation video “Hi Stranger” (above) to YouTube Monday and reactions have been interesting to say the least.
At first glance, the clip, which features a nude, dead-eyed clay man with a prominent butt uttering sweet-but-creepy nothings to the viewer, is just plain unsettling.
this is SO horrible but I cannot look away https://t.co/y2Xy1Zi4P5
— Kate Bratskeir (@Kbratskeir) March 21, 2017
@Kbratskeir I felt violated and uncomfortable. I'm different now.
— Chris Olivieri (@ChrisDAPS) March 21, 2017
But some viewers, it seems, started to have more complicated feelings.
Creepiness aside, this is actually very soothing 😊 https://t.co/78msp7LEi4
— Gabriel DeJoy (@gabrieldj) March 21, 2017
Feelings of being comforted, of feeling like maybe everything was OK.
@kirstenlepore thanks this lil dude is cool, made me feel better
— Pixelord (@pixelord) March 20, 2017
Not that the initial feelings of discomfort ever go away.
— joy (@tathatajoy) March 21, 2017
Bye, stranger. And please, let us know how you feel.