Sunday, January 20, 2008

Calins Gratuits (Free Hugs)

On September 22nd, 2006 a video on YouTube showed a man walking through a mall with a big sign "FREE HUGS". People's reactions change from suspicious to eventually accepting a free hug, and then helping out and getting others to join in.
By January 4, 2008, the video had been viewed over 22 million times and the phenomenon has spread to many countries.

Free hugs was used by the French ministry of health to raise awarenss of AIDS.
There are Free Hugs campaigns all over France. Visit their website at Calins Gratuits
or ContreDiscrimination or visit the Wikipedia entry for Free Hugs to find out where there is one near you.



At 7:34 pm, Blogger travelling, but not in love said...

Sweet, very sweet. And not in the least sinister - as you'd imagine it could be...good music too.

How odd that once he replaced his bearded hippy-ish self with attractive youngsters there seemed to be more takers? Free hugs or free perving?

At 7:56 pm, Blogger Stew said...

I'm a cynical old bastard, but I got a bit quivery-lipped watching the vid.

I hope I have the couilles to participate if they ever do one In Bordeaux or Angouleme, or have even bigger couilles and just go do it, spontaneous

At 4:59 pm, Blogger pecheur said...

I first saw this on French Tv for the AIDS campaign. Loved it


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