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anyone up for a free hug?
« on: September 28, 2006, 07:24:13 AM »
I need a damn good reason to come here. This is probably the best reason ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4

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The man behind the latest YouTube sensation has spoken out for the first time about his global cuddling controversy.

Serial hugger Juan Mann describes the free hugs he hands out in Pitt Street Mall as fast-food emotion.

His cuddling campaign received an international dose of publicity today, after a clip showing his public displays of affection won a coveted front page spot on the video sharing website.

An American television audience of millions also watched him at work, when the video was broadcast on the prime-time breakfast program Good Morning America yesterday.

Today, the hugger was at it again, brandishing his "free hugs" sign in the busy pedestrian thoroughfare, and having quite a few people take him up on his offer.

"It's a way to make people smile," Mann said.

"For every person who gets a hug, you see five walk past with a smile on their face."

Juan Mann (pronounced one man) is a play on words, but the hugger insisted his rules included no names, no phone numbers, no relationships and no dates.

The hit video came about after a meeting - and a hug - more than a year ago with the lead singer of the Sick Puppies, a Sydney band made up of three former Mosman High School students.

The singer, Shimon Moore, was working odd jobs by day and playing gigs by night.

"I was one of those guys in Pitt Street Mall with a sandwich board advertising a shoe sale," Moore told smh.com.au today.

The two became mates, and Moore borrowed his father's video camera to shoot footage of the hug man at work.

But his efforts to spread the love became a little too popular for some people's liking, according to a blurb on the YouTube video, which said: "As this symbol of human hope spread across the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED."

Undeterred, Mann collected more than 10,000 signatures on a petition he presented to the City of Sydney council. Demands for a halt to the hugs petered out shortly after, and the end of the clip shows Mann hugging an official.

Speaking by phone from Los Angeles, where the Sick Puppies moved a year ago, the lead singer said he mixed the video with their song All The Same as a gift for his friend, to lift his spirits after his grandmother died.

It had the desired effect. Four days ago, the band posted the clip on YouTube. By 3pm today, it had close to 700,000 hits and almost 6000 comments, most of them gushing.

Like this one: "Made me cry. I love you all!"

The musician said the video had taken Mann's mission worldwide.

"He's achieved what he set out to do and I was lucky enough to be there to film it," Moore said.

There are even plans for a mass free hug-fest at midday on Monday, which could come in handy if the Sydney Swans don't win the premiership.

City worker Elly Mitchell, who handed out a few free hugs on her lunch break today, said she was inspired to organise the event after seeing the video online.

"We're going to hug the city," Ms Mitchell said.

A City of Sydney spokesman Josh MacKenzie said he could find no record of rangers asking Mann to move on.

"In fact, the feeling around the office is one of support for his campaign to spread a bit of happiness and love in the CBD," the spokesman said.

Asked if he had accepted a free hug, the council spokesman said he hadn't.

"But I'm sure council staff would welcome the opportunity to have a hug," he said.



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Re: anyone up for a free hug?
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2006, 02:35:20 PM »
They talk like it's new, I guess they havn't been to an anime convention... those fucking signs...

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Re: anyone up for a free hug?
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2006, 07:57:47 PM »
. . . Two guys did this at my school, and Ive known about it months before that. All the dummies were oblivious and dint wanna give hugs until people like me started to hug.

one of the friends of the guy giving out free hugs said to me "DONT! he just wants to feel you up!" o_O

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Re: anyone up for a free hug?
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2006, 06:02:38 PM »
Maybe more people would give me hugs if I started bathing and shaving my armpits  :(

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Re: anyone up for a free hug?
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2006, 10:38:04 AM »
Hugs are evil.

And Shaina, I really hope that Tim isn't the only person hugging, or trying to hug, you.


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Re: anyone up for a free hug?
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2006, 04:16:57 PM »
*1 word*         


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Re: anyone up for a free hug?
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2007, 09:54:46 PM »
i cried when i saw that for the first time.
my school did that like ages ago.
i wish some hot guy would come to my door holding that sign.
i'd probably drag him in and rape him.

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Re: anyone up for a free hug?
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2007, 03:00:30 AM »
whoaa!!
such a bold statement :o
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Re: anyone up for a free hug?
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2007, 08:58:48 AM »
whoaa!!
such a bold statement :o

Not for her it's not. :P

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Re: anyone up for a free hug?
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2007, 10:05:25 PM »
I don't know

seems to be such strong words from a woman, buut if it was from a man now thats different :(

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Re: anyone up for a free hug?
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2007, 08:02:20 AM »
does she have a bad mouth?

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Re: anyone up for a free hug?
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2007, 12:20:16 PM »
does it really matter if im a man or a woman?
why cant women say they wanna rape hot guys?

and its not like i was serious.

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Re: anyone up for a free hug?
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2007, 09:50:24 PM »
well you see , a lot of men say it in thier every day lives . And a great amount of them are rapiest. You barley do hear about a woman raping someone.

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Re: anyone up for a free hug?
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2007, 10:33:26 PM »
i've heard about it... ;D
yes its rare
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Re: anyone up for a free hug?
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2007, 12:17:47 AM »
well you see , a lot of men say it in thier every day lives . And a great amount of them are rapiest. You barley do hear about a woman raping someone.

Yeah, but the key point is it's Jennifer and she wasn't being serious. ^^;;

And if a guy said it in their daily lives and were serious, I'd think anyone around them would kick the crap out of them. With women, it's more like they seduce guys, then "rape" them... as obviously you can only do much without the seduction. ;)