Don’t you hate it when you’re watching some news report about a gruesome murder scene or maybe some massive cult suicide, and as they’re showing you footage of the scene from an overhead helicopter, most of the parts of the scene that you really want to see are completely blurred out?
I am not trying to be insensitive. I understand there are perfectly good reasons for not showing some of the more disgusting or shocking images from such scenes. For one, children do watch the news. Also, many people consider it disrespectful to admire the carnage after a particularly destructive or catastrophic event. I mean, imagine it was one of your family members that got maimed or died in the tragedy.
I can understand the need for discretion on national television, but still – shouldn’t it be okay to have access to the raw, unedited footage of an event? Maybe it’s just my fanatical belief in the freedom of information, but I believe the public should have open access to any and all information, including video footage of any news event if that footage exists.
That is why I am more than pleased to offer six websites that do offer unedited, completely raw footage of both news events you’ll hear about on the evening news and some that you won’t. In every case, these sites show you more footage than you’ll ever see on TV.
Shocking Video Websites
Some similar topics we’ve covered here at MUO were posting viral videos online, or Anya’s cool article on viral videos. First, I should say that I tried to keep this list away from overtly sexual or completely disgusting video sites. There are more than enough of those on the internet, and we do have standards.
The following six websites are the sort of sites you would go to when you want to see those really “out there” videos.
The first site worth mentioning is a warm-up for what’s to come. The videos here will probably only be “shocking” to ultra-conservative types, but it’s where you would go if you want to see things like Howard Stern making out with Matt Lauer, a crazy dog clip from America’s Got Talent, Gisele Bundchen “exposing her bra” at a celebrity event, or someone getting bit by a rattlesnake.
During Hurricane Harvey, an audio clip published here revealed rescuers reporting in, “civilians are shooting looters on sight…” — God bless Texas.
2. Too Shocking
Too Shocking is a website offered by Crate Network. Here, you’ll find videos that are just really surreal and odd. A few examples include a guy lighting up a cigarette while filling up his gas tank and nearly causing an explosion, a Ferrari running a red light and causing a huge collision, and a truck colliding with a bunch of cows.
Yes, the title of the video in that screenshot is “Alligator Attacks Scientist”. I know, right? How can you not click?
These videos are crazy enough to warrant forwarding to your friends, but not so shocking that you’ll get fired if you get caught watching them during your lunch break.
Hell TV tags itself as having “Insane, Funny, Crazy Viral Videos” — based on the number of videos here that I’ve also seen on Facebook, I have to agree. The majority of these are more viral than they are newsy. One video shows a kayaker circled by killer whales. Another shows a slow-motion, close-up sting by a yellow jacket. Another shows “All the nasty things inside a pimple” (gross!)
These aren’t so much gruesome as they are psychologically damaging. Consider yourself warned.
The most recent video I saw show up on Facebook was the clip of the Utah nurse getting dragged out of the hospital while getting arrested. Pretty disturbing stuff, especially if you’re a nurse.
While Insanee focuses more on viral videos, OMG News focuses on the controversial. It’s an attempt to capitalize on the “online rage” phenomenon. You’ll find one video about a scientist getting “banned” for questioning traditional science. Another advises parents that their toddler has already watched violent, disturbing videos. Another warns viewers that “these tiny sea creatures could eat you alive”.
Obviously, the effort here is to shock and awe viewers into sharing these shocking articles on social media.
I say “articles” and not “videos” because this site actually references YouTube videos, not videos hosted on this site.
However, if you enjoy conspiracy theory style or other controversial videos, and you don’t want to spend a lot of time on YouTube searching for them, then this is the site for you. Picture it as a curated list of the best YouTube videos where you can get your rage on.
One of the most well-known sites for accessing controversial news footage is definitely LiveLeak. Here, you’ll find the gruesome aftermath of accidents, road rage incidents out of hand, and other shocking news videos you can’t find anywhere else. Just be warned, the site is for 18+, and you’ll need to agree to this before you enter.
If you tend to follow the most violent news stories, like bombings, international conflicts and other news events that involve violence and gore, this is definitely one of the sites you’ll want to bookmark.
The News & Politics section focuses on the latest news events. Liveleakers are user-submitted “creative” videos. Must See is a collection of viral videos. And YourSay is a collection of visitor-submitted videos, usually with an opinion slant.
If you like a wide variety of shocking video content, then Ebaum’s World is really the one and only site you’ll want to bookmark. The video section includes everything from news events (like the Utah nurse getting violently arrested), or more random viral and shocking videos (like a student throwing a tantrum after her teacher takes away her fake ID).
You really never know what to expect when you visit the video area at Ebaum’s World, and that’s what makes it so fun.
There are NSFW videos here (kept safely organized under the NSFW header), so be careful. But if you’re looking for unpredictably funny, shocking, or scary videos, you’ll never go wrong visiting this site.
Do you know of any other gruesome news video sites out there that are shocking, but not overtly disgusting? After watching these videos, do you find yourself craving positive news afterward? Share your own finds in the comments section below.
If you’ve seen enough and just want to see trustworthy news from websites that tastefully edit events, check out our list here:
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