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Burners Bust Myths About Burning Man | Truth or Myth

– [Interviewer] Burning
Man is a giant orgy. – Myth. – Myth. – Couldn’t find any. We looked and looked. – My name is Ryan. – I’m Cornelia. – I’m Andrew. – I’m Hagar. – My name is Cassidy and I’ve been to Burning Man five times. – Two times. – Three times. – Nine times. – I’ve been to Burning Man sixteen times. – What is Burning Man? That is the eternal question. The playa is a giant, dry lake bed. Seventy thousand people
arrive and build the city, and then celebrate for a week, and then burn it mostly to the ground. It’s an experiment in what it’s like when you take a bunch of
humans and some resources to a completely blank
canvas and see what happens. – That is a myth. – That’s a myth. – Myth. – It is a collection of
people from all over the world and all parts of society. – There is definitely a
bunch of rednecks out there, a bunch of families, there’s a ton of hippies too, but its a smattering of all
sorts of different people. – There’s people getting there in their private jets these days, so I wouldn’t call it a hippy… Fest. – False. – That’s a myth. – Myth. – Almost everyone at
Burning Man is on drugs. – There’s definitely tons of people that go sober the entire week. – There are AA camps and there are people that have done sober
burns, including myself. – Even though marijuana
is legal in Nevada, it’s technically illegal on the playa, because it’s federal land. There are a ton of undercover cops that are policing the event. Because of that, no one
speaks about drugs there. If you ask anyone for drugs, they will immediately assume you’re a cop, and they’ll just start pointing at you like, “This guy’s a cop! “Hey everybody, this guy’s a cop!” – Myth. – That is a myth. Sure, there’s a lot of cool music, but it’s not a music festival. – There are DJs, but there are no lineups, there are no schedules, you never know who’s
playing where and when. One of my favorite running practical jokes at Burning Man is that
Daft Punk will be playing at the trash fence. Someone set up a DJ booth with lights and two dummies with Daft Punk helmets and just put a CD of Daft
Punk songs on repeat. – Myth.
– Myth. – Well, true for some. – While there are certainly
people without clothes there, and I have been known to
be without clothes there… – It’s actually not all that common. – There’s a naked pub crawl, that everybody gets on their bikes and goes around to different
bars around the city. There’s a naked tiki
bar, that’s a lot of fun. – But I think one of the best things about Burning Man is
actually the costumes. – [Ryan] People tend to express themselves with fashion and clothes. – [Cornelia] It’s nipple
covers, it’s glitter, it’s whatever your wildest imagination. – [Cassidy] You can shed the costume that you’re wearing in real life, and be whoever you wanna be for the week. – That is a myth. – That’s a myth. – Myth. – It’s called gift economy. So some people bring little necklaces, or jerky, chap stick. – We hosted a yoga-themed camp. I was the sort of producer-slash-grip creating the shade structures, and– – Camp daddy. – And Hagar, along with other yoga teachers, led yoga sessions for
large groups of people. – The idea is sharing without
expecting anything back. – There’s something great about the collective contribution
that we all make there. Especially for people
who haven’t been before, it’s like nothing else. – That is a myth. – Myth.
– Myth. – Couldn’t find any. We looked and looked. – It’s very hot and it’s very sweaty, and it’s very dusty so I mean… You do the math if
that’s something you want to get down and dirty with. – There is an orgy dome. It’s populated throughout the week, but it’s not everybody
and it’s not all the time. – Pfft! Sorry. Myth.
– Myth. – This one is half true. You can’t do anything that’s illegal. – There’s a lot of police
and law enforcement. And that’s a big surprise
to people who haven’t been. – You can pretty much do whatever, though. I saw a guy who had a megaphone and was reading quotes from
“Fifty Shades of Grey”. I’ve seen people dress up in suits, and act like they’re
having a business meeting. It’s all sorts of ways of expression. That’s sort of what I love about it, is that it is so free, and everyone accepts you however you are, however you present. – That is true. – I’ve met my share of
celebrities at Burning Man, and they’ve had some
amazing accommodations. Extravagant RVs with
air conditioning units, and kitchens and stuff. – It’s funny because if you
come there Sunday or Monday, on Thursday, Friday, you
start to see all the models, and all the hair is very, you know, fixed and wavy, whereas ours is just like
a lump of dust and sand. So you can kind of tell who’s been there for
a whole week grinding, and other people who have just flown in, and staying at a fancy camp, and have glamping experience. – Myth.
– Myth. – When I first started going in 1998, even back then there were already people who were in their forties, and there’s other people over fifty who were regularly attending. – A lot of my camp mates had been bringing their parents and
grandparents to Burning Man over the past few years. – I got with my aunt, she’s the one who introduced
me to it in the first place, and my dad went two years ago, and my mom’s coming this year. – And also we’re starting
to bring our kids. – Kidsville, I believe is the main one. And they were great about
creating a safe environment for families to come with children. If we do go back, we’ll take the kids. – Yeah, for sure. – True. – True.
– True. – The way people go to
Burning Man has changed, and a lot of their motivations, sometimes in attending it have changed. – I think the influence of money has corrupted it in some ways. Especially in the last decade. There was a rise of what we’d refer to as turnkey camps where
people would pay others to go set up camp for them, and then they’d come in on a private jet, and have everything taken
care of by a staff of chefs. – Which really destroys, I think, the spirit of the festival, which is radical self reliance. – That creates a different
kind of society out there that unfortunately mirrors
our own back in the city. – And also Instagram
totally changed Burning Man, because there used to be no cell service, you would go totally into the wild, and into your own wild
and completely disconnect, and it kind of seems
like some people go there so that they can take great pictures for their Instagram feed, and then promote their stuff with the pictures that
they took at Burning Man, which is supposed to be a noncommercial… – Environment.
– Environment. – There will be changes in the future, and I’m okay with that. It has to evolve with the times, and it has to evolve with
the people that attend it. – There’s no life form that
can exist in the playa, and yet we go there. We go there every year to
build something beautiful, then they tear it down. It’s special and I can’t
imagine not doing that with my family and my friends. – We love dancing together, we met on the dance floor of a party. The experience of freedom, of really being safe to fully express and experience yourself, I think has really taught
me something, for sure. – [Andrew] And I think it allowed me to open up to more spontaneity, and more expression
through fashion or dancing. – We’re so busy, and we live
in our own little bubble, but then you come to Burning Man, and you kind of remember again that you’re just like a
tiny, tiny little part of this beautiful world that we live in. So I think it’s changed
my life in a way that, you reconnect with yourself,
but also other humans. It’s open to everyone, and that’s the thing they
say at Burning Man, too, when you come in a lot of
people say, “Welcome home.” – I guess I just always
feel totally accepted there. I don’t get many opportunities to be fully myself in the default world. Burning Man allows me to be who I wish I was all the time. – I wish people would have a more, I guess, open mind about it, and if you’re curious about it, just go and you can thank me later. – Burning Man is not just a big party, it’s about leaving no trace,
cleaning up after yourself. It’s about being self-reliant. it’s about giving to others, and contributing to
your society around you. I think if we followed the tenants of Burning Man in real life, we’d end up with a much better world. – Hi, I’m Samara. – I’m Kenzie. – And I’m Cassidy. – Kenzie and I created this series and Cassidy is our lead
editor over at SoulPancake. – Thank you so much for watching, we hope you learned something
new about Burning Man. – Subscribe to SoulPancake
and comment below to let us know groups
you wanna hear from next. – SoulPancake, subscribe! – Oh no.


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  • Leisa Irwin

    My daughter has gone every year. She's a firedancer and does shows out there. She's heading for the playa -just got her freeeeeee ticket+parking!
    Nothing bad ever happened to her out there. Just fun and friends!

  • geminilicious

    Imagine if those jobless crazy hobos gathered this money, resources & energy every year to clean the oceans, build clean water stations in places where needed, plant trees, etc!

  • Elonna 🐝

    i have some friends at work that have been attending burning man for years – i had been hoping to go but MAYBE NEXT YEAR !

  • DarthYuYevon

    Sounds like pretty much all of these are "half true". The guy says it's not one big orgy, and he couldn't find any orgies there, then says that there's an area where people have big orgies. the contradictions are hilarious. And clearly when one asks if it's just one big orgy, they are being sarcastic and are really asking if orgies do happen there, which it does.

  • Jeanette Lamb

    Damn, rv's, fancy camps, models and famous people flying in on jets, cops, hard pass on all the B.S. Talk about ruined, especially if it has cell service wtf. This is nothing like it used to be.

  • Phoebie Peters

    What a great series. Great job explaining burning man. Something I would like to see explained better to break the stereotype that mainstream media spreads are Furries. I am part of the "furdom" and it is misunderstood by those who aren't a furry. The stigma, the assumptions, the hate.

  • Arash R

    I really like the Busting Myth Series.. But One thing that would be nice and the fact that it doesn't have this option has been a bit annoying, is to narrate the questions. Because a lot of the time, I am listening to these series while working, and it works great as a mini podcast, but the fact that the questions are not narrated is annoying. I usually end up stopping what I am doing to rewind and see what the question was. I don't know, maybe it is first world problem, but it would be nice to be able to consume the series without having to actively watch it.

  • Alex Moreno

    Real people. Love this channel 💜So down to participate in burning man now! 🤯🤠

    ~ I'd like to see you guys talk race mixing.

  • Parmesana

    I've always wondered about Burning Man. thanks. I have attended the Rainbow Nation (old hippies) camp at a national park for a weekend with drum circles,yoga,partial nudity, with a central sharing kitchen. You can bring rice or beans to share..They would also greet you by saying Welcome Home. Last time I went was 36 years ago ..oh my gosh, I'm old.

  • Ghoulin Rouge

    Loved this! I've only been to BM once. I had joined a conclave and performed before they burned the man. I would definitely love to go again but without the obligations of a conclave. Don't get me wrong. I LOVED performing, but I would like to go completely free of any obligations.

  • Kolya Schweppe

    Since the 200 year Birth of the Báb is coming up soon, it would be wonderful to have a a truth or Myth about the Bahá'í Faith with Rainn Wilson, Steve Sorowitz and others!

  • Ian Moline

    It's a big modern day pagan ritual of burning a massive man effigy, sort of reminds me of the tower of babel or the golden calf. A true haven for false gods and demon worship. Even the very location is reminiscent of desolation and dryness. TRUE

  • Vanishing Sun

    Yet they didn’t mention the rapes and over doses? Hmmm! https://burningman.org/event/preparation/health-safety/sexual-misconduct/
    Let’s speak truth!

  • P. G.

    Not need to watch or listen thru the whole video, just appearance and demeanor of the characters says it all 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻

  • Kelda Kellie

    Loved this video. I live in Australia and don't go to festivals because of the one that went all night and couldn't sleep. Need sleep. Actually do you get to sleep at Burning Man? Because seeing this and other positive experiences of Burning Man would conisder going one day/year.

  • Karla Schmiedlin

    All great, but don't think about wearing bunches of glitter. The only thing that is expected to be there "after the burn" are like footprints and tire tracks. So nothing that will junk up the ground. After you are there, you realize that the only "norm" is acceptance and mutual appreciation. If only the rest of the world was as loving. Was only there once, but hope to again some day.

  • Glenn Silva

    What people are failing to state here is what it costs to go. The cost of tickets in 2019 ranged from $425 to $1,400 and some scalpers got even more. Tickets were gone in a little over 4 hours. Some of these tickets were bought up by bots and resold at much higher scalped prices. The technical glitches that have plagued their ticking system remains and was still a problem this year. When they say… "Has it changed?" It sure has! People landing by helicopter in the desert to ready made camps with RV's with AC and personal chefs on hand? Sure, go see if you can go knock on their door to get something for free from them. Good Luck! Meanwhile there's only one access road in or out for the rest of those without their own air transport. And it's another $100 to get your vehicle in too. It's all about $$$ these days. And while it's true you won't be spending anything there… You better bring enough supplies to rely on while your there. You are paying to rent a piece of the dessert.

    People and their money and power have ruined this event. Big changes are stated to be coming for 2020. What? Corporate Sponsors??? I wouldn't doubt it with the direction it's headed in. The only accurate statement made in this video was when the guy said Burning Man is mirroring our own society. He nailed it. There are those that "have", and those that "have not".

    People can either agree or disagree with what I've said. I've talked to enough people that have gone and more and more of them are not repeating year after year as the promoters want you to believe. That says something itself.

  • Patrick Doyle

    Great video and very informative. You talked about instagramers using their photos to promote their stuff, but aren't you just youtubers using burningman to promote your channel?

  • Rhimera lemuse

    #SoulPancake, thanks for the inspiration! Now I’ve got a burning desire to share the experience of being a #CampDaddy, while breathing in harmonious vibes with a #YogaMomma.

  • G Sterling

    Burning Man just looks like San Francisco in the desert. A bunch of eccentric bums and billionaires acting like the babysitter fell asleep. There's nothing you can do at Burning Man that doesn't happen in SF every day. Except maybe a giant bonfire. But I'm sure now that I said that, some alt-bonfire victim group will pop up in the Mission District and start burning stuff, just because….

  • Shoshanna M

    "Just go…And, you can thank me later" — BEST THING SAID!! 😊

    Enough said. Because, it is truly something that must be experienced, not explained.✌

  • Anthony Blakley

    HOW DARE YOU GO TO THE SEX FILLED DRUG LADEN HIP HOP FESTIVAL CALLED BURNING MAN!!That's it you are so freaking grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded for756713009573918593866251748547374758799192306946281292223103890694736868365988465837285626748795835183858986242538599757263985099834 years and today is punishment day
    1 punishment- turning you into an ugly
    2 punishment- shaving your head
    3 punishment- deleting your facebook and twitter accounts
    4 punishment- eating 4 whole raw bloody beef steaks
    5 punishment- getting 80 spankings with the cat of nine tails
    6 punishment- eating 22 worms
    7 punishment- listening to epic fantasy metal for 12 hours
    8 punishment- breaking your pinky fingers with a hammer
    9 punishment- eating a plate of grass clippings goat vomit and drinking a bucket of goat piss
    10 punishment- Getting "NERD!" branded on the tops of both of your hands
    11 punishment- breaking your macbook
    12 punishment- getting mauled by a bear
    13 punishment- drinking 2 bottles of pepto bismol
    14 punishment- going turkey crossbow hunting
    15 punishment- being locked in a freezer room for 10 hours
    16 punishment- getting vinegar thrown into your eyes
    17 punishment- pushing off of a cliff
    18 punishment- blowing your ear drums out with loud noises
    19 punishment- summoning piccolo to use the special beam cannon on you
    20 punishment- being tied up in a sheet while i whoop you with a mop stick
    21 punishment- nappies (yes i hate them but i would use them on a hipster).
    22 punishment- being forced to run 25 laps around the nearest school
    23 punishment- drinking hot sauce
    24 punishment- breaking your vape pen
    25 punishment- pouring out all of your tequila
    26 punishment- bear mace in the face and balls
    27 punishment- having an MLB baseball pitcher pitch a ball as hard as possible at your stomach
    28 punishment- being run over by a train
    29 punishment- selling your xbox one
    30 punishment- swimming in a boiling pool of water for 10 minutes
    31 punishment- eating raw chicken fat
    32 punishment- listening to catholic sermons for 5 hours
    33 punishment- breaking your drum kit with a golf club
    34 punishment- being hung by your shirt collar from a skyscraper crane for 3 hours
    35 punishment- sitting on a hot charcoal grill for 15 minutes
    36 punishment- eating lambs eyes and monkey brains
    37 punishment- being strapped to the front of a porche while it goes at top speed
    38 punishment- calling up all the veterans and christians you've offended for fun and being forced to apologize
    39 punishment- being punched in the head by all might at full force
    40 punishment- being slid across a hockey rink on your bare ass
    41 punishment- eating a handful of black peppercorns
    42 punishment- being shot 11 times in the head with an olympic paintball gun
    43 punishment- being rolled in cow manure
    44 punishment- giving all of your hippie/hipster clothes to charity (like anyone really wants them but any way)
    45 and final punishment- being disowned and left on the outskirts of Tijuana mexico.

  • Chelsie None

    If the idea of BM appeals to you, but you cant afford it, it's too far, ect. There are small regional burns all over the country. They're almost just a cool, hell sometimes cooler than BM. The community is smaller, and more genuine imo. And they're significantly cheaper to attend. I can attend for a full burn (5-7 days depending) for under a grand, including gas, food, lodging, costumes, "gifts" (I always bring a couple hundred of something to gift; lighters, chapstick, keychains, ect), camp dues, toiletries, art supplies/projects, ect. So for a week vacation that leaves you genuinely better off, a grand is cheap!! I and every burner I know leaves a burn feeling refreshed mentally, and emotionally. It's amazing to step out of the real world, not have to worry about money, or anything, and just be free for a few days.

    Also, I wish they would have touched on the volunteer aspect of it. I'm not sure how BM runs, but all the regional burns I've attended are ran by volunteers. It's an amazing experience, to help bring the city together step by step, and then help pack it all out after you've squeezed every drop of fun out. You don't have to volunteer of course, but it's the best way to burn imo. Another thing that is never mentioned, and again maybe it's just a regional thing, a burn is GREAT for the local economy! People flood in, spending money on their way in and out at restaurants, stores, hotels, ect. There's always always sort of "charity" type thing too. Food drives for the local food pantry, clothing donation bins for the local homeless shelters, collection jars to benefit the local police department, emts, ect (usually all 3+). At regional burns we hire our own security, and emts. But we still appreciate the "official ones", and try to show our appreciation as much as possible. Y'all should do a video on smaller regional burns, it's the same concept, but on a whole nother level.

  • williss11

    Honestly I can't help but doubt this video credibility. I hope people do more research on this before truly coming to a decision


    This whole video is tailored very will to make us believe all these lies everybody in it is saying.
    May God protect us all from the wicked and the evil.

    May all evils lose their way in the dark and never find a path for the righteous

    Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

    Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.


  • Jemimah Kendall

    Lame, you call it self reliance, try growing some crops out there, stupid pretentious hippie wanna best, the sixties are over man

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