The self-described “Crush Freaks” get off on the idea of powerful feet, shoes or boots stepping on objects such as cigarettes, balloons, or teddy bears. These “victims” are often stand-ins for the fetishist himself, who desires to experience the intense sense of pressure and blissful annihilation by his fetish object.
A minority of Crush Freaks wish to see living things such as bugs, frogs or worms stomped. Crush videos depicting the crush deaths of larger animals made national news, when right-wing anti-porn activists joined up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to try to pass a law specifically banning all crush videos from being sold.
Some of the activists claimed that even bug-crush videos were dangerous because they were “gateway” videos to torture of larger animals. However, there seems to be little evidence that a person who gets excited by seeing women crush teddy bears will necessary develop a fetish for seeing living things under the boot.
A case against a man who created and trafficked in Crush videos went all the way to the Supreme Court, which overturned the ban.