A video of a woman removing her t-shirt before a workout has gone viral after a gym worker called her a “pervert” for looking at her.
However, not everyone agrees that the worker looked at her or said, “Oh damn,” as she claims in her video. The clip upset commentators.
“The Tiktok generation has the worst main character syndrome I’ve ever seen,” commented one Twitter user.
The controversy began after TikTok user @adrianaafariass posted a video of her removing her shirt before starting a workout at the gym. The text overlay and voiceover says, “The coach is caught on camera as a pervert and if I speak up for myself he threatens to call the police and revoke my membership.”
Before the original creator became private, TikTok users could record or re-share their original video or comment on the situation. Several videos showing her original clip and offering comments on her video have gone viral like the one posted by TikToker @realraywilliam which has 3.9 million views.
She must be burning a lot of calories jumping to conclusions 😅 (source video is by @adrianaafariass)
♬ Original sound – Ray William Johnson
The woman’s original video slows down and slowly zooms in on two men in the back of the gym who are also working out. A caption shows the man apparently saying “Oh damn” while one of the men looks back.
The TikToker then shows the confrontation between her and the man. She repeats several times, “Do you need anything?” The man, who commentators claim is a gym employee, says, “No?”
After a back-and-forth between the two, the woman tells the man to move on.’” The man responds by telling the woman, “If you get rude, you can leave. Nobody looked at you in any way.”
As clips of their videos were re-shared by TikTok users, people had a chance to tune in to what did or didn’t happen.
“If you look closely, he just turned around because the guy he was training was looking that way. She definitely achieved with it,” commented one user. “Not taking anything away from women who are being harassed was a bad move.”
“She said he said ‘oh fuck’ but you can tell he was talking to his homie before he even looked. [and] just continued his conversation, he didn’t say no,” commented another user.
Users also debated whether the woman was justified in her actions and what constitutes creepy stares in gym culture.
“Women who don’t really want to be looked at in any way don’t put on cute gym outfits and stand in front of the gym. They wear baggy clothes and wrap their hoodies around their waists. Stop it! She wants to be looked at, it just wasn’t the right people,” one Twitter user commented after a video was posted replying to the woman’s video.
Another Twitter user commented: “I love that all the men aren’t defending her because she’s a woman who works out at a men’s gym. I agree with what she did because that’s what they do all the time.”
Other users have now posted viral videos commenting on the incident.
Popular fitness creator @thejoeyswoll, known for posting videos against toxic fitness culture, shared her original video. His video, which has 6.9 million views and 16,900 comments, commented: “Just because someone takes a quick look at you when you take your pump cover off doesn’t give you the right to post a video on social media calling them a pervert. ”
@thejoeyswoll There are perverts in gyms who harass women. He is NOT one of them. #MYOB ♬ original sound – Joey Swoll
He acknowledged that women are harassed in the gym and that there’s goosebumps in the gym, but said, “It’s not that.”
The creator also said he spoke to the man involved in the video “to get more context” about the situation and shared more details about the man in question. He said the man was an overnight gym attendant who had “the power to call the police or tell you to leave so he wasn’t wrong” and “never said, ‘Oh damn’.”
“If you watched the video closely, he gave you a quick look when his friend looks at you, you put in the words ‘oh damn’ which he never said, and you slowed it down to make it look like it would be longer,” Joey said.
Joey said he sees people in the gym as admirers of “gains” all the time, but that “doesn’t make me a pervert.”
The TikToker who shared the video has gone private on social media and the Daily Dot has been unable to reach her for comment.
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*Initial publication: June 16, 2022 at 7:58 pm CDT
Jackie Ibarra is studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. The San Antonio native is currently a podcast host for The Drag. She has previously reported for Latinitas magazine and the Daily Texan.
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