A video showing a man allegedly harassing a group of Asian women for wearing masks while dancing to K-pop in public has gone viral on TikTok.
What happened: TikTok user @celenana_na and his K-pop dance group, Hush Crew, were filming a dance routine at Downtown Crossing in Boston on Sunday when the incident occurred. What they thought was an ordinary interaction escalated after the man allegedly started talking about communism and they realized he was a racist.
The group was in between takes when the man first engaged with them, @celenana_na said in a follow-up Publish. There were others who approached them asking them about their work, so they didn’t bother him at first.
@celenana_na said they thought the man was joking when he asked why they were wearing masks. “But then he started talking about communism and all that stuff, and that’s when he hit on us that he was racist towards us, just because we’re Asians wearing masks.” , she recalls.
@celenana_na claimed the man first approached her boyfriend. She decided to film the scene when the man got closer and closer to their space.
“Put that shit down,” the man in the video said, trying to grab @celenana_na’s phone. She cries out in response, “No, it’s America! I can do anything I want. i can wear [my mask], he must wear his mask.
The video also shows a third man approaching the scene. He would have intervened by pulling the belligerent to the side to ensure the safety of the group.
Reactions: The video has received over 2 million views since it was first published. Many TikTok users condemned the man’s behavior and expressed support for @celenana_na and his group.
“A grown man feeling threatened by a group of pretty dancing girls. How embarrassing for him, ”wrote one user.
Some believe the man should be charged with assault. Others say the incident was not surprising since it happened in Downtown Crossing, a “diverse” but still “racist” neighborhood.
Other comments were aimed at the man’s run, which @celenana_na touched on in her follow-up video. “His race has nothing to do with this clip. It is literally about how we were singled out just because we wore masks, simply because of “communism.” There were also a bunch of other people around us who were wearing masks, but for some reason he approached us about wearing masks and “communism,” “she said.
@celenana_na also discouraged people from chasing the man: “It was just a small incident. I don’t think it’s worth it to find him and make him lose anything, ”she noted.
Featured Image Via @celenana_na
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