A recent incident on Twitter showcased the unexpected power of social media users uniting to combat the toxic behavior of a man. Here’s what happened.
Inviting Response From Others
Elijah Schaffer, a Twitter user, shared a photo of a woman seated in a flight’s window seat, asking others how they would react if they were assigned a seat next to her.
What Would You Do?
Schaffer’s original post read, “You got to get into your assigned middle seat and see this. What do you do/say?”
People Didn’t Like It
His tweet quickly gained traction, reaching over 14 million views, but rather than the anticipated wave of body shaming, most comments expressed support and stood against such hurtful behavior.
Users Shared Valid Points
Social media users came forward to share their own experiences, while others raised valid points, suggesting that the woman may have already booked both seats for her comfort, rendering the situation moot.
A user shared their own experience and commented, “Was once my reality – I had to sit next to a large woman for a two hour fight a few years back. She ended up being one of the nicer people I’ve met and was very apologetic to me for the situation. Lucky for me my wife (a much smaller person) was sitting on the other side of me, so it all worked out.”
Just Sit Down
One user wrote, “Just sit down and mind your own business like you would on any other flight. I’ve been obese before, and trust me, she’s embarrassed enough as it is.”
Buy an Extra Seat?
Another user shared their opinion that people of a larger size should pay extra or buy an additional seat to ensure comfort and fairness.
She Should Not Be Shamed
Many users defended the woman, emphasizing that she should not be objectified or shamed for her appearance, as she is a person with feelings and emotions.
One user wrote, “Incredibly disrespectful. Maybe some people have a disorder or a health problem… Even thought of that? Before “FAT SHAMING” an innocent woman and others.”
She Might Be a Travel Vlogger
Further, there were speculations that the woman in the photo was a travel vlogger who always buys or requests an extra seat when flying, adhering to airline regulations and displaying responsible behavior.
Just Plain Cruel
A third Twitter user named wrote, “Taking a picture of someone to make fun of online is just unnecessarily cruel. At the same time, it’s not fair to people who paid for a seat to have to potentially spend hours squished this way. “
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