About a month ago, a young Michigan woman named Daisy uploaded two video clips to her TikTok that went viral. In the clips, Daisy and her twin sister are shopping with their boyfriends. A middle-aged man in a red shirt has been following them around the store, taking photographs of the two young women.
According to Daisy, he wasn’t even trying to hide the fact that he was photographing them without their consent. Finally, both of the young men in the group approached the older man and demanded that he stop taking photos.
While Daisy films, they also demand to know why the red-shirted man thinks this behavior is acceptable. They insist that he permanently delete all images of the sisters off his phone.
The second video has garnered over 3.5 million views. In it, one of the boyfriends continues making the red-shirted man delete his gross photos. The other boyfriend goes to get a store employee and inform them of the situation. The employee then approaches, asking why he is photographing the young women who do not wish to be photographed. The red-shirted man replies, “Out of boredom, I think.”
The second video has gone more viral than the first, in part due to the fact that it has been widely shared on Twitter.
A few men on the internet came to the Red-Shirted Pervert’s defense (because of course they did). They left comments on the video saying that his actions were legal. Twitter and TikTok at large were both quick to respond that legal doesn’t equal not-creepy.
They also pointed out that the man had taken 69 photos of the two young women. The sheer number of photos is what prompted boyfriend Chase to ask him in the video, “What are you, a pedophile or something?”
Most commenters applauded Chase and the other boyfriend (whose name was not revealed in the video). They also expressed contempt and disgust for men like the Red-Shirted Pervert.
Daisy first uploaded these videos back in August. Unfortunately, combatting harassment against women is always a timely topic. It can be difficult to feel safe in public spaces after something like this. We hope Daisy and her sister (and their boyfriends) are doing well.