TikTok star Brandon Robert has gone viral after sharing a video in which he helped a stranger get away from some guy who was harassing her.
The camera stays on Robert the whole time as he quietly approaches two people he had been observing while shopping.
“There is this weird man making this girl uncomfortable in the store,” he wrote over the video. “I’m going to pretend I know her.”
Sure enough, as soon as Robert approaches, he pulls down his mask and pretends to be shocked to be running into his “old friend.”
Off-screen, the girl plays along with it right away, agreeing to go off with Robert when he tells her his aunt is nearby if she wants to come and say hi. All in all, it’s a less-than-convincing performance, but it gets the job done, and both walk away from the other guy.
“Thank you so much,” the girl says as they leave. “He asked if I want to go back to his place. It was so creepy.”
“I was watching him from across the freaking room. He was like, touching you,” Roberts replies. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah, I’m good. Thank you for helping me,” she says.
Viewers praised Robert for being conscious of the situation and stepping in to help in a way that didn’t escalate.
“Ty for helping her out, it’s pretty sad how often girls have to deal with situations like this,” wrote @tinymakesthings.
“King activity,” added @gabesco.
And some pleaded with other guys reading to take note and be willing to do the same in the future.
“Guys PLEASE do this,” wrote @amanda.sze. “It rly does help cuz unfortunately these men will only leave a girl alone when another man comes.”
“I wish more dudes were like this,” @rileyyhollandd agreed.
Robert said he was just “happy this is sending a good message to my fellow gentlemen.”
“Protect our ladies,” he added.