A shocking video in which two girls fat shame a man in a UK McDonald’s has sparked outrage on social media.
The footage shows the man being bullied for being overweight as he waits in line to order at a branch of the fast food chain. The two girls don’t hold back, calling it “disgusting” that “fat people” continue to eat at places like McDonald’s and telling the man he “shouldn’t be in there”.
However, all is not as it seems. The controversial video is actually a social experiment, conducted by YouTube channel Trollstation.
The organization claims to specialize in “bizarre and often surreal pranks” performed on unwitting members of the public.
It’s fascinating to watch how fellow people in the queue react to the girls’ verbal assault on the man.
As they tell him he should “stop eating” and “jog on” as he’s “so fat already”, the two lads in front of the victim look stunned by the exchange. One asks the girl driving the assault, “what is your problem?” as she argues she is “just trying to help him”.
She challenges the lad: “What, you think he should just carry on eating McDonald’s? He’s fat, he should leave,” before telling the man he should “order a f*****g salad”.
As the exchange becomes more irate, another customer then steps in to defend the man. Furious, he shouts: “I’ve got a belly as well, watch” before lifting his jumper to reveal his stomach. He continues: “You can’t treat him like that, how dare you,” before tipping his drink over the girl’s head, to cheers from fellow customers.
The video, which has been viewed 394,369 times on YouTube and provoked more than 69,000 reactions on Facebook, received a mixed reaction from viewers.
One wrote: “Good on the bloke standing up for a stranger” while another said: “They may be thin and pretty, but what evil, nasty, vile individuals these two poor excuses for females are. Just goes to show you can’t judge a book by its cover! Well done to the gentleman that stood up for that lovely young man!”
But several felt the video was too staged, with one commenting: “I like that someone helps the guy (who is getting verbally attacked) but it’s FAKE, look and listen at her reaction when he spills the drink over her, she says it in a way when a person knows they have a surprise party and walk in and shout ‘Oh my God…’.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun.