A picture can say a thousand words, but when it is posted on social media with a powerful caption, it can also reach a thousand people – and then some.
That is exactly what happened with this picture of two women hugging in a train station taken by Brazilian man Nelson Filippe. He then posted it on his Facebook page before it quickly spiralled out of control.
What Filippe wrote may initially seem fairly narrow minded and not to mention homophobic:
I’m not prejudiced. I think people should do whatever they want to do with their lives. But I think it’s absurd that I should be forced to witness a scene like this. What people do in private life is their business only, but yes, what they do in public concerns me.
I refuse to see a scene like this and consider it normal. They’re challenging social conventions and that can be dangerous. What if tragedy strikes, or worse, if someone dies, who’s to blame?
And right as you’re probably about to say some pretty negative things about Filippe, he then adds:
What would happen to a child who sees this scene every day? Kids will think it’s normal to wait for the subway on the yellow line. So don’t act like that guy over there. Follow the example of the girls.
The post has nearly 10,000 likes so far, and has also been shared a monumental amount of times – not to mention going viral in the mainstream press to boot.
The message Filippe is sending is something we could do with seeing far more of – and his quick thinking has proved extremely effective, in this scenario especially.