A new ‘social experiment’ set out to find how people would react to a man heckling a breastfeeding woman.
Luckily the public react as you’d hope, with most condemning the guy, as he has a go at an actor pretending to be a breastfeeding mum on a busy London Tube.
As the woman boards the train and pretends to feed her kid, which is actually a doll hidden under a blanket, an Irish actor pretends to be a complete stranger and starts having a go at her, saying she’s exposing herself and demanding she move carriage.
She replies by telling him: “My baby needs to eat”, and other passengers come to her defence, with one woman telling the man, ‘Why don’t you move onto the next carriage?’ and another saying he is the one who should ‘probably move away.’
But the actor stands his ground, saying:
No, I pay my ticket, I pay a yearly subscription. Why should she be allowed to expose herself on the bloody train like this? Look, she’s half-naked, what the hell.
He then says it makes him uncomfortable to see women breastfeeding in public, and that she’s made him feel awkward.
The argument becomes heated, but a man sat opposite sticks up for her and reassures the woman that she’s done nothing wrong, adding: “She has every right to do this if she wants to”.
He then gets up and sits between the Irish actor and the woman, telling the other man he’s ‘behaving quite aggressively’.
At that point the cameraman steps in and tells everyone that they were part of a social experiment, and when he asks them about what they’d seen one woman says: “I thought it was despicable.”
The man who sat down between the two actors said it was ‘a bit tense’, adding that he works in the mental health sector so ‘it’s our job’.
Faith in humanity definitely restored.