The internet is filled with strange, glorious, and awful things.
Perhaps one of the oddest—though most natural—trends we’ve seen over the past 30 years is how the growth of the internet and its accessibility in the furthest reaches of the world have brought about an egotistical revolution that’s all about “me.” As Time magazine’s 2006 person of the year clearly showed, the internet swiftly became more than just a way of storing and sharing information, it became about us and our contributions to it.
Unfortunately, that also includes all the gritty, disturbing, and shocking things that can also go viral. This week, a truly bizarre video of a woman using her child as a weapon is making waves on the internet. We still can’t believe what we’re seeing!
As generations have now grown up with the internet, motivations, rewards, and entire value systems have shifted for these digital natives, and popularity and success are so often driven by the likes, comments, and shares. Our reach defines who we are, turning some of us into viral stars.
Nowhere is this more true than in video. From the early days of YouTube to Vine and Vimeo and now the general shift across all platforms towards video (both recorded and in real time), companies know that in our digital world today, we love to broadcasts ourselves, for better or for worse.
According to 2018 statistics, 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. That’s twelve-and-a-half days! People love to document their lives in text, but also visually and audibly, so it’s no surprise that this shocking street fight was also caught on camera.
Fight or Flight
Instinctually, animals care for their young, and humans are no different. In most circumstances where a threat is detected, we would naturally seek to defend our children, or other small or weak members of our group.
That isn’t the case in this video.
While hardly any details are known about what caused this intense exchange, the proof, as they say, is in the pudding.
When the video starts, an altercation of sorts appears to have already been brewing, and we see the woman in question let’s loose with a loogie that Jack Dawson himself would have been proud of. While it appears to have been aimed at women, a man immediately decided to retaliate and begins to charge at the rogue spitter. And that’s when she braces herself… with a child.
As if thinking in tandem, the woman’s friend immediately offers up a small child, which she instinctually takes and swings back to use as a weapon against the man coming at her.
She seems to strike the man with the child’s feet while he manages to land a punch before his friends come to pull him away from the scene.
Why does nobody present seem concerned about the child, who dangles there like a Raggedy Ann doll? Luckily the baby seems okay and was not dropped or otherwise obviously injured in the wild altercation.
Reactions on the Reddit were all the same. “How does that click as an appropriate response to anything? Please, someone tell me that’s not a real child. Even if you’re lying, I just don’t want to believe this is real,” said Imfriendswithelmo.
bikepsycho commented, “Unfortunately if she’s unhinged enough to use that baby as a weapon there’s probably been or will be other horrors,” which may be an even more upsetting reality than the video itself.
Others still are convinced that this was not a real human child used as a weapon, pointing out that it dangles and fails to react in the way a baby would.
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