A few days ago a video of a cyclist taking revenge on catcallers, who shouted obscenities at her while she was cycling by, creating a stir among the public.
The cyclist was seen chasing a van. The van driver and his companions were catcalling her. In a fury, she is seen tearing off the wing mirror from the side of the van.
The whole episode was filmed by a motorcyclist’s headcam.
Many women are victim to this type of street harassment and catcalling. When this video went viral women from various walks of life were able to relate to this incident. This itself caused the video to go viral. People were really happy to see the woman the video reacting to the situation and tearing off the harassers’ wing mirror. This video was celebrated on the internet and many major news sites.
A builder, named Scott Deane, has come forward saying that he believes the whole incident was staged.
He said: “I was across the road having a break and I saw this very attractive girl with a bike talking to a blonde guy who was giving her instructions.
“Then three guys dressed in orange site clothes turned up in a van and the blonde bloke was giving them instructions, too.
“He was telling the girl: ‘You need to ride behind the van aggressively.’
Even before this witness came forward, many people were having a doubt about the authenticity of this incident. The motorist was conveniently having a camera on his helmet – which is possible as many motorists nowadays have them. But it is a little difficult to pull off a wing mirror so easily. Also, the format of the video was as seen on prankster sites.