A commuter has been branded a “hero” after he intervened to defend a woman’s right to breastfeed on the London Underground.
As part of a social experiment by YouTube pranksters Trollstation, a male actor named James Slattery was seen berating a breastfeeding mother in front of shocked onlookers.
The woman, played by Amina Maz, attempted to defend her actions by saying “my baby needs to eat” but the irate man grew more and more hostile, saying: “I don't want you to do it in front of me. Could you not express before you came on here?”
“I just feel uncomfortable with it, please I'm asking you nicely, please maybe do it on the next carriage…Why should she be allowed to expose herself like this?” he added.
Breaking the unwritten rule that commuters do not speak to one another on the Tube, a couple who were totally unaware they were being filmed then intervened to tell Slattery that the breastfeeding mother had “done nothing wrong” and requested he leave the breastfeeding woman alone.
“Why don’t you move onto the next carriage?” another woman asked.
With Slattery ignoring the onlookers and continuing to complain, one man decided enough was enough and moved to sit between him and Maz as a way of defending her from the rant.
Moments later Trollstation revealed the situation was a set-up and lavished praise on the unidentified man for bravely intervening to defend the woman.
Breastfeeding in public controversies
Breastfeeding in public controversies
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Although he looked a little embarrassed and branded the incident “intense”, the hero revealed that he worked in the mental health sector so simply considered it part of his job to calm the irate man down.Reuse content