A female social media personality and Twitch streamer is apologizing after calling out a concerned man who she accused of “sexualizing” her at the gym.
“Jessica49,” who has a social media following across the various corners of the internet, recently streamed a Twitch video of her accusing a man of sexualizing her while she was attempting to work out with heavy gym equipment.
In the now-infamous video, Jessica can be seen talking to herself angrily as she fumbles with gym equipment, while a man cautiously watches behind her.
At one point in the video, Jessica calls the man a “stupid fcking piece of fcking sh*t.”
Fitness influencer Joey Swoll took issue with the video and pointed out that the man was likely trying to be helpful, as Jessica was not only exhibiting peculiar behavior but not using gym equipment safely.
“Any experienced lifter knows that when you have a barbell on the ground… it’s very difficult to put plates on,” Swoll said in his own social media critique. “He sees that you struggled, being an experienced lifter he comes over and tries to help you, ’cause that’s what kind people do.”
Women are harassed in gyms and it needs to stop, but you are not one of them. An act of kindness or a glance does not make you a victim. pic.twitter.com/34g9265KXb— Joey Swoll (@TheJoeySwoll) January 21, 2023
A few days after the incident, Jessica issued a formal apology on Twitlonger, calling her behavior “extremely immature” and vowing to remove the videos from all her platforms.
“First of all, I want to apologize sincerely to the man at the gym where this all started. He didn’t do anything wrong to me and I blew our interaction out of proportion,” Jessica wrote. “I know many people think that I’m only apologizing because I got called out from the video I posted and this is half right. If I wasn’t called out for this video I wouldn’t have had the chance to learn from this mistake or even realize I made a mistake to begin with. When I first posted the video I felt I was completely in the right and I felt I was making a good attempt to connect and relate to my female audience who may have dealt with uncomfortable situations at the gym. And now after reading literally thousands of comments about me, the situation and the man in question it truly opened my eyes to how damaging this could have been for him. Men and women deal with very different problems in the realm of the opposite sex and after looking through the lens of an innocent man put in a situation like that. It honestly made me feel sick to my stomach with guilt.”
Despite promises to remove the video, the internet is forever, and the video will likely circulate for some time.
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