Gym-going women -who previously made a trend out of shaming men for looking at them while they work out- are now hoping that men will pay attention to them when they have gym mishaps- be they staged or real.
In what has become another chapter in The Saga of the social media clout-chasing women dubbed “gym thots,” yet another woman has filmed herself biting off more than she can chew when it comes to the weight bench.
The most recent video has made its way through TikTok and Twitter, with a repost from Texas_Made956 showing a woman trying to lift at the gym.
The woman experiences great difficulty and finds she is unable to lift the weighted bar.
Despite her struggling, no one comes to help her.
Guys, what y’all doin?🤨 pic.twitter.com/fu1OHIOFhY— TXDeplorable (@Texas_Made956) February 19, 2023
Another viral video has shown a woman attempting to squat a much heavier load, screaming out for help but being ignored for quite sometime before somebody came to her aid.
According to some netizens, the act of faking muscle failure and asking for help is the new way for gym-going e-girls to chase attention.
“Trying not to end up on TikTok for ‘hitting on her’ in a gym,” wrote Sonny Mullins. “We’ve been taught to mind our business.”
In early 2023, a trend of making men look bad by filming them watching women work out began to take off, only to backfire spectacularly after Twitch streamer Jessica Fernandez was forced to apologize to a man she publicly shamed on the internet.
The man reportedly came to her aid after she appeared to be struggling, sparking a rash of backlash towards “gym thots” and the act of filming one’s self in the gym for social media.
In late January, Evita Duffy-Alfonso published the Federalist article, “Stop Recording Yourself In The Gym.”
“Self-absorbed gym girls pretending to be harassed in the gym is an entire genre on TikTok. Women will record their workouts and point out a man benignly glancing in their direction, and then proceed to post a video shaming that man for being a ‘creep,'” she wrote. “There are also women whose gym attire can be described as nothing other than underwear, and yet they record and vilify men who stare at them.”
“There’s a disturbing level of narcissism and entitlement that comes from gym influencers,” she added. “There are dozens of videos showing influencers actually getting angry at people for accidentally walking through their shots or using equipment that they want.”
Now, it appears that being starved of attention has led to the possibility of some “gym thots” feigning dangerous situations for personal gain and notoriety- so much so, that parody videos on the topic have been posted by men.
For some, it seems, any attention is good attention.
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