TikToker's random act of kindness backfires after woman in video speaks out

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By Asiya Ali

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A woman said she feels "dehumanized" after being filmed without her consent in a "random act of kindness" video that has gone viral on TikTok.

Harrison Pawluk - who goes by the handle @lifeofharrison - posted a video last month approaching a woman called Maree in a shopping center. He asked her to hold a bouquet of flowers while he put on a jacket.

Before Maree could return the bouquet, the 22-year-old wished her a good day and then walked away. After, her shocked reaction was caught on camera.

Pawluk, who has 3.2 million followers on the video-sharing app, captioned the post: "I hope this made her day better."  The video amassed 59.1 million views, 11.2 million likes and attracted largely supportive comments.

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But while the video displays a lovely gesture, Maree spoke to ABC Radio Melbourne and said that she didn’t want the attention of tens of millions of people around the world.

Maree also said "these artificial things are not random acts of kindness" and added that the video misrepresented her as a "lonely, sad" woman.

"They must have gone through the film and they got this picture of me looking, you know, supposedly crying but it was just a horrible expression. And I just was quite offended," she said, adding:

"He interrupted my quiet time, filmed and uploaded a video without my consent, turning it into something it wasn’t … I feel he is making quite a lot of money through it."

Maree continued: "It’s the patronizing assumption that older women will be thrilled by some random stranger giving them flowers."

She stated that people should "challenge" the notion that the videos are "random acts of kindness" and that she was surprised "that it’s actually legal" to film somebody without their permission.

"I don’t really even take it personally anymore, but I just think that other women, especially older women, should be aware that if it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody," she said.

Pawluk's management issued a statement about the incident and said that the content creator's video was "designed to spread love and compassion".

"He offers flowers and pays for complete strangers’ groceries, and while cynics may claim it’s for views, Harrison simply has a personal commitment to helping people feel more connected and trusting," the statement read.

The statement said that Pawluk went to Los Angeles recently and he witnessed "the extent of poverty and homelessness in a city where that shouldn’t be the case," and that inspired him to create content concentrated on being kind to others.

"So far Harrison has only encountered gratitude for what he has done, however, it is clear in this case someone is upset," the statement continued.

"He wholeheartedly apologizes to Maree if she was offended by what he did and urges her to contact him privately so he can personally apologize. If she requests him to take down the video he will do that," the management added.

Featured image credit: REUTERS / Alamy

TikToker's random act of kindness backfires after woman in video speaks out

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By Asiya Ali

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A woman said she feels "dehumanized" after being filmed without her consent in a "random act of kindness" video that has gone viral on TikTok.

Harrison Pawluk - who goes by the handle @lifeofharrison - posted a video last month approaching a woman called Maree in a shopping center. He asked her to hold a bouquet of flowers while he put on a jacket.

Before Maree could return the bouquet, the 22-year-old wished her a good day and then walked away. After, her shocked reaction was caught on camera.

Pawluk, who has 3.2 million followers on the video-sharing app, captioned the post: "I hope this made her day better."  The video amassed 59.1 million views, 11.2 million likes and attracted largely supportive comments.

Check out the video below:

But while the video displays a lovely gesture, Maree spoke to ABC Radio Melbourne and said that she didn’t want the attention of tens of millions of people around the world.

Maree also said "these artificial things are not random acts of kindness" and added that the video misrepresented her as a "lonely, sad" woman.

"They must have gone through the film and they got this picture of me looking, you know, supposedly crying but it was just a horrible expression. And I just was quite offended," she said, adding:

"He interrupted my quiet time, filmed and uploaded a video without my consent, turning it into something it wasn’t … I feel he is making quite a lot of money through it."

Maree continued: "It’s the patronizing assumption that older women will be thrilled by some random stranger giving them flowers."

She stated that people should "challenge" the notion that the videos are "random acts of kindness" and that she was surprised "that it’s actually legal" to film somebody without their permission.

"I don’t really even take it personally anymore, but I just think that other women, especially older women, should be aware that if it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody," she said.

Pawluk's management issued a statement about the incident and said that the content creator's video was "designed to spread love and compassion".

"He offers flowers and pays for complete strangers’ groceries, and while cynics may claim it’s for views, Harrison simply has a personal commitment to helping people feel more connected and trusting," the statement read.

The statement said that Pawluk went to Los Angeles recently and he witnessed "the extent of poverty and homelessness in a city where that shouldn’t be the case," and that inspired him to create content concentrated on being kind to others.

"So far Harrison has only encountered gratitude for what he has done, however, it is clear in this case someone is upset," the statement continued.

"He wholeheartedly apologizes to Maree if she was offended by what he did and urges her to contact him privately so he can personally apologize. If she requests him to take down the video he will do that," the management added.

Featured image credit: REUTERS / Alamy