Heat of the year!
A few days back all hell broke loose when a pretty girl claimed she was monstered by a jacked gym-stud while filming a few cutsie workout routines at her local health club.
Jessica Fernandez, who identifies as Colombian and Nicaraguan and lives in Southern California, has a real healthy 56k followers on Twitch and 10k YouTube subscribers.
A video where she says a lifter stared at her “like a piece of meat” was viewed three million times.
“This guy kept making me extremely uncomfortable at the gym,” she wrote. “This is why I’ll end up crying on stream. I feel so grossed out at times with the amount of sexualisation I experience. Hopefully this spreads awareness for girls who experience this type of treatment at the gym.”
Given the buildup, the video was a real non-event. Lifter looks over a few times and, a little later, offers to help put the weights back on the bar.
Still, Fernandez said the guy “triggered my flight or fight and response to previous traumas… I was completely fine until he followed me to my squat rack in the corner of the gym…I can see how this makes me look like I have an inflated ego but I am an attractive girl in a beauty standard sense and I get extremely sexually harassed online and it makes trusting random strangers that approach me trigger my trauma which is why I respond this way.”
While fans were quick to back her up (“I don’t understand how hard it is to mind your business, people aren’t at the gym to get stared at or get hit on makes no sense”) majority opinion swung towards the demonised man.
“Girls like this go to the gym just to chase clout and be toxic. This man did nothing wrong. And she’s hiding comments calling her out. REALLY weak for someone who hits the gym,” wrote another gal.
“I watched the whole video. The guy glances over a few times, probably wondering why she’s recording herself,” wrote right-wing Daily Wire host Matt Walsh. “Then he comes over and offers to help her rack the weights. She declines, he says, ‘Oh OK’, and walks away. The end. She’s the problem here, not him.”
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
Fernandez, realising the implications of publicly throwing a man under a social media bus, eventually, and with haunted eye penance, apologised.
“I will be coming out with a response to this whole gym situation in a few days. I’m sorry,” wrote Fernandez.
Whereupon Kelly Slater, a man whose Twitter profile warns “I make fun of things, point out absurdities, and tackle serious subjects like the cutback”, delivered the stunning coup de grâce, that famously cool, logical voice wrapped around a heady sense of masculine superiority.
“In a few days? You checking with your lawyers and publicist? Just apologize to the guy in person.”