EDIT: The mother had the audacity to completely lie about the situation when she posted the picture originally. Screenshot of the caption she wrote with the photo.
Picture in question
The man in his 40s said he was shopping for a present for his partner at Westfield Knox on Wednesday and noticed a Star Wars display at Target.
The father of three young adults and teens said his family loved Star Wars films and he innocently took a photo of himself at the shop display.
He said he was horrified that his image had been shared thousands of times and he had been called a “creep” and a “sex offender”. He said he has also had death threats on Facebook.
As always, men are guilty until proven innocent.
“I feel like I can’t even look at anyone or smile at them in public now. It’s frightening.”
In response to this article, many other men opened up to similar experiences:
“This is why men are no longer helping women out,” said reader Steven, who is now wary of helping children in public.
“I had a toddler fall at my feet at the local shopping centre and I started to bend down the help the poor kid up, I got the worst death stare from the ... mother,” he said.
“So I backed off & left (the child) there sprawled on the ground with its ice cream smeared all over the floor, and it was crying inconsolably ...
“I won’t be pausing to help ever again,” he said.
Once again, men are automatically shamed and blindly accused of being a monster for not doing anything wrong. Meanwhile, if a woman does the same thing, no one bats an eyelid.
It seems that true male privilege is having to prove yourself as innocent, while always being seen as guilty. This is why male role models, teachers and the like are next to non-existent now. One false accusation and their lift is ruined beyond repair, unless they're lucky enough to prove otherwise.