Melbourne’s Tik Tok backfires: ‘I feel inhuman’

A Melbourne woman enjoying a cup of coffee alone has been unwittingly caught up in a viral video that she says made her feel “dehumanized”.

“I hope it made her day better,” says Harrison Pavluk’s Tik Tok video caption of Marie, a Melbourne woman.

But the video, which went viral and has been viewed over 58 million times, actually ruined her day.

In the 19-second video, Marie is seen drinking coffee in a Melbourne food court.

Unbeknownst to her, a couple of young people nearby are filming Tik Toker coming up and asking her to hold flowers for him.

He puts on a jacket and backpack and tells her “have a nice day”.

It was supposed to be a random act of kindness, but Marie says she doesn’t need flowers and certainly doesn’t need the attention of tens of millions of people around the world.

Conversation with Virginia Trioli of ABC Radio MelbourneMarie says she feels “dehumanized” and that she challenges the notion that a random act of kindness was random at all.

“A guy came up and very politely asked if I would hold these flowers for him, which I did,” Marie explained.

“And, you know, I had a little chat about who was the lucky one, blah blah. And in general, he said: “Oh, someone very special.”

“And then he really just, you know, put on his backpack and jacket and just walked away.”

The footage, which the 22-year-old shared with his 3.2 million followers, was released by the Daily Mail, which featured a story that Marie said was misrepresenting her as a lonely, sad woman.

“They must have seen the movie and got this photo of me looking, well, supposedly crying, but it was just a terrible expression. And I just got really offended.

“He interrupted my quiet time, filmed and uploaded the video without my consent, turning it into something it wasn’t, and I feel like he’s making quite a lot of money from it.”

She said people should “challenge” the notion that videos are “random acts of kindness” and that she was surprised “it’s actually legal” to film someone without their permission and upload the video to watch millions of times. in the Internet.

“I don’t really even take it personally anymore, but I just think other women, especially older women, should know that if this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.”

The 22-year-old’s management said in a statement that he was trying to do something good.

“He offers flowers and pays for products from complete strangers, and while cynics might argue it’s for looks, Harrison simply has a personal commitment to helping people feel more connected and trusted,” the statement said.

“His videos are filmed in public places, so consent is technically not required.

Having said that, although so far he has only come across gratitude, if someone is upset, then they are free to email him personally.

“He wouldn’t want anything meant to spread love and compassion to cause anyone concern.”

Last month, News.com.au interviewed Melbourne resident Rustam Raziev. – Tik Toker, which has also amassed a massive following through “random acts of kindness” including paying strangers for groceries.

He said people misunderstood why he was doing it.

“I think as long as I have good intentions, that’s important,” he said.

“In the end, you always get hate from some people. I try to ignore it a little. I do good and feel good about it. I do this with good intentions that come from my heart. I think that’s what matters at the end of the day.”

Originally published as Melbourne resident says she was ‘dehumanized’ after Tik Tok video went viral