“Terrifying”: Woman Records Interaction With Aggressive Catcaller Who Insists She Take Compliment

"Was that a complithreat?"

Mustafa Gatollari - Author

May 17 2024, Published 11:18 a.m. ET

Woman Records Aggressive Catcaller — Insists She Takes Compliment
Source: TikTok | @just_britbrat

A woman's video where she captured the voice of an aggressive catcaller who insisted she take a compliment pertaining to her beauty while stating he isn't interested in her phone number or anything further than letting her know he thinks she's beautiful is making a lot of viewers' stomachs turn.

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Brittany (@just_britbrat) was walking outdoors when she recorded the video, which she says she started doing because she had a feeling from the way the man was approaching her that he was going to say something.

"I started recording because I could feel the energy coming," the TikToker writes in a text overlay of her video as she looks into the camera as she walks outside. The day is clear and wind can be heard cutting into the recording device's microphone, along with the occasional chirping of birds.

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"Are you on the phone?" a man's voice can be heard coming from off camera.

"Huh?" she asks.

"Are you on the phone?" he asks again.

"No," she responds to the guy.

"Can I tell you something?" he says. "Don't take this the wrong way."

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She doesn't seem receptive to his advances, and intones as such by plastering a side-eye emoji onto her face in the clip.

"Oh s---," she says, which the guy doesn't appear to appreciate.

"Why'd you say oh s---? Take the g------ compliment," he says.

"Ehhhhh," she says, hearing the man speak to her.

"You are f------ absolutely gorgeous; take the compliment, OK?" he tells her.

"Thanks ... thank you?" she says to him.

"I don't want anything. I don't need your number, nothing, but you just are beautiful, man, take the f------ compliment."

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catcaller aggressively demands woman take the compliment - tiktok
Source: TikTok | @just_britbrat

"Thank you," she responds again.

"You are f------ amazing."

"Thank you."

"No we see you all the time," he tells the TikToker, which causes her to briefly pause.

"Well, do you?" she says, laughing.

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"You're beautiful, baby," he tells her again.

"Thank you, haha," she says, laughing again, and after she's walked a few steps away from the man she begins to grimace into the phone.

"Was I just held at gunpoint for a compliment?" she asks before the video ultimately cuts out.

Viewers who saw her video also thought that the way she was catcalled was scary: "That was aggressive as h---."

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catcaller aggressively demands woman take the compliment - tiktok
Source: TikTok | @just_britbrat

"That was actually terrifying," someone else said while another user on the app didn't love that the man who approached her may've intimated that she was being stalked: "'We see you all the time' would have me thinking about changing my entire routine," they wrote.

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Someone else explained how in situations like these, women often must feel the need to be polite even if everything in their being is telling them to flee or let the other person know they have to f--- off: "The way you had to smile and be courteous or else it would’ve gone completely left."

End Violence Against Women referenced a U.K. statistical analysis conducted in 2021 that surveyed numerous women about how safe they felt walking alone at night. One in two said that they thought they were potentially in danger whenever they walked in their own neighborhood after dark.

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catcaller aggressively demands woman take the compliment - tiktok
Source: TikTok | @just_britbrat

Two out of three women between the ages of 16 and 34 said they encountered at least one form of harassment within 12 months of taking the survey. While "44 percent of women aged 16 to 34 years having experienced catcalls, whistles, unwanted sexual comments or jokes, and 29 percent having felt like they were being followed."

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Stop Street Harassment also reported on the phenomenon of catcalls along with verbal and physical harassment girls and women endure all over the world: "Gallup data from surveys in 143 countries in 2011 show that in those countries, including Italy, France, Australia, and the U.S., men are considerably more likely than women to say they feel safe walking alone at night in their communities."

The outlet continued: "The results of the Gallup’s annual Crime Survey, conducted in 2014, found that 37 percent, of U.S. adults say they would not feel safe walking alone near their home at night. By gender, 45 percent, of women said they do not feel safe walking alone at night, compared with 27 percent of men."

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