Viral Man vs. Bear TikTok Video Brings Social Media Spotlight on Violence Against Women

Written by on May 11, 2024

Man vs. Bear video / Photo: The Commentary Broad via YouTube
Man vs. Bear video / Photo: The Commentary Broad via YouTube

*Man vs Bear. That’s the topic of the moment after a viral TikTok video triggered a debate among women, with one question.

“Would you rather be stuck in a forest with a man or a bear?”

Tracing the clip back to its April 10 posting by Screenshot HQ, Madame Noire noted the video is bringing awareness to the severity of violence Black women face, with several ladies weighing in on the controversial question, with 7 of 8 women preferring to be stuck in a forest with a carnivorous bear over a man.

Needless to say, the video struck a nerve, generating 2 million likes, nearly 15 million views and more than 66,000 comments.

Among those sharing thoughts on the post was Franchesca Ramsey, a TV writer and actress who brought a different angle to the discussion by centering on the connection between violence to the responses of the women in the man vs. bear video.

@screenshothq The question of being stuck in a forest with a man or a bear is circulating on TikTok right now and sparking some interesting conversation…. we know what our answer would be 🐻🌳 #manvsbear #tiktok #tiktoktrend #trending #challenge #streetinterview #voxpop ♬ Terror Music (Scary Song) – IMPERIUM RECORDS

On April 30, The Fix-It Pod host brought her views on the topic with her video, which featured on Instagram. Captioned “This is why so many women overwhelmingly chose the bear,” Ramsey is seen singing and playing chords on a guitar while telling folk to “shove it” as she explains why so many women opt to risk it all with a bear rather than with a man in the woods.

With facts about sexual and global violence appearing in the video, the songwriter urged naysayers to rethink their views on the bear being the preference for women. To hammer her point home, she lists headlines that illustrate the raw reality of global and sexual violence.

“4 Men Gang-Raped, Killed and Ate a Protected Monitor Lizard,” one headline stated, followed by another headline, which reported,

“A 13-year-old girl told the police she had been gang-raped. Then a police allegedly raped her.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black and Indigenous women are murdered at a higher rate than any other race.

The issue hit home for Madame Noire, which posted a story under the headline, “Twins stabbed, one fatally in Brooklyn deli after refusing man’s advances, sources say.”

The site mentioned 19-year-old twin sisters Sanyia and Samyia Spain. The siblings’ experience inside a New York deli turned fatal after reportedly rejecting the advances of a disgruntled man on March 17. Samyia died at the hospital. Days later, the killer, identified as 20-year-old Veo Kelly, turned himself into the police. He was charged with the murder of Samyia as well as other weapon possession counts.

Commenting on her clip, Ramsey shifted the chatter toward men while sharing thoughts.

“It seems for many men it’s confusing to learn that there’s a fate worse than death. But if I get attacked by a bear, the bear will not go on to have an illustrious career while I’m blamed for being mauled,” she argued in the comments section.

@biggestswave #stitch with @ImIsraell ♬ original sound – big swave

Taking to TikTok, Black users of the platform voiced their own takes surrounding the fear women have of some men. Big Swave, a Black male TikToker, reposted another man’s list of pros and cons of women being in a forest with a bear rather than a man.

In his eyes, the social media user could see why women chose the animal

“I completely understand the logic of women saying, ‘I would rather be in a forest with a bear that’ll just kill me than me being in a forest with a man that will probably rape me repeatedly and then… possibly kill me,’” Big Swave argued.

@biggestswaveI hope this clears up any confusion 😂😂 but If It dont🤷🏾‍♂️♬ ZM5 – SheedTs

So, what say you? Answering the question, would you choose a man or a bear.

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