The student, identified as Delaney, was suspended for her actions but the boy was not punished by the school for his problematic videos.
The age of TikTok has come with its fair share of ups and downs. The video-sharing social media platform has made all sorts of information accessible to people, in really innovative ways. The platform is especially popular among the younger tech savvy generation. After all, each profile is a mini-platform for a user to propagate their views. With it, of course, also comes the possibility of widespread misinformation or just really bad takes. Truly embodying the spirit of free speech, these videos can be published for all to see and when the content is unacceptable the youngsters know just how to call it out.
we literally have a word to describe the way guys talk amongst themselves - what is “locker room talk” if not spaces that teach men they can do and say what they want without consequence, it’s built into our social fabric ... but “let boys be boys” and “not all men” right?— haleemah (@ha1eemah) March 18, 2021
High school student Luke Mazejka had a lot of problematic opinions that he proudly uploaded on TikTok. His misogynistic and fatphobic views are damaging to say the least. This is what one would refer to as "locker room talk." The term is borrowed from the discussions that happen in sports locker rooms among sportsmen who talk about a lot of things under the sun, which may include inappropriate comments on other genders. A crude example of this was displayed by the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, whose statements on women disgusted millions around the globe. Having sexist views about women and openly discussing it with others perpetuates rape culture, but it is also more common than we think.
What Mazejka was doing was a smaller version of the same but on a more public platform. In his videos, he has mocked girls for being overweight or “ugly.” In one of his TikTok videos, among others, which have all now been deleted, he said: "I know damn well that more than 3% of females are either fat or ugly." This was most likely in reference to a study that found that 97 percent of women in the U.K. between the ages of 18 to 24 have experienced sexual harassment, according to the Daily Dot. By saying this, he was even promoting rape culture and blatantly stating that being pretty or his idea of slim is enough to warrant sexual abuse. Many people decided to teach him a lesson and hold a mirror to let him see how sick he appears.
One girl from his school decided to teach him a lesson in person. The student, identified as Delaney, was caught on video pouring chocolate milk on Mazejka's head in the school cafeteria before walking away. This video along with a compilation of Mazejka's problematic videos was uploaded on TikTok by user Amanda Jamesonson. Turns out, Delaney was suspended from school for giving Mazejka a piece of her mind, even though it was in the form of pouring milk on his head. Students and social media users have lauded her brave action to take on the sexist bully that the boy is.
The video went viral and amassed over four million views. “I love her for that, she didn’t do anything wrong,” one user wrote on the video shared by Jamesonson. Another user said they “cannot even describe the amount of serotonin I just got from seeing this.” In a follow-up video, Jamesonson updated the situation much to the dismay of social media users who learned that Mazejka was not even punished for the things he said. On the other hand, Delaney's phone privileges were revoked by her parents and she was the one meeting with the principal.
After deleting the rest of his videos, Mazejka addressed the situation with a half-baked apology video with an image of his face and the following text: "To anyone offended by my videos, those were meant to be jokes between me and my friends,” he wrote. “I’m sorry to anyone who was offended. Those posts were not aimed at anyone specific and don’t reflect how my parents raised me. The backlash received for my misjudgment was not expected, and I'm truly sorry for posting those videos.” This apology did nothing for his cause. TikTokers did not allow him to get off easy either and ensured to hold him accountable by commenting, “Who’s going to college??? “Not u.” Holding boys and men accountable, and educating them is important to have them unlearn their prejudices.
Image Source: TikTok/Amanda Jamesonson