WATCH: Breastfeeding social experiment in London subway goes viral
Two actors from the troupe – one with a fake baby – boarded the Tube in London to gauge how people would react to a woman getting verbally harassed for breastfeeding in public.
Posted on Monday, the video has gained hundreds of thousands of views.
As soon as the actress pretending to be a breastfeeding mother began to feed her “child,” the male actor let out an exasperated sigh.
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“I’m not trying to be argumentative or anything but I feel a little uncomfortable about it,” he said, adding that she should sit in a separate carriage to breastfeed.
A hidden camera captured reactions from nearby commuters. Some walked away, others defended the mother.
“She’s got a baby. Why don’t you move away?” asked one woman.
The verbal harassment continued for several minutes as the mother and her fellow passengers stood up for a mother’s right to feed her child.
Eventually, a male passenger stepped in to sit between the two actors, saying the man was becoming too aggressive toward the mother.
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This video is the latest in a string of controversial breastfeeding stories that have made headlines lately, including an Ontario mother who breastfed her baby on Santa’s lap during the past holiday season.
“I think breastfeeding should be made more acceptable in all ways,” Rebecca Dunbar told Global News. “It shouldn’t deserve a comment one way or another because it shouldn’t be seen as abnormal.”
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