‘Cat-Call’ Viral Video Meant To Distort The Image Of Black Men


'Cat-Call' Viral Video Meant To Distort The Image Of Black Men
The video is an obvious attempt to distort the image of Black men

AFRICANGLOBE – Everyone’s talking about a video which purports to show a woman walking the streets of New York for ten hours during which time she is ‘harassed’ more than 100 times.

On closer inspection, the video is of a White female walking the Black neighbourhoods of New York and being ‘cat-called’ by men.

Whilst there is no excuse for this whatsoever let us examine what this video is trying to say. Is it saying that White men don’t harass women?

According to the film makers there were plenty of White men harassing the woman but their harassments were either off-camera or there was a police siren passing just at the same moment that the White men made their comments.

Is that even believable? Or should the filmmakers have gone and taken another ten hour walk around the White neighbourhoods until they got the harassment of White guys without the interference of the emergency services?

Is this video saying that White women cannot walk through Black neighbourhoods without being harassed?

Yes. And that’s a lie and a slur on Black men.

'Cat-Call' Viral Video Meant To Distort The Image Of Black Men
The message is simple

One of the Black men in this dubious video shouts out “Hey beautiful” at the White woman as she walks steadfastly on, ignoring the comment. And he shouts back “Hey, it was only a compliment….you should say ‘thank you.’”

Of course, it’s harassment. I don’t doubt that it makes women feel uncomfortable. But is it unwitting harassment from the perpetrators point of view?

The man who shouted the ‘compliment’ needs a re-education in street etiquette and perhaps the law needs to be tougher.

The Rob Bliss Creative Agency who made the film and the anti-street harassment organisation Hollaback! don’t give a tuppence about the racial reverberation of their video. It will have unforetold consequences for generations to come. That’s why I wouldn’t trust them with anything ever again. They are unfit for purpose as organisations because they don’t see colour when they should see it.


By: Dotun Adebayo 


This Is Real Harassment Not Staged Fake Outrage



  1. White women have the wealth of Africa at their disposal. And I’m not just talking diamonds. The men besides themselves over her. And sisters be lying, thats a man thing. Sisters can walk around white neighborhoods and get so little play, the cameraman would forget why they’re there. White men aren’t checking for sisters like that. Those black men in Harlem usually have sisters fighting over them or a part of a harem. I’m from Harlem. Laugh if you want to but we as a people are not getting real about whats up.. thats why I threw that curb. When a woman have her man and your man that is some queen stuff right there.

  2. This is an example of how the media helps pit one against the other or more accurately, black men vs black women. I’ve engaged this subject in other areas and it’s the same thing: men think women are overreacting and that this is a smear campaign against them and women are trying to explain how it IS an issue and are looking for some empathy. Here’s what it boils down to: The video wasn’t fairly presented but street harassment IS an issue. Compare it to workplace harassment, if you will. Saying good morning or hi isn’t so terrible but following a woman down as you plead for her number IS. And it has escalated for the worse. Brothers, listen to your women and protect them- don’t get mad at us because some white woman and her white friends decided to launch some campaign to make you look bad. We weren’t the ones that made a national case of it even though we have to agree that it can be a bit frustrating as you try to get to work/school/anywhere and have to duck and dodge males. Lastly, I wish they had used a black woman for their little experiment in that video: the reactions she got from those males was tame in comparison to what I and other black women get when we dare to ignore some badgering dude.

  3. And did you ask yourself how some of those incidents start??? By a simple hello from a stranger in the street. And to all of you men who feel that this is not ” a big deal” imagine this is your MOTHER DAUGHTER WIFE? Would it still be okay?

  4. Tony Evans grab several seats and calm down. You are not a woman so you cannot discredit the experience we have in the streets being cat called. Some of these men go out of their way to grab you and get physically, if that doesn’t sound scary to u then I don’t know what is…we live in a world were people,children and are being abducted every day..No one discredits any of those issues you brought up, they are very serious but so is an “innocent” “hello sweety” to a young South African woman like myself when I walk through an empty street in a country that has staggering numbers of rape and sexual harassment so excuse us for being insensitive about cat calling

  5. Maybe women ought to quit whining and put some energy towards some REAL issues like pay inequity, human trafficking, and women’s unique health issues to name a few. The ten hours this stupid woman wasted trying to push her stupid racist and sexist agenda could have done better address some REAL issues that are are affecting women!

  6. Torture? I think your reality check just bounced. No torture is when a woman gets beaten by a male police officer on the side of the freeway in California. Torture is when young women in Africa and Muslim countries are held down as their genitals are mutilated. Torture is 200 women in Nigeria being raped and sold into sex slavery by Boko Haram. When you free yourself from this feminist driven delusion of persecution you will realize how silly you sound. Women like you and this opportunist hurt the credibility and cause of REAL women who are REALLY being tortured – not greeted on the street!

  7. If that’s the case then why didn’t they show all races of men doing it? I did not see anything disrespectful besides that one guy who was walking beside her.

  8. Another whining session for men instead of trying to change. Men of all races do it although I’ve never experienced this from white men but I’ve seen it. The problem is it happens not who is doing it.