A teenager has been arrested in Beijing after being caught on camera launching into a profanity-laced tirade inside a crowded metro car against two women that he calls “outsider bitches.”
The two-minute-long video begins with the 17-year-old guy surnamed Zhang insulting a pair of women riding on the Beijing Subway, calling them “smelly bitches” and attempting to mock and shame them for not being from Beijing.
But the situation really starts to escalate when one of the women tries to call the police. Zhang swiftly grabs the smartphone right out of the woman’s hand and refuses to give it back, calling the women “outsider bitches.” All the while, fellow commuters inside the metro car can be seen looking on with interest, but failing to intervene in any way.
Eventually, once the train stops, Zhang tells the women that if they get off the train, then he will give them the phone back. The women insist that he first hand over the phone. As the doors are about to close, Zhang simply shoves the women off the train before walking back over to the middle of the metro carriage, mumbling “stupid bitches” to himself.
You can watch the incident play out with a translation provided by Sixth Tone:
Or check out the full footage:
Over the weekend, the video went viral on Chinese social media, provoking outrage from many netizens who say that they have experienced the same sort of prejudice and discrimination in the past.
“Why do you think you’re so superior just because you were born in Beijing? Really, you are not even human!” wrote one Weibo user.
“This kid is just 17 years old, and he talks like that! Just imagine how messed up his parents are!” commented another.
Some web users have called into question whether the teenager is actually from Beijing since he doesn’t seem to have an authentic Beijing accent. But whether it was a hoax or not, netizens have slammed commuters for doing nothing while Zhang berated and shoved around the two women.
“All those people and not one stepped in to help,” lamented one Weibo user.
“Are these people in the metro car the same people who are so angry online about THAAD,” wondered another?
According to Sixth Tone, the woman who shot the video said that she didn’t dare intervene because she is a woman and was afraid she might get hurt. She added that Zhang had been set off after the two women asked him to scan a QR code so that he could follow their company which sells healthy breakfasts.
Beijing police arrested Zhang on Sunday and kept him in custody; however, because of his status as a minor, the fact that this was his first offense, and due to the regret he has shown, they have decided to show him leniency and release him. Meanwhile, the two women might actually end up the worst out of this mess as their illegal metro marketing scheme was reported to the relevant authorities.
[Video via Sixth Tone / Tencent]
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