Woman Confronts Gymgoer Who Allegedly Called Her a 'Dumb C**t' in Viral Video

A video that shows a woman confronting a gymgoer has gone viral.

The video, found here, was posted to TikTok last week by Anastasia Alexander (@itsanastasiaalexander), who wrote: "gets called a c**t and gaslighted at Equinox bond st. today." The post has received 532,000 views and 22,000 likes.

The term "gaslighting" was derived from the 1938 play Gas Light, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

In the play, "a husband attempts to drive his wife crazy by dimming the lights [which were powered by gas] in their home, and then he denies that the light changed when his wife points it out," the hotline explained.

Gaslighting is an "effective form of emotional abuse," that causes victims to question their instincts and feelings.

One gaslighting technique a person can use is called "forgetting/denial," in which the offender "pretends to have forgotten what actually occurred or denies things like promises made to the victim," the hotline explained.

Other techniques include, but are not limited to, withholding and trivializing.

"This guy at the gym called me a dumb c**t for being in a stretching spot he wanted," the text overlay in Alexander's video read.

At the beginning of the 13-second clip, Alexander approaches a man, who is seen stretching. When she is finally beside him, she asks: "did you just call me a dumb c**t?"

The man, who is kneeling on the ground, responds: "I said 'get out of my face'...I said 'you should move over to the side.'"

When she explained that she was stretching in that spot before he ever walked over, he tries to end the conversation by saying, "let's just call it a day."

The two continue talking, but the video ends mid-discussion.

In a follow-up video posted later that day, Alexander claimed that she was stretching in the stretch area when the man approached her.

"He comes over, asks me if I'll move somewhere else," she said in the video. "I was like, 'no I was here first—you can move.'"

She then alleges that he used the derogatory phrase as he walked away.

Many of the video's commenters were bothered by the man's alleged behavior.

"They love to say 'stay calm' after they run their mouth," said Andrea Nicole.

"There should be rules of conduct at the gym," commented Terry E. "This type of verbal abuse should get him kicked out."

"The audacity," added V.

Roger wrote: "It doesn't matter what the lady did, this boy spoke without thinking. Would never dare speak that way to a man. Cowardly behavior."

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A video that shows a woman confronting a gymgoer has gone viral. The allegedly called the woman a derogatory name. Bojan89/istock