Woman Insults Catcaller in Video Viewed 17M Times: 'As You Should Queen'

The internet has praised a woman who insulted a catcaller in a now-viral video.

The video was posted to TikTok on February 2 by Lumma (@lummaaziz), who wrote: "So quick with the response." So far, the post has amassed more than 17 million views and over 3.4 million likes. While many found the video to be entertaining, it also exposed a common form of harassment that many women face.

In the five-second video, Lumma walks down a city street when, all of a sudden, a man calls to her from out of frame. It's hard to decipher what the man says, but one commenter claimed that he yelled, "Hey since I like you tell me your price and let's go."

Meanwhile, another commenter swore the man demanded she "type [her] price on this phone," which they said is another way of asking for someone's phone number.

Regardless, Lumma was annoyed by the man's advancements, so she responded, "You're the ugliest thing I've ever seen." From behind the camera, Lumma's friend yelled, "f**k you."

"I'm getting too good at reacting to men," read the video's text overlay.

A 2018 survey revealed that around three in four women, or 77 percent, have been verbally harassed, NPR reported.

Furthermore, researchers with the anti-harassment group iHollaback and Cornell University found that 84 percent of women are catcalled at least once before turning 17, and 13 percent of women are catcalled before the age of 10, Elle added.

Speaking to the Girl Scouts of America, developmental psychologist Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald said that catcalling can have long-term negative effects on women and girls.

"Catcalling and other objectifying behaviors can make girls feel their value lies solely in how they look as opposed to what they think or the things they can accomplish," Archibald said. "That kicks off a domino effect of girls engaging in self-objectifying—feeling overly concerned about how they look, comparing their bodies to those of other girls and women, and even judging other girls based on their looks."

Girl Scouts further explained that because catcalling is the "opposite of polite," it's OK not to smile, laugh or engage in conversation with a catcaller.

Considering how prevalent catcalling is, a majority of Lumma's commenters were happy to hear her confidently defend herself.

"I love how you called it a 'thing' DO IT AGAIN," wrote one TikTok user.

"You are an absolute icon," said aubri palmer.

Mac added: "As you should queen."

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The internet has praised a woman who insulted a catcaller in a now-viral video. JackF/istock