Why this photo of two women hugging is going totally viral

What do you see when you look at this picture? A train platform, some bystanders, two women hugging? Well, Nelson Felippe in Rio de Janeiro saw something that he did not like one bit, and he took to Facebook to share a piece of his mind. Now his post is going viral with over 100,000 shares in just 24 hours and tons of comments supporting his stance. It’s easy to see why people are rallying behind him. He does have a really important point.

“I am not prejudiced,” the comment starts (in Portuguese). “I think everyone does what they want in [their] life. But I find it absurd that I have to witness a scene like this. What you do in private is your decision, but what you do in public concerns me, and I refuse to see a scene like this and consider it normal. Worst of all is the example they set for the children.”

So, what has Nelson all riled up? For anyone who stops reading here, you may think we’re dealing with a case of homophobia or PDA-phobia. But the comment doesn’t end there. He goes on:

“What will happen to a kid that sees this? He’ll think it’s totally normal to wait for the train on the wrong side of the safety line. So don’t act like that guy over there. Follow the example of the two girls.” 

Not what you were expecting, right? Nelson’s troll game is strong. He’s also totally right. Falling into the tracks is super dangerous! Two girls hugging, is super not.

The virality of his post has really struck a chord. As Mic notes, there is endless debate about LGBTQ rights around the world right now, and how dangerous some people perceive accepting equal rights to be. As Mic says, “Felippe’s post is a clever reminder of what should really be considered dangerous today.” i.e. speeding trains, not hugs.

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