Gigi Hadid didn’t hesitate to kick the ass of a guy who grabbed her in Milan

Women put up with a lot of shit on the street all the time, and the fact that Gigi Hadid fought a guy who assaulted her on the street of Milan makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. A man, who has since been identified as “well known prankster” Vitalii Sediuk, came up behind Hadid, grabbed her by the waist, and picked her up as she was leaving the Max Mara show at Milan Fashion Week. Hadid promptly used her elbows to shove the guy off her and he fled the scene. She then chased him a little bit. That’s right, asshole. That’s what you get.

 

But the story doesn’t really end there. Media outlets, taking the picture of Hadid throwing elbows, with her designer sunglasses falling off of her face, ran with it. Instead of writing “Some Asshole Thought Touching A Woman On The Street Was OK, Can You Believe It?” as a headline, they went the other, more predictable route. Headlines varied in describing her actions as “aggressive” or writing that she “lashed out.” The Sun even made a stupid pun labeling her self-defense as “not model behavior.”

We live in a world where women are raped and harassed on a daily basis — Hadid acted exactly like any women would when touched and physically picked up by a stranger.

Hadid eventually took to Twitter, like the legend that she is, to set people straight. She tweeted her defense, linking to The Sun article which also called the man a “fan.” She wrote: “To unknown article writer: fan?!!! The ACTUAL fans that were there can tell you what happened. I’m a HUMAN BEING.” She added in another tweet, “and had EVERY RIGHT to defend myself. How dare that idiot thinks he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger. He ran quick tho.” She also tweeted that she was grateful for her boxing coach.

I bet. From the pictures, it looks like she really roughed him up, which makes me actually laugh out loud and smile with pride. To even say it was a “prank” shows how messed up everyone’s heads are when it comes to women’s safety and the ownership of their bodies. Do men really not understand that women are harassed, assaulted, and raped all over the world all the time? If it were at night, on an empty street, would you say she “lashed out?” There’s no difference between what happened in broad daylight or some random attack at night.

Ask a man what he would do if some lug came up behind him and swung him around unexpectedly. Women have every right to fight off a touch and, quite frankly, we’re always on guard. I can barely stand in a supermarket line without wishing the male mouth-breather behind me would back the fuck up. Gigi, you’re my everything.

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