A video which originally appeared on an Instagram story has now gone viral as people online recognize the "funny" behavior or the adult in the video as abusive.
In the video, a young boy is learning a popular TikTok dance alongside his sister.
A woman, watching the children from off-camera, can be heard saying:
"You don't do that s**t! F**k wrong with you? Gay a** b*tch!"
She then slaps the child.
The post was captioned "Had to slap blxxd this not it."
I’m crying https://t.co/bhAR5mb64q— YLOVENCHY🇭🇹🇭🇹 (@YLOVENCHY🇭🇹🇭🇹)1588901485.0
The internet couldn't believe anyone would find abusive behavior like this funny.
@ylo_gang_ What makes this worst is that child will never understand what he did wrong— _Rez_ (@_Rez_)1588906264.0
@ylo_gang_ Y’all find child abuse funny...? https://t.co/0L6x5tubUv— Afrodite ✨ (@Afrodite ✨)1588976450.0
@ylo_gang_ I could never adequately express how angry this makes me— Pasch....it sounds like cash (@Pasch....it sounds like cash)1588917489.0
Twitter absolutely exploded with rage at the treatment this child received.
@ylo_gang_ It’s like some parents would rather their son grow up traumatized than feminine. She has such a toxic id… https://t.co/JMwTOgQ1T5— Tamara ✨ (@Tamara ✨)1588944466.0
@filmovrfood he was just having fun with the other child (girl) as any kid would I feel for him a complete stranger… https://t.co/QOdvr1IuOE— OvaltinaMilo (@OvaltinaMilo)1589008867.0
Not long after the video went viral, a woman claiming to be the child's godmother arrived on Twitter to let everyone know the abusive woman was not his mother.
This is my Godson & the person slapping him is not his mom, this person was supposed to be babysitting. Moms wasn't… https://t.co/fynEG9dFsT— EG (@EG)1588994586.0
Are already involved & his mom is gonna be holding the person accountable. We always let him be himself. His mom th… https://t.co/xFuXiPaqxo— EG (@EG)1588994858.0
According to the woman who claimed to be the godmother, the babysitter who slapped the young boy was planning on turning herself in to police.
I went to check on him & his mom today & they are doing fine. The person who did this is gonna be turning themselve… https://t.co/rWk7PhCkCW— EG (@EG)1588994994.0
The child's mother eventually spoke out, saying:
"I am his mother and I am not the one who was behind the camera. Everybody thinks it's me and was saying negative things about me, but I'm not worried about that. My son is fine and he is being loved right."
"I didn't find out what happened until two or three days after the video was made, when my son's godmother told me about this [going viral]...I didn't know what to do… I was not home at the time, my son never told me about this, but it is being handled, and the law is involved. It's something I've got to deal with."
https://t.co/KUhGDjOYH3— EG (@EG)1589053328.0
At least it's now clear this young man will be loved no matter what songs he likes to dance to.
https://t.co/U75R30CfLk— EG (@EG)1589053910.0
@filmovrfood Can you update us? Are you able to confirm if she turned herself in yet and is actual custody? I reall… https://t.co/CjZAEvYkkA— Natalie (@Natalie)1589005237.0
No one should be treated poorly because of someone else's prejudices.
@filmovrfood This is cute but I wanna see him finish the savage dance 😭❤️— 21 Saddness💖 (@21 Saddness💖)1589056593.0
@filmovrfood Thrive, young King. Thrive.— mizu. (@mizu.)1589057265.0
Behavior like this babysitter's will no longer fly as long as the caring people of the world have something to say about it.