‘Make him feel stupid’: Influencer’s revenge over man’s ‘rude’ gym act

An influencer has captured the embarrassing moment a “privileged” man tried to “belittle” her for filming TikTok videos at the gym – after which she pointed out how much she earns from it.

Madi Webb was filming herself exercising at her local Los Angeles gym when a complete stranger criticized her out of the blue. The sun reports.

The “rude” man suggested her videos were “distracting” her from her workout and told Ms Webb she would “get more out of” her gym session if she put her phone away.

But the 25-year-old had the ultimate response: Instead of getting defensive, she put the gym-goer in his place by “making him feel stupid” as she claims to earn between $10,000 and $35,000 ($52,528) per TikTok video.

The social media content creator shared the footage on TikTok with the caption: “Where the f*** did he get the audacity?” – it has since gone viral, garnering 2.5 million views.

“Your form is good. I don’t know why you have to do these little videos. It kind of distracts from your workout. You’d probably get more out of it (if you stopped filming),” the man in the clip can be heard saying to Ms Webb.

The footage shows the influencer smiling politely before telling him: “Look, I already have a lot of these because I make so much money from these ‘little’ videos.”

As the man walks away, the video shows the 25-year-old raising her middle finger and angrily shouting “F**k you” into the camera.

Many users praised the influencer in the comments for her “perfect answer,” while others wondered if the man was trying to “flirt.”

Ms Webb had just joined the new gym and revealed that she was filming herself working out when the stranger appeared out of nowhere.

Instead of getting defensive, Ms Webb admitted that she found the experience “funny” and wanted to “use her power” to stand up to the “rude” man.

“I thought it was funny. I grabbed my phone to record him because he just sounded like an idiot,” she said.

“I had already pulled out my phone to record, so all I had to do was pull out the camera.

“He had a right to it. I wanted him to feel stupid. If people are coming to belittle you, you might as well use your power and not let it happen.

“I really believe his intention was to do this immature boy dance and make fun of me so I would notice him, rather than just being a nice person.

“If he wanted my attention, there were so many ways to get it. He didn’t have to insult me ​​to get it.

“Women are so conditioned to think of it as flirting. I don’t think it’s flirting. I just think it’s rude. If he wanted to flirt with me, he could have done it a million ways.

“Instead, he chose to belittle me. Any man who has to belittle a woman to feel more masculine is not a man.”

“I know that reacting defensively never gets you the results you want. In fact, you’re just giving them more excuses to act like an asshole.

“He was embarrassed because I wasn’t playing his game at all, or he felt insulted or reacted defensively.

“I didn’t do anything bitchy or rude. I just answered him very politely but cheekily.

“I don’t think he expected that answer at all. Not at all. That’s my preferred way of answering men.”

The podcaster, who manages all of her own content, admitted that this isn’t the first time she’s been “put down” for her TikTok videos, but since she came “from nowhere,” she’s grateful that it helped her get to where she is now.

“I’m always being put down because of my videos. It’s been happening since the day I started social media. In a way, it’s jealousy,” Ms Webb said.

“The only difference between me and everyone else is that I’m not afraid of being seen doing it. I didn’t even post the videos I shot at that gym. I was just practicing at the gym for future content.

“I wasn’t afraid to go out with my phone, film my videos and look silly. I’m not afraid of that. When people criticize me for looking embarrassing, annoying, silly or stupid, I take that as a compliment.

“It’s how I got to where I am now. I live in a penthouse in LA. I came from nothing. So there’s literally nothing you could say to make me feel bad about what I do.

“I manage my own money, so I basically earn everything myself. I’m more of an entrepreneur than an influencer.”

Ms Webb admitted that despite her natural reaction, she used to be a people pleaser and had to learn to “empower” herself. Today, she encourages other women to do the same so they are never afraid to “take up space”.

“I grew up trying to please people. Every part of me learned a lot because I didn’t want to be that way anymore,” she said.

“After learning to empower myself, all I wanted to do was empower other women. And give them the skills and tools and advice and tips that I wish I had had myself.

“For me, all of my content is a love letter to my younger self who had no one to look up to and teach me how to unlock my power.

“You have the right to take up space. Men are so intimidated by women who are not afraid to take up space and show their power. A lot of men are intimidated by that because it’s very anti-patriarchal.

“You can be there. You can do what you want. You can film your training sessions. Or you can just train in peace with headphones.”

“The bravest thing you can do is not to be afraid of being unpopular and misunderstood.”

However, the influencer warned that “safety must be everyone’s top priority,” and admitted that she would have reacted differently if she had been in danger.

“I always tell everyone to put safety above all else. If you are alone with a man in a gym and he comes up to you, don’t smile and be petty and sassy,” she said.

“If you feel safe in your environment and are surrounded by other people, I would say never let anyone put you down.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun and has been reproduced with permission


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