r/PublicFreakout Jun 19 '16

A man wastes several days trying to prove to internet strangers that he is strong, and believes that a stranger would fly to Ohio to fight him in a park. Non-Public

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u/[deleted] Jun 19 '16

Oh, wow. This is a pretty good freakout, and even better if you dig into the context a bit. The video above is a glimpse into some kind of internet feud between the poster and the guy in the video (whom we'll call Rubber Lips, or RL). The origins are unclear, but Poster has uploaded several videos of RL executing feats of strength, including some very strange bent-over kettle bell twisty-press things. I am very leary of exercises that load the spine unevenly. Every video has multiple threatening comments from RL. For example, here is a bizarre and surreal rant in which he somehow manages to reference Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton:

"You are just a bitch, that's why you got called one. What is so embarrassing about me being strong as fuck? Hahaha you think being strong doesn't keep grown men alive, or do anything that would piss you off because you're a weak bitch? Yeah, you look stupid by not showing respect, because most guys aren't anything like that. You're just a shallow bitch like Donald Trump. Hillary is not even as big of a bitch as Donald. Trust me...because I never lied about ANYTING on any post, because grown men don't do that shit."

To anyone who has been around the Internet for a while, this is obviously reminiscent of the classic internet tough guy copypasta. But this is better. This is a real life Internet Tough Guy, ranting into his phone in a public place at an unseen stranger. What a weird and zeitgesity artifact this is. Do you think we could come up with a name for this subgenre of freakout? Real-life public responses to trolling? This is one of my favorite types of freakout because it just evokes so much pathos. Also, it is refreshing to watch any expression of pure, genuine emotion, especially when that emotion is blind seething rage. Saturated with TV and movies, our brains have become used to watching the imitation of emotions, so much so that it is strangely surprising and fascinating to watch the real thing. I am reminded of a similar video in which a very fat, short-haired woman rants about trolls from some video game, daring them to come fight her. She even demonstrates her bat-swinging abilities on a wooden post, and talks about the tae kwon do lessons she's taking. (If anyone can link that video, I'd appreciate it. I've been looking for it for a long time!)

For all the anger expressed in videos like these, they are truly desperate cries for human interaction. It's unlikely that a man so angered by the teasing of anonymous strangers has a firm sense of self, or network of loving and supportive relationships. (But who knows?) The impression that I get about RubberLips and TaeKwonDo are that they are very lonely and very angry. Their psychological projections are clear as day. RubberLips is weirdly and obsessively preoccupied with asserting his status as a "grown man." Such a case study. Top quality freakout. Thanks OP!

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u/[deleted] Jun 19 '16

Is this the video you're looking for?

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u/plutomutt Jun 19 '16

Sword or sheath??????