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04th May 2024

Viral ‘bear or man’ question leaves internet divided

Ryan Price

A viral ‘bear or man’ TikTok has sparked a huge debate online about women’s safety.

Screenshot HQ, an account on TikTok, kicked off the debate by taking to the streets and asking women if they would rather run into a man they didn’t know or a bear in the forest.

Out of the seven people presented with the bizarre question, only one said they would rather run into a man.

The video went viral and sparked a lot of debate around the controversial question.

@screenshothq The question of being stuck in a forest with a man or a bear is circulating on TikTok right now and sparking some interesting conversation…. we know what our answer would be 🐻🌳 #manvsbear #tiktok #tiktoktrend #trending #challenge #streetinterview #voxpop ♬ Terror Music (Scary Song) – IMPERIUM RECORDS

Lots of men commented that they understood why the women would choose a bear, while droves of other women backed the answers from those in the original video.

One male TikTok user wrote: “I get that, you know what to expect from a bear.”

Another guy commented: “The comments on this post make me sad I’m sorry yall 😔.”

One female user wrote: “I’m terrified of bears. I had a fear of bears from my childhood. THEY SCARE ME TO MY SOUL. And id still choose a bear.”

Other TikTok users have since filmed themselves posing the hypothetical question to loved ones.

@bbqtiddies #stitch with @Jonathan Buchanan BEARS > MEN #ecology #biology #wildlife #bear ♬ original sound – jj
@jon.the.detective Man or bear a detective’s perspective. Team Bear. #fyp #manvsbear #woods #bearman ♬ original sound – Jon.The.Detective

🐻 vs 🧔‍♂️

♬ original sound – flossybaby

One Twitter user wrote: “Reading responses to the bear vs man in the woods question and someone said ‘if I die by a bear I’ve fed its survival instincts, if I die by a man I’ve likely only fed his fantasies.’ And the way my whole jaw needs to be scraped off the floor…”

Another user created a poll which proved to be very one-sided.

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