Social media has been reeling this week after two videos of public fighting went viral. In one video, a man goes on an angry tirade in a Long Island bagel shop over women on social media that have made fun of his short stature. On another video, a family gets in a violent brawl in Disneyland’s Toontown area of the park. Both videos have garnered hundreds of thousands of views in a matter of hours, and hold testament to the fact that someone is always out there, watching, ready to capture your worst moment.
Bagel Boss or Joe Pesci?
“Why is it OK for women to say, ‘Oh, you’re 5 feet,’ on dating sites, ‘You should be dead?’ that’s OK?,” says a man, who was later identified as New Yorker Chris Morgan, in a viral video taken inside a Long Island bagel shop called Bagel Boss. Morgan is seen in the video screaming at passerby’s and patrons in the bagel store about how his height gets ridiculed on dating websites and apps. The 43 second video was first uploaded to Twitter, where it earned over 20 million views in a little over 24 hours. Later, a second video was uploaded that showed Morgan being tackled to the ground by store patrons after he attempted to get violent over the tirade.
Bagel Boss eventually responded to the incident, condemning the behavior while also lightheartedly joking to its customers that they can earn a free mini bagel by mentioning the video in any of their stores. “A MESSAGE FROM BAGEL BOSS: After todays incident everyone is ok! Use caution on dating sites and anyone who comes into our locations and mentions this video can get a FREE MINI BAGEL!,” Tweeted the owner of the bagel chain in response to the video. Many have responded to the comment with criticism over the fact that the company is attempting to make a joke out of a threatening situation. Other social media users have simply compared Morgan to Joe Pesci.
In the wake of the tirade, however, Chris Morgan has seen an opportunity to represent short men everywhere. Complex reported on Thursday that Morgan appeared on Hot 97 radio to talk about the incident, where he compared himself to Martin Luther King Jr., but for short people. The website also pointed out that Morgan has made other videos that are posted to his YouTube channel. In the videos he features himself being belligerent toward strangers in places like 7-11. In one video, for example, he’s seen going on a xenophobic rant upon discovering that the store clerk is Pakistani.
Disney Brawl Gets Particularly Nasty
Meanwhile, across the country at Disneyland another viral video shows a family getting into a nasty, violent fight. In a video that’s just over three minutes long, a family is seen hitting, screaming, and shoving each other in a fight that lasts for over three minutes before Disneyland security breaks it up. The video has been viewed more than 3 million times since it was published over the holiday weekend. The fight broke out in the Toontown area of the park, which is where most of the rides focused on younger kids are located. The video begins with the family screaming and hitting one another, and ends with members of the family being pushed to the ground, hit, and dragged by their hair. (Here is a link, though the content is pretty violent and viewer discretion is advised).
Many criticized the video’s contents on social media, accusing Disneyland security of taking too long to arrive on the scene. Others, however, point out that a less than five-minute response is faster than most companies would be able to respond. Throughout the video, bystanders can be seen stepping in to try and de-escalate the fight or prevent physical altercations from breaking out. Once Disney security shows up, the officers can be seen going through de-escalation techniques to try and calm the family down. Eventually one man is tackled to the ground, and the video ends as more security arrives.
Disney commented on the altercation within days, condemning the behavior. “Any type of violence is inexcusable and will not be tolerated,” said the company in an official statement that was released to the press. “Disneyland Resort security responded appropriately within minutes and immediately called Anaheim Police Department for assistance. Those involved were removed from the premises and turned over to Anaheim P.D.,” the statement continued. Orange County prosecutors are currently investigating the situation.