TikTok star’s ‘random acts of kindness’ have been branded as ‘dehumanizing’ clickbait

A popular TikToker is being slammed for filming himself performing ‘random acts of kindness’ – which one woman says left her feeling ‘dehumanised’.

Harrison Pawluk, 22, is known online for sharing videos of himself giving away free flowers or hugs and surprising people by paying for groceries.

In his videos, which receive millions of views, he claims he’s just trying to “spread kindness”, but viewers and some recipients of his “random acts” aren’t into his thing.

In a recent video, Pawluk tells a woman she dropped some cash on the floor before quickly paying for groceries while her back is turned – then he simply walks away.

The woman then looks around in confusion and points in the direction where Pawluk is. Some people online claimed the woman looked and said ‘Put it back, please’ before leaving with her groceries. However, a spokesperson for Pawluk, Taylor Reilly, told news.com.au that the woman was not pointing or talking to Pawluk, but instead speaking to her two children, who were off camera.

While many viewers hailed his efforts as “so nice” and called him a “good man”, some naysayers have piled on the self-promotion involved in the so-called random act. One person commented that “it would be even better if it wasn’t filmed”, while another suggested: “my mate gives the money to the poor. donate it. that would be valuable.

In one video, Pawluk tells a woman she dropped some cash on the floor before quickly paying for groceries and walking away.
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The clip then showed her firmly raising her hand and saying, “Put that back, please” before leaving with her groceries.
Viewers wondered if the woman was okay with the situation after a previous recipient of a ‘random act of kindness’ claimed to be ‘dehumanized’ and felt they were being used as ‘clickbait’ .
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Regardless of the woman’s reaction, it wouldn’t be the first time that a recipient of Pawluk’s “random act of kindness” didn’t feel the love and was instead upset by his actions.

Earlier this week, an Australian woman told ABC Radio Melbourne she felt “dehumanized” after being taped and seeing the video uploaded, apparently without her permission, as a “clickbait”.

Maree, who didn’t want to share her last name, was the focus of one of Pawluk’s popular TikTok videos – captioned ‘Hope this made her day better ❤️’ – in which she is seen for the first time sitting at a table alone and sipping a drink in a mall. Pawluk then approaches and asks her to hold a bouquet of flowers for him before putting down his backpack and putting on a jacket.

But then he picks up her bag, tells her to “have a nice day” – and walks off, leaving Maree with the flowers in her hand. She looks at the confused flowers and seems moved before putting them down and continuing her drink.

The TikTok video has since gone viral, amassing 60.6 million views and thousands of comments applauding Pawluk for his kindness and generosity.

However, Maree wasn’t as impressed with the TikTok star.

The short clip showed Maree sitting down for a coffee in a food court before receiving the flowers
Maree said she didn’t want the flowers or all the attention the viral video brought to her and her partner.
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“He interrupted my quiet time, filmed and uploaded a video without my consent, turning it into something it wasn’t, and I feel like he’s making a lot of money off of it. to that,” she said. “It’s the condescending assumption that women, especially older women, will be thrilled by a random stranger offering them flowers.”

After receiving the flowers, she then began to look around when she realized she was being filmed by a group of people standing nearby. She claims she asked if they were recording it and if they wanted the flowers, but they said no to both questions.

“He interrupted my quiet time, filmed and uploaded a video without my consent, turning it into something it wasn’t.”

“I didn’t want to take them home on the tram, to be really frank,” Maree said.

She didn’t give much thought to the interaction until her and her partner’s phones started exploding with people commenting on the video and sending in an article that had been written about it.

“At first it was just a joke to me, but then I felt dehumanized after reading the article,” she said. “The article said, ‘Old woman, old woman, heartbreaking story.’ And they got this photo of me supposedly crying, but it was just a horrible expression.

“I feel like click bait,” she said. “These artificial things are not random acts of kindness.”

Maree told ABC Radio Melbourne that she felt
She challenges the idea that Pawluk’s videos are selfless “random acts of kindness”.
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Many people online are also skeptical of Pawluk’s TikTok videos, questioning the authenticity of his maneuvers when followed by cameras, earning him millions of views and lots of praise.

“Imagine having the audacity to assume that a woman enjoying a coffee by herself in a food court needs her day to be improved.”

“Maree did an interview about being really annoyed and feeling patronized by it, and yet the video is still up,” one commenter noted, while another added, “That would be even better if it wasn’t filmed.”

“So men really can never leave women alone, huh, no matter how old I am,” someone joked, with another weighty: “Imagine having the audacity to assume that a woman having a coffee all alone in a food court needs her day improved.”

Another individual joked that it was a way to “spread the kindness if you can film it”.

However, in a statement, Harrison’s management team insisted it was all about trust and connecting with others.

“Harrison has a TikTok following of 3 million and after a recent trip to LA decided to change the focus of his channel to focus on random acts of kindness after witnessing the extent of poverty and homelessness in a city where it shouldn’t be,” they said. “He gives flowers and pays for errands for complete strangers and while cynics might argue it’s for views, Harrison made no income from this video.

“He’s just been personally committed to helping people feel more connected and more confident. Outside of Maree, so far Harrison has been met with nothing but gratitude for what he’s done.

“He wouldn’t want something designed to spread love and compassion to worry anyone,” they concluded.

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