Robert McCoy, a.k.a. “the couch guy,” has opened up about being scrutinized by the public and accused of cheating, after a TikTik video of his girlfriend surprised him at school university is spread.
The reaction to the TikTok clip was “threat” and an invasion of privacy, Mr. McCoy said in an option Slate.com. He also blamed social media algorithms for pushing ordinary people into the limelight “against their wishes”.
Close friends were initially positive about the video, then strangers watched the 19-second clip and accused him of cheating.
In the simple video, posted in September and viewed more than 60 million times, McCoy’s girlfriend Lauren Zarras enters the room and finds him sitting on a couch with four women. It took him a while to react to his girlfriend who was there when an Ellie Goulding song played in the background.
“Dude, if my man is on a couch full of girls, IMMEDIATELY BACK THE DOOR,” wrote one user as streams of memes and parodies flooded the internet. Even Rolling Stone, with the help of a body language expert, analyzed the scene.
“Not everything is a real crime. McCoy said in a comment on TikTok as people analyzed the footage, but users responded with comments like: “You can hit your girlfriend, you can’t anger your girlfriend.”
In his editorial, Mr McCoy explained how he felt “celebrity is unwilling to be treated” and said that “tabloid media coverage” around the video has depressed emphasize “invasion of my privacy”.
He blamed a “massive culture of defamation” online and begged people to consider the person described before moving on to the subject of online content.
“They are human, not a mystery for you to solve,” he concluded.
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