This picture of two women embracing got a lot of attention – but it may surprise you why

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An image of two women hugging in public has gone viral, but not for the reasons assumed at first glance.


The photo was posted yesterday by Brazilian Nelson Felippe, along with what appeared to be a rant commenting on the two women.

Written in Portugese, the post quickly went viral, as Felippe’s rant, it transpires, was about a third person in the photo who has stepped over the yellow line on the subway.

He wrote: “I am not prejudiced, I think everyone does what they want in their life. But I find it absurd to witness a scene like this.

“What you do yourself is your problem, but what you do in public concerns me, yes. And I refuse to see a scene like that and consider it normal.”


“I do not wish evil on anyone, but humanity should be preserved. Challenging social conventions, like this, can be dangerous. If there is an accident, or worse, if someone dies, who will be blamed? Me?

“The worst part of all is the example it sets for the children.

“What will go on in the head of a child who sees this scene every day? Kids will think that it is normal to wait for the subway standing top of the yellow strip.

“So, do not behave like that guy over there. Follow the example of the girls.”


“Wait for the subway before the yellow strip, and only approach the track after the subway is stopped and the doors are open.”

So Felippe’s post actually comments on the lack of public transport safety demonstrated by the person to the left of the photo, and has been liked and shared hundreds of thousands of times.

Some, who possibly had not read the full post, commented to call him homophobic.