Blindfolded Woman Wearing 'I'm Gay' Sign Waits With Open Arms In Timely Social Experiment

"I can understand you."

Weibo, a popular Chinese social media site similar to Twitter, recently announced its intention to delete LGBT-themed videos as part of a larger campaign to clean up content on the website. As reported by The New York Times, LGBT social media users revolted, posting open letters and launching an "I am gay" hashtag campaign to call for Weibo to reverse its decision.

One widely circulated video purported to show a blindfolded young woman standing with her arms outstretched in China. Her shirt, per the video description, read ,"I'm gay, would you hug me."


The powerful viral video is reminiscent of many in recent years that have challenged stigma and stereotypes by challenging passersby to see blindfolded individuals as people — and to give them a hug.

In the heart-warming video, a number of Chinese passersby approach the blindfolded woman, one after the other, to give her a hug.

"I would love to give you a hug," one woman says as she approaches the blindfolded woman. She then encourages her friend to join in.

Despite its apparent good intentions, text in the video alleges that the video's producers had to change location twice because they were "disturbing the peace" with their hugs.

"It's getting better. It really does," the video, which has been viewed by nearly 4 million people, says by way of sign off.

After receiving a huge backlash from the LGBTQ community and supporters on the site, Sina Weibo reversed their decision earlier this week. Gay-themed content, including content like the video above, is still allowed on the platform, and Chinese LGBT activists have chalked up a rare win.


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