Have you ever been walking down the street, lost in thought, when all of a sudden a man shouts out to you, “Smile”? He thinks it’s charming, or a nice thing to say, but on the contrary this type of catcalling can be disarming and is even considered by many as “gender based street harassment”.
It’s this type of experience that inspired comedian Rebecca Blaine Carton and Hollaback!, the global movement to end harassment, to create this hilarious video to show what women are really thinking when told to “smile.”
“I’ve had so many men walk by me on the streets and command me to smile, as if I have been literally put on this Earth to walk by this particular man at this particular time and smile for him just to lighten up his day,” Rebecca explains in an interview with Bustle. The video “is an exploration for me of how many different thoughts and opinions and emotions I have surrounding this issue… “For the men who tell women to smile, I’d like to say: STOP!”
More about Rebecca
Rebecca Blaine Carton is a producer, writer and actor in New York City. She wrote, produced and starred in the short indie film “Introducing Parker Dowd” with Lewis Black and currently writes, produces and acts in the web series “Living Thru The Lens”. She is a proud member of the acting troupe, Only Make Believe: a nonprofit founded by Broadway producer Dena Hammerstein, which sends actors into children’s hospitals and care facilities to perform interactive theatre. Rebecca was born and raised in Austin, TX and currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband, dog and cat. You can follow Rebecca on Twitter.
More about Hollaback!
Hollaback! is a global movement to end harassment powered by a network of grassroots activists. They work to help others to understand harassment, ignite public conversations, and develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces. “We envision a world where all people have the freedom to move through public space, participate in civic life, and reach their full potential.”