Woman is blasted for claiming a STATUE of Shakespeare’s Juliet in Verona is ‘sexually harassed’ by tourists who rub her chest for luck
- A TikTok video showing a statue of Juliet touched in Verona has gone viral
- Posting as @acaciasoren, said Juliet’s dress faded due to sexual harassment
- Many commentators have argued that outrage should be reserved for real women
- Others agreed touching the statue was inappropriate as Juliet was a teenager
A TikTok user has gone viral after claiming a statue was ‘sexually harassed’.
The woman, who posts under the handle @acaciasoren, said tourists behaved inappropriately towards a statue of Juliet, from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which stands in a courtyard in Verona, where the play is set .
Superstitious tourists and locals rub the breast of the statue, believing it will bring good luck.
The TikTok user was ridiculed by the video, with people pointing out that the statue is “not a real woman” and that she should save her energy for real cases of sexual harassment.
Social media users have been divided after a TikToker claimed the tradition of touching the Juliet statue in Verona (pictured) was ‘sexual harassment’
The TikTok video captioned “#JusticeForJuliet” has racked up over a million views.
Speaking in the clip, the poster said: “The statue of Juliet has been sexually harassed so often that her dress has literally faded.”
A tourist can be seen eagerly snapping a photo of themselves touching Juliet’s chest in hopes of luck in the short video.
The video was flooded with comments from people baffled by his views.
One person said: “It’s literally a statue of a fictional character who will care about real women with real emotions.”
Another wrote: ‘You all put this energy into actually helping the victims of SA [sexual assault] and not a statue.
The TikToker filmed a tourist touching Juliet’s breast in hopes of having a luckier life
Commentators defended the tradition and said outrage should be reserved for real victims of sexual assault
A third commented: “Y’all…he’s an inanimate object…he doesn’t need consent.” It’s disrespectful to the art but the age of the character is irrelevant.
“People touching him probably don’t know his age, y’all are resting,” another added.
However, some have claimed that it was wrong to rub her chest when the character of Juliet is portrayed as a teenager.
Pictured: the bronze statue of Juliet from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Casa di Giulietta, Verona in 2006
A number of commentators agreed with the verdict that it is inappropriate to touch the statue, citing Juliet’s age in the piece.
One person wrote: “It’s so sad. I know it’s just a story, but she was about 13.”
“Yeah when I went none of my family was comfortable we were like no thanks we won’t touch the child statue,” another said.
A third added: “1. She’s a child 2. In the play when it was originally performed they used a little boy to play Juliet. So uhhh.