A video of Ryan Carrington, an out-gay pub owner in Newcastle, UK, showing him defending himself against an attack by a homeless woman, has gone viral.
Carrington kept his cool as the disturbed woman shouted homophobic slurs and threatened him for four L O N G minutes.
The woman continues to hurl abuse at the man, this time pointing her finger in his face saying:
“You’re a gay bod, and you don’t like fuck women, that’s what your fucking problem is.”
(A gay bod? WTF is that? Is that something the homophobic Brits say to insult you. If so, it’s a new one to me…)
After she calls him a “fat faggot” (THAT is universally insulting) Ryan manages to stay calm and says,
The confrontation continued as the woman gets even more aggressive and pushes the Carrington twice, knocking him off balance.
At one point Carrington gets angry and and says lunging,
“Push me again and I will fucking deck you. Stay away from me.”
He puts his hand out to protect himself as the woman continues to aggravate him slaps him as police sirens can be heard in the background.
Police did arrest the woman for the attack.
Carrington wrote sympathetically later,
“This video that someone took was only a fraction of what happened, the reality of what went on was a lot longer. Being a publican I am well aware of the cameras and have to act accordingly, yes my patience was tested, but you have to think of “pity” for this woman.
I doubt it’s the life she would have chosen if she had a choice! Let’s not condemn her, let’s try to help and educate, far more rewarding.”
Ryan’s bf, Justin Carrington, wrote:
“He is my partner I was totally shocked when I watched this he was working in the bar at the time. Nobody goes to work [to] be abused.”
One woman on Facebook said:
“What a stand up guy you are. I don’t think many would of been so calm. What a disgraceful homophobic way to act.”
“A lot of respect for the composure and patience this man showed. These assaults tend to go from 0 to 100 in a flash.”
(Photo, screen grab; via Mirror UK)