A woman who shared a picture of her ‘fine’ dermatologist got herself in hot water when the tweet went viral.
A hairdresser from Clinton, Maryland, who is known as Purple Godesss on Twitter, made waves when she shared a picture of her dermatologist on Twitter on March 28.
Purple Godesss uploaded a picture of the practitioner but in the shot, the man doesn’t seem to be aware he’s being photographed, which led many to believe that the picture had been taken and shared online without his consent.
The now-deleted thread was seen more than 1.6 million times and gathered more than 900,000 interactions, according to Twitter, with some accusing the woman who posted the image of ‘sexual harassment’ – while the dermatologist himself has spoken out to admit that the sudden surge of social media attention gave him ‘anxiety’.
A photo of an unnamed dermatologist, seemingly taken without his knowledge then shared by a client, who goes by the Twitter name Purple Goddess, prompted serious debate online
The woman shared the image on her Twitter account, along with the dermatologist’s details, and others then began trying to track him down online
Some users said there was nothing wrong with sharing the picture, as the woman was paying the man a compliment, but others felt very strongly that it was a form of sexual harassment
Describing himself to Bored Panda as a ‘very low key individual’, Dr. Imran Aslam, who was identified by the the site, admitted that he ‘was kind of freaking out’ when he realized he was trending on Twitter.
The photo was also not the only thing that Dr. Aslam’s client shared; despite facing initial criticism for posting his photo, PurpleGoddess then doubled-down by posting a photo of his business card, revealing his contact information and the location of his practice.
‘For everyone that’s asking me for his location! You’re welcome,’ she wrote – having already encouraged interested users to track down his social media accounts.
Unsurprisingly, her decision to share Dr. Aslam’s personal information – having already faced fury for posting his photo – saw PurpleGoddess face further outrage on Twitter, with many blasting her as ‘creepy’ and ‘disturbing’.
‘This man was only doing his job and had his photo taken without his consent only to be sexualized by the owner of this account along side other women in the replies,’ one commented.
After the original tweet went viral, PurpleGodesss shared a picture of the dermatologist card, revealing his practice’s location after being sent several requests for more details
‘The toxic trait you’ll openly display is beyond bigotry and purely distasteful and disturbing to say the least,’ the same user added.
‘This is disturbing,’ commented another.
However there were some users who immediately jumped to her defense, insisting that her actions were no different to those who readily post pictures of celebrities that have been taken without their knowledge.
Others noted that she was simply trying to pay Dr. Aslam a compliment – although this argument became slightly less significant after she shared his personal information.
‘Oh please, she only said his fine as hell! And that’s true. Thanks for getting this to my TL,’ argued a commentator who did not see the problem with PurpleGodesss’ thread.
‘Welcome to the way women have been treated and objectified since, well, forever, ‘ another wrote, ‘It’s really just wrong, no matter who’s doing it, especially if the subject is just trying to earn a living.’
‘I find nothing wrong with what she did, the caption is harmless rather she was just an admirer and she made it known to the world. Countless celebrity pictures are taken without their consent, don’t make a big deal out of this harmless tweet,’ agreed another.
Some said taking the picture and uploading it to Twitter was ‘wrong no matter who is doing it,’ while other said the tweet was not threatening
Even the original poster herself hit back at critics, telling them to ‘shut the f*** up.’
Speaking out about the incident himself, Dr. Aslam told Bored Panda that his first reaction to his unlikely online fame was not one of anger or even excitement, but rather ‘pure anxiety’.
‘I am a very low key individual so when I first heard that I was trending on Twitter I was kind of freaking out, like, “Oh my god what is happening,”’ he told the site.
‘I started getting texts from friends all over the country, some of whom I hadn’t spoken to in years, telling me that I’m the top post on Twitter.’