A heartbreaking video of a woman named Kourtney confronting her cheating ex-boyfriend has gone viral, and prompted an explosion of emotional reactions on Twitter. User have since dubbed her #HurtBae, and have rallied behind her.
— W.⚡ (@fendzki) February 16, 2017
Seeing men unmoved by a woman breaking down in front of them makes me sick #hurtbae
— Savannah Edmonds (@savannahhe6) February 17, 2017
Only thing I see from #hurtbae is a woman that was more in love with a man than herself.. I been there and I believe a lot of us have
— Brittany J. Burnam (@LiberalArtsDiva) February 16, 2017
— 🖤Gabby (@Classylexy) February 16, 2017
— GECUMI (@Gecumi) February 16, 2017
In the video, Kourtney and her ex, Leonard, sit across from each other and discuss their relationship, from how they met to what went wrong. At one point, Kourtney asks Leonard:
“How many times did you cheat on me?”
“I don’t know. I wasn’t counting.”
!?!? Which means either there were SO MANY he can’t even recall them, or there were SO MANY he’s too ashamed to admit to her.
His reply understandably caused Kourtney to get up and leave for a moment.
The video touches on victim-blaming, asking the question that many judgmental people ask: “Why didn’t you just leave?” While some might argue it’s a legitimate question, its never as simple as that. I think I speak for most when I say, we are human. We are a complicated species. We stay with people know we shouldn’t, all because of emotional attachment. We shouldn’t be so quick to judge, because chances are, when someone says they would’ve just walked away in that situation, the reality is they probably wouldn’t have.
Kourtney replies, “I dunno. I think I was stupid.” There are some who would agree, but the truth is believing someone can treat you better, do better and love you doesn’t make you stupid. Seeing the good in someone doesn’t make you stupid. It makes you human.
And one more thing: I know we all want to hate on him, but I have to give Leonard some credit for willingly putting himself on the chopping block. He actually sits down with Kourtney, and has an honest discussion with her, fully aware that he is being filmed and that this would be on the internet, and that a backlash against him was imminent. To me, that shows that he’s taken responsibility and showing some remorse; the hate he knows he will, and has received from the public is his “punishment.”
Watch the full gut-wrenching exchange below.
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