UPDATE May 7, 2016: Looks like they’ve removed the video. I should have downloaded and saved it, but alas, it is gone.
I’ve watched this new #MasRespeto campaign promo put out by SIR y CTCC today several times and I’m still not sure it is supposed to be as funny as it is.
Watch this and see:
At first I didn’t realize she was pregnant, so I was a bit confused at what the guy was doing at first. Was he taking a picture of her chest? No, he was taking a selfie with her pregnant belly. Wait, WHAT?
Is taking a picture next to a pregnant belly a thing in Cuenca or just on the buses here? Whatever it is, it is NOT #MasRespeto!
Before realizing that she was pregnant, I knew whatever he was doing was inappropriate, but then why is no one else reacting to them? Actually, that’s not true, the girl behind them has a big smile on her face for a second.
So I know there has been a very successful push to reserve the front seats for pregnant women, people with disabilities, or people of tercera edad and to establish the custom of offering any seat to them should the front ones be taken already. There has also been a more recent campaign to address inappropriate behavior against women on the Cuenca buses. For example:
To be honest, as much as I’ve ridden the bus, I’ve seen some inappropriate behavior in the form of young people not giving up their seats to older people, but I’ve rarely if ever seen a man ‘overtly’ doing pervy and inappropriate things without people around reacting in some way. That’s not to say it doesn’t happen, just that I’ve not directly seen something like that.
I’ve seen drunks get in a bus and start bothering people, but almost every time, someone has stepped forward and told him not to bother people, help him to the exit, and put him off the bus.
Anyway, I thought you might also appreciate this Cuenca bus video. It made me laugh out loud for real.
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