A man in New York has a problem: He doesn’t know if he can continue seeing his girlfriend of a year and a half.
He’s shared his problem with the world via the photographer behind Humans of New York. For the uninitiated, it’s a page with millions of followers that shares inspiring and powerful stories of resident New Yorkers. Only this time, a man has found himself feeling the wrath of the internet.
“At first I told myself I could get past it. I said, ‘Let’s just see how it goes’,” the man, who remains unidentified for obvious reasons, begins explaining.
“We had excellent dates. Everything else about her was exactly what I wanted. I didn’t want to ruin something good for that one little reason,” he goes on, drawing us into the relationship he says has lasted a year and a half.
Is it ever, ever acceptable to comment on someone’s weight?
“I feel horrible, but I just can’t get past it. And I feel like a bad person for being bothered by it.”
Suddenly, you’re feeling bad for him. What is this ‘thing’ that he just can’t get past? He obviously cares. He sounds so tormented. It must be… really bad?
“I can’t bring myself to tell her,” he goes on relentlessly. “We’re going to couple’s therapy next week, but I still don’t think I’ll be able to say it.”
‘What?’ you are thinking. WHAT could possibly bring someone such a level of angst and uncertainty?
“Is there any right way to ask someone to lose weight for you?” the man concludes.