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People Are Screaming After This Guy Mistakenly Thought The Women's March Was Cheering Him

This is so awkward yet so symbolic of the whole damn protest.

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Meet Frank Lesser and Erin Whitis. He's a comedy writer and she works in advertising. The couple were on their way to Saturday's Women's March in New York City when they saw something pretty damn hilarious.


Just look how happy he is.

Photo courtesy of Frank Lesser

“He was raising his arms and everybody’s cheering,” Lesser told BuzzFeed News. “It really looked to me and my friends like he thought they were cheering for him."


“I don’t want to say the guy himself was so oblivious, but there was no photo manipulation going on,” said Lesser, stressing that he wasn’t “judging” the man on the fire escape.

Photo courtesy of Frank Lesser

He also compared the man’s reaction to the moment when people get embarrassed when they think someone is waving at them, but then realize they’re actually waving at the person behind them.

Lesser tweeted out the series of pictures, calling it "that awkwardly symbolic moment." The tweet immediately went viral.

That awkwardly symbolic moment when you're a dude in your underwear who thinks the Women's March is cheering for yo…

“When I was examining it I was like, ‘I could not have posed this better,’” Lesser said.

And people thought it was freaking hilarious.


Whitis, who works in advertising, told BuzzFeed News she thought it was hilarious to see this all go down at the Women’s March, of all places, and described the incident as “kind of typical.”

Photo courtesy of Frank Lesser

“I don’t think he was doing that intentionally,” Whitis said. “But it’s the perfect example of things that tend to happen quite frequently, and why the Women’s March is so important.”

“I think that’s the underlying message,” Lesser added. “This is a great moment, that everybody’s coming together and supporting these very movements towards equality between the sexes and feminism and the Me Too movement. But there’s an impulse for a lot of guys to be like, ‘No, look at me, look at how I’m approving and supporting all of this.' And I think that tweet sort of encapsulates that."

Krystie Yandoli is an entertainment editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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