It has come to my attention that the video featuring a woman throwing her shoes at a car (of the person recording the video, Ann) over parking spot became a hot topic. (Why would you even throw a shoe? To feel savage?) I feel like providing my insight regarding this viral scene, so please, bear with me. A fellow writer has covered the scene in the form of article, and here’s the video that backs the article:
As a disclaimer, I have no intention on harming anyone involved, and neither do I claim to be a better person than this lady who threw her shoes.
I agree with one of the comments the article received. This one in particular:
I read that there are many others who agree with the comment, and I just wanna say: THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
I personally agree that we have always identified each other of different races. I feel like that’s okay, you know? I’m neutral about it, it’s not always bad, not always wrong. Lately, with the racial tension that has increased greatly, it feels like it will only add fuel to the fire that is already burning. Especially when we use it for news where we might end up associating a certain race to certain negative traits.
This one in particular implies Malays being racist towards Chinese, Malays being naturally mean, and Malays being uncivilised.
Personally, yeah, I agree, some of us are terrible. But that’s the same with every other race. That’s the same with every other religion. It isn’t just Malays.
At the same time, we cannot assume that the family in the video is a Malay family. They could be people of another race too! (You know, all the indigenous races we have in Malaysia? Remember we aren’t just three races?)
But what gets to me is the fact that thishappened in the month of Ramadhan. I noticed that people honk a little more since the start of this month, people are less likely to give others way during peak hours. I understand, we’re all hungry for food after work… And rushing either home or to meet your friends for buka puasa. But doesn’t that mean we should take the initiative to always be ready? Pack up a little snack before we start driving. No one’s going to judge you for packing food, it’s not like you’re going to be eating in the public’s eye.
I cringed when I saw her pointing her middle finger at the person who recorded the video.
Like, have some grace, lady. And patience. Wouldn’t kill to have some, right?
I can’t believe the way her family seemed to just let her do as she liked! If I had done exactly what she did, my parents would have smacked me! Mentally, at least! And I would thank them for that, because then I wouldn’t be known as a rude person. Regardless, we can also assume that they may or may not reprimand her after. Maybe she felt generous and decided to throw her shoes at the original poster… We may never know.
Maybe she acted that way because she never knew kindness. Sad to think of it in that way, no?
However, let us use her as a lesson. Let us not be so rude and unkind during the holy month of Ramadhan, if we are aware of what is kindness. I don’t want to use fasting as an excuse to be a disrespectful person. In fact, that shouldn’t even be an excuse. If it’s hard to fast from food and drinks, then fast from saying harsh words, cool yourself from possible anger. It is a personal obligation to God. Donate to those who need the money and food more if you find it hard to fast.
May this month be a month of reflection and detox. Both for our body and soul.
I sure do hope she got a new pair of shoes, too.