Video of a Black Man Walking a White Woman on a Leash Sparks Intense Debate on Race and BDSM

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Video of a Black Man Walking a White Woman on a Leash Sparks Intense Debate on Race and BDSM

Some believe it was a consensual stunt while others made racist assumptions.

Published June 12, 2017

A viral video of what looks to be a boyfriend leading around his muzzled girlfriend on a leash has resulted in an extremely divisive online debate. 

  1. In the clip, a white woman in heels and a dress is led around a grocery story by a man who happens to be Black. The unknown couple was taped by an anonymous shopper who called the incident “humiliating” at one point. 

  2. The video was shared on YouTube, where it received many different responses, from people who believed it was a prank because neither of them had a shopping cart or basket to some calling it a BDSM fetish. Some even made the assumption that he was a pimp parading her around to be embarrassed. 

  3. The clip first received many race-centered comments from people who assumed this man was a pimp and the woman was a victim
  4. Those familiar with dominant and submissive dynamics in the BDSM world quickly suggested this video was nothing more than two people getting off on a fetish
  5. While others believed it was a prank video made to get the very reactions it received

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: SpVVK/Getty Images)

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