Society gives a big bias on how we look and what impression we give out. It’s so vital that most of the times it dictates how people would treat us, whether they would treat us seriously or dismiss us a joke. A lot of process goes into what someone should wear and how clothing affects a person’s overall aura. Humans are inherently judgmental and we love to judge people based on what meets the eye.
Because of this concept, a lot of cultural and socio-political factors are at play. There’s the saying that one should dress to impress, especially when going to a job interview or meeting with a date. There are now schools that teach people how to dress properly, and behave properly. This is just a reflection of how much we value outer beauty and how much weight it gains on us.
These are all established notions of people’s acceptance, but how does the normal people or the greater public react to someone whose choice of clothing and lifestyle is deviant? Would they understand or would they abhor the person who has a different appearance, a big jump that veers away from the normal and what is considered as status quo?
In a test facilitated by Tukomi Productions, they tried to film how the public would behave when they see a homeless man, covered in grease and dirt at the onset, and how different would it be once they see that he was actually rich, with a nice car and even bodyguards. The results were very fascinating, indeed. The video spans different scenarios, in different locations, involving different people in varying social class to see how they would react to the test.
People were very adamant at the onset. Seeing a ragged man, clothed in dirty apparel and face smudged with grease and mud. They tried to ignore him generally, but the looks on their faces, reflect the disgust they feel towards the man. They tried to keep distance and even whispered among themselves.
However, things change once the man was picked up by his bodyguards to onboard his car.
All of them were shocked, and some were even dumbfounded. Others were laughing in fascination and they can’t believe what just happened. Others are perplexed, thinking how on earth does a dumpster man afford a high-class car.
Well, if there’s anything this video teaches us, it’s to not judge too quickly. You’ll never know the surprises that might come.