Alleged Racist Attack In Downtown Crossing Stopped By Bystander


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio)—A TikTok dance video shoot in Downtown Crossing went awry when the dancers were harassed by a passerby.

Members of the TikTok dance group Hush Crew, who make videos dancing to K-pop music, were filming one of their videos in Downtown Crossing when a person allegedly approached and harrassed them for wearing masks. WBZ's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) spoke with one of the members of Hush Crew who said the man allegedly then began to yell racist insults at them.

"He started talking about communism, and that's when it hit us," she said. "We realized he was being racist."

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One of the members of the group pulled out her phone to film the interaction as the man got increasingly aggressive, even swiping at the victim's hand while she recorded. That's when Allston resident Brandon Bowser stepped in.

"I was like what the heck is going on," Bowser said. "I'm like 'I see you have a bike, why don't you go for a bike ride and leave these folks alone because it seems like they're just here to dance man.'"

Bowser was able to de-escalate the situation and the Hush Crew members said they were grateful for his intervention. He said it is important for white people to intervene when they see a racist attack happening.

"Attacks on women and attacks on Asians and people of color are a very normal thing in our society and more people need to be speaking up," Bowser said.

WBZ's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) has more.

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