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‘Man on swing’ video divides the internet – it’s ‘the dress’ all over again

Which way is he swinging? (TikTok/ @ectupper)
Every so often the internet throws up a seemingly innocuous piece of content that spirals out of all control when people can’t agree on it.

First there was ‘the dress’ and then there was the ‘Laurel or Yanny’ debate and now it seems we’re divided again. This time over a bloke on a swing in the snow.

Specifically, whether he is facing towards the camera or away from it.

On December 21, a video was posted to TikTok showing the man on a swing in the snow. He’s some way off from the camera so it’s difficult to focus on much of his body.

The video was picked up and circulated on Twitter as baffled viewers tried to figure out whether or not the swinger was facing towards the camera or towards the building.

At the time of writing, the Twitter video has had over 10,000,000 views and been retweeted over 20,000 times.

Keep on swinging, my man (TikTok / @ectupper)

Im losing my mind can someone tell me which way he’s facing pic.twitter.com/gIvID..

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Video of a man on a swing is dividing the internet and it's 'the dress' all over again
Which way is he swinging? (TikTok/ @ectupper)

Every so often the internet throws up a seemingly innocuous piece of content that spirals out of all control when people can’t agree on it.

First there was ‘the dress’ and then there was the ‘Laurel or Yanny’ debate and now it seems we’re divided again. This time over a bloke on a swing in the snow.

Specifically, whether he is facing towards the camera or away from it.


On December 21, a video was posted to TikTok showing the man on a swing in the snow. He’s some way off from the camera so it’s difficult to focus on much of his body.

The video was picked up and circulated on Twitter as baffled viewers tried to figure out whether or not the swinger was facing towards the camera or towards the building.

At the time of writing, the Twitter video has had over 10,000,000 views and been retweeted over 20,000 times.

Keep on swinging, my man (TikTok)
Keep on swinging, my man (TikTok / @ectupper)

Im losing my mind can someone tell me which way he’s facing pic.twitter.com/gIvIDzRkOd

— Ana (@esnycuddles) December 21, 2019

In the video audio, friends can be heard debating which way the man was swinging.

‘[His] back legs are bent this way! His feet are bent straight out!’ one said. ‘I bet you $500 cash right now,’ another can be heard arguing.

Viewers seemed split down the middle and waded in with ‘proof’ of how the swinger was facing one way or the other.

I literally thought the same thing until I saw these pictures pic.twitter.com/39vNntZJ5F

— Ana (@esnycuddles) December 22, 2019

WHAT NO HES FACING THE BUILDING

— Magin🐧 (@ohmagin) December 22, 2019

pic.twitter.com/rOmKFipMsH

— Tori Sauer (@tsauer13) December 22, 2019

However, one argument seems to make sense, which is that the swing bar covers his face at one point in the video – something that couldn’t happen if he was facing away from the camera.

He's facing the camera and here is the only proof needed pic.twitter.com/T9edzoVsBA

— Niemand mag Pizza Hawaii (@MeddlLoidee) December 22, 2019

That’s a good enough explanation for us but there’s plenty out there who aren’t convinced.

No dude, it's literally possible to see it both ways, it's not clear that they're doing either.

— Riot Sama (@Riot_Sama) December 23, 2019

Which side of the debate do you swing?


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