Perth Woolies Buyer’s Stilt Stunt on TikTok Sparks Backlash: Video
All Demi Skinner had wanted to do was share a “random” video she had made online – but it infuriated people for some surprising reason.
Australian supermarkets are famous for their unusual sightings – of a snake hidden among spice jars to shoppers without shoes shocking expats.
But it’s safe to say that guests at a Perth Woolworths would have had quite a surprise when they spotted Demi Skinner walking down the aisles of the supermarket on stilts.
Demi, who has been a trained circus artist for over a decade, shared a video of the stunt on TikTok where it has been viewed over 3.6 million times.
She told news.com.au that the video was shot in January last year at Cockburn Gateway Shopping City in Perth and randomly posted it on Monday.
But despite the video’s slight intention, it sparked an odd reaction from some viewers, who accused the circus performer and the disabled worker of putting people at risk from the stunt.
The video showed Demi walking through the store’s meat and pantry aisles, leaning over so she could pass the supermarket information board.
The circus performer explained in the caption that she “accidentally scared children shopping there (sic) daddy” as she turned around the corner.
The children smiled and seemed surprised to see Demi on the stilts, as the man with them waved to her.
Viewers were divided over the video, with many saying it was harmless enjoyment, while others argued it was “unnecessary.”
“If I saw this in the store I would be so happy,” wrote one viewer.
“It’s so weird and unnecessary to do it in a store,” another person said.
“How is that allowed,” commented another.
But others have defended Demi, saying it was strange to see people so “triggered” by the video given that she was a skilled performer.
“I don’t know why people are so hateful or upset about this. It would entertain me if I saw you, ”said one of them.
Demi told news.com.au that she was hired for two weeks of promotional work and was “cleared” to walk on stilts around the mall for an hour after her shift and to film TikToks.
She has also filmed and shared TikToks of similar stunts in other stores in the past.
“I was allowed to be there, I have all my liability insurance,” she said.
“No employee was in danger, no one was in danger. I have been walking on stilts for over 10 years, nothing was going to go wrong.
While “any reaction is sort of a good reaction in the social media world,” Demi said she had people duet with the video and made fun of her.
“A lot of them kind of intimidate me, saying I’m a nutcase and it’s so unnecessary I just want attention and this and that,” she said.
But Demi said she was determined not to let the backlash stop her from sharing more TikToks like this on her account in the future, where the 24-year-old has 3.4 million followers.
“Definitely not, I hope that could get another mall to see it and give me permission to come and film in their store because I want to film more stuff in public,” she said.
“I love seeing people’s reactions… kids love it. ”