A man in Canada was reportedly fired from his job at a hair salon after a video went viral that appeared to capture him kicking a protester at an anti-abortion rally over the weekend.
The video—which has been seen more than half a million times and, at the time of writing, sits in the YouTube trending section—reportedly captures Marie-Claire Bissonnette, an anti-abortion activist, being kicked by a man during a rally. In an article on an anti-abortion website, Bissonnette writes she was at an protest called Life Chain in downtown Toronto on Sunday in the early afternoon when the man in question showed up.
According to Bissonnette, the man took out two markers and started scribbling on people's signs to block out the writing. She says she told people to protect their signs, and when she did, the man drew on the backs of the protestors before turning to confront her. Then she started filming.
After realizing that he's being filmed, the man starts asking Bissonnette whether or not she thinks a woman who was raped should have the option of having an abortion. Bissonnette responds by saying, "it's a baby," and tries to expand on her answer. That's when the man, dressed in a purple hoodie and a pentagram necklace, enters a stance that can only be described as Power Ranger-y. He crouches down, twists his upper body back, brings his arms up, and sticks out his tongue—unleashing a roundhouse kick that sends the phone flying.
"I meant to kick the phone," the man says repeatedly as people start yelling. Bissonnette writes that another protestor called 911 and the man fled—but not before yanking off an anti-abortion ribbon she was wearing.
"I did not see it coming. I didn’t anticipate any violence," Bissonnette told Global News. “As soon as he kicked me, the only thing I could think of was to get the police, make sure someone calls the police."
The police arrived within ten minutes, Bissonnette writes, but they apparently weren’t very helpful, reportedly asking, "What do you want us to do about it?" after she showed them the video. She says she now plans to file a complaint.
After the video went viral, a massive online movement sought to find the man's identity, mostly made up of right-wing figureheads like Laura Ingraham, who tweeted out: “Let’s find this slime.” Late on Wednesday, they got their answer when Noble Studio 101 hair salon released a statement naming the kicker as Jordan Hunt, announcing that he had been fired.
“We don’t condone his actions and he has been let go,” the statement reads. “We believe that everyone has a right to an opinion and the right to voice their opinion without fear of physical violence.”
Noble Studio 101 has since deleted an artist profile of Hunt from its website.
On Wednesday, a combative Twitter account under Hunt's name popped up with many angry conservatives challenging the user to fight, but there's a chance the account is fake. On Tuesday, the same account had been tweeting under the handle @BLUEWAV94011533, but then changed to @jordan_hunt18, using a publicly available photo of him as the avatar. Since changing its name, Hunt's supposed account has been comparing the kicker to civil rights heroes or telling users to fuck off in myriad ways.
“I will NOT apologize for defending women’s right to choose. Even to a woman. #TheResistance,” reads one tweet, that's since been ratioed into oblivion.
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This article originally appeared on VICE CA.