It was the Slap Heard Around the World — probably literally. Or, if not around the world, then at least Around the Internet. Around 5 a.m. last Saturday morning — presumably after a hard night of partying for everyone — a man on a train captured this footage of an altercation between 25-year-old Jorge Pena and…everybody.
If you haven’t seen the footage yet, it starts out when a very drunk female named Danay Howard decided to have some fun at Jorge’s expense. Apparently, she’d mistaken the subway train for an insult comedy club, because it was there she chose to entertain her friends by mocking Jorge’s “made in 1990” jacket and the speech impediment that she said makes “you sound stoopit. STOO-PITT.”
But apparently, Howard wasn’t as good at taking insult as giving; when Jorge turned around and quietly called her a “b*tch,” Howard took a swing at him. While it isn’t immediately obvious in the film, she actually hit — or more accurately slashed — him in the back of the head with the classy six-inch stiletto heels she’d taken off just before getting on the train. He ultimately required several stitches for the wound.
Immediately reacting to the sharp pain, Jorge turned around and (as the video poster originally said) “slapped the soul out of her.” A fight ensued, during which time Jorge was further attacked by males on the train, along with the innocent bystander who tried to break the fight up.
Four people were arrested, including Jorge, who spent four nights in jail before the DA saw the video and dropped the charges against him. Howard was determined to be the aggressor, and currently stands on charges of felony assault and disorderly conduct.
“If you slap somebody — but particularly women — if you slap, put your hands on somebody, you cannot be guaranteed that he’s not going to slap the sh*t out of you…If I slap a man, he has every right to slap me back.”
And that’s really been the focus of discussion here in the post-feminism age. After all, Mama said “keep your hands (and six-inch stilettos) to yourself.” She also said “don’t throw the first punch if you’re not ready for the second.” Good advice for boys and girls alike…and evidently the letter of the law, as well.