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Is it sexual harassment to leave an eggplant emoji on someone’s Instagram?

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In a recent Instagram video, model and actor Christian Keyes recently posted a video specifically asking “gentlemen” to respect his truth by not leaving eggplant emojis, sexual comments and comments like “Hey sexy,” “What’s up?” and “What’s good?” on his Instagram posts.

“I got nothing but love for all other brothers and sisters in the gay community,” he explained before stating, “No one need to be harassing nobody and doing all of that, man. It’s too much. It’s too aggressive.”

Which raises the question: Are eggplant emojis and comments like “Hey sexy” really a form of sexual harassment?

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If I respect your truth… Respect mine…

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One could argue that such comments are a form of harassment only if a person specifically asks other not to make them.

But considering how Instagram works, it’s entirely possible that a user could always stumble onto Keyes’ account without seeing his video, and then leave a come-on without realizing that he’d specifically asked people not to do that.

Also, Keyes occasionally posts images of himself in sleeveless shirts, shirtless or just generally looking hunky — he’s a model after all. Most of his Instagram pics are memes and pics of him in modest clothes, but among them are images like these:

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Y'all wrong for this….? No we do not!! ?? #FBF

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Posting such images doesn’t mean that he deserves harassment or is “asking for it.” It just means that physical attraction is part of what gets models and actors work, and so it follows that some people will react by leaving thirsty-as-h*ll comments on models’ and actors’ Instagram pics.

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It’s unclear whether Keyes feels its “harassing” to get come-ons from women or if he only feels that way when they come from men.

As such, we question whether Keyes has a point, whether gay and bi men should be less thirsty in Instagram comments, whether he should just take these comments as compliments or, if it really bothers him, whether he should just not read the comments.

But what do you think?