Man earns nickname of 'Permit Model' for interrupting black women's photo shoot

Man intrudes on a photo shoot. (Photo: Twitter)
Man intrudes on a photo shoot. (Photo: Twitter)

Move over Permit Patty, BBQ Becky, and Pool Patrol Peter and Paula. There’s a new video of a public act of incivility about to go viral. Some of the women in the video even got a head start, labeling their antagonist “Permit Model.”

The video begins in the middle of an argument between a white man and a group of black women working on a photo shoot. The man stands behind the women, making sure that he’ll feature in their photos. He seems to want them to stop photographing in the location, which appears to be either a sidewalk or a parking lot in front of an iron gate. At some point before the video begins, the two parties must have started to dispute whose property they were on and whether they had a right to shoot.

“Guys, this is Permit Model. He is blocking our model while we are trying to shoot,” says the woman behind the camera.

The video was shared Friday by Twitter user Brother Tyrone X, but it’s not clear who actually shot the footage.

“Can you go get your paperwork, sir? We don’t believe you,” says the camerawoman.

“I don’t care whether you’re trespassing,” he replies, confusing matters.

“This is my property, so I’m asking you to leave,” says another woman, off camera.

“I’m just going to be in your pictures,” he responds.

“That’s fine, it can be a group shot,” says a woman.

The conversation grows more tense when the camerawoman brings up the case of Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, who has been charged with manslaughter for walking into the apartment of a black man from Saint Lucia, Botham Jean, earlier this month, and shooting him fatally, reportedly saying that she thought it was her own apartment.

“Are you saying that just because I’m white?” the man replies.

“I’m saying that just because you’re getting goofy,” she answers.

The women appear to bring the confrontation to an end by moving their shoot into the street.

On Twitter, a poster called Brother Tyrone X casts doubt on the man’s assertion that he owned the property, theorizing that if this were true, he would have called the police rather than simply standing there.

It’s worth noting that sidewalks and any area between the sidewalk and the road are considered public property in most states. In the state of Texas, where the people in the video may reside (based on the man’s Beto O’Rourke pin), the law states that public right-of-way includes not only a street or roadway, but also sidewalks within the right-of-way.

Some commenters responded that they wished they could have been there to help the women out.

Some said they hoped the man could eventually be identified, to face the consequences that other protagonists of these viral videos have experienced after trying to prevent black people from simply existing in public spaces.

“What’s his name please?” asked @BlackPowerAndE1. “What street was this? Our Black CIA can work!”

@dijoni wrote, “This is what you call white privilege.”

Given how we’ve seen these stories play out, as well as similar instances that have not been caught on camera, one viewer predicted what the man’s own excuse for his behavior would be.

“I can’t wait to see his apology,” wrote @nightbringer66. “I’m pretty sure [it] is going to go something like anger get the best of me thought they were really trespassing just wanted to be in the photo bull**** he’s a racist and we know it.”

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