At Toronto’s Dundas Square, a blindfolded man stood standing with his arms outstretched while two signs were laid near his feet. They read, “I am a Muslim. I am labelled as a terrorist. I trust you. Do you trust me? Give me a hug.”
Now here’s the big question: Would you stop and hug him?
The hordes of people who passed by curiously looking at the man had no idea they were all part of a social experiment, started by Muslim college student Assma Galuta. She teamed up with production company Time Vision to see exactly how many people would be willing to embrace their religious subject in the wake of rising Islamophobia in parts of Europe and North America.
“The purpose of the blindfold was for him to give complete trust. To show Canadian society that he feels like he’s a part of the community,” Galuta explained to the Huffington Post. “Blindfolded, anyone could harm him or feel very angered.”
But instead, what followed was a heartwarming montage of arms-wide-open hugs. At one point, there even seemed to be a small lineup forming.
Check it out for yourself above.