Folks online are blasting a new cruel practice in which nail salons trap live ants inside manicures for "fashion."
Okay, most of use have killed quite a few ants within our lifetimes, whether we meant to or not. While ants can be a pest and a nuisance, they are still entitled to a certain level of dignity and respect inherent in all living creatures. This is why parents may get upset to learn their children are doing things like burning ants. There's a moral compass within us that tells us doing such sadistic things is just wrong. It may not necessarily be the act itself that's so bothersome as it represents a moral decline in a person's character. After all, many serial killers start off hurting animals and insects.
This takes us to a TikTok trend that's had a lot of folks pretty upset. Last year, a Russian nail salon posted a video debuting it's newest acrylic nails that used live captured ants to make a fashion statement. In the video, uploaded by TikTok user nail_sunny, you can see tiny black ants frantically crawling inside what's best described as transparent coffins in the shape of fingernails. The nail tech first places a clear piece of acrylic just below her client's curled nails. Then she takes a tweezer, and hunts, pick up a few live ants from the ground outside and drops them in a tiny pocket within each nail. After the nails are sealed, you can see the tiny little insects frantically trying to escape as the woman shows off her "proud" new fashion statement.
However, it's unlikely the uploader expected the type of response she received after uploading her horrific video, even though she claimed that no living creatures were harmed while making her video.
"No animals were harmed during the making of this video' 🐜🐜🐜 ants in the nails - YAY OR NAY? What happened with ants? Look at the next video !!!!! They are breathing!!!!!," it read.
Nevertheless, the process was slammed by thousands of users who absolutely condemned the nail artist for this barbaric practice.
"Whether they are breathing or not, who Tf gave you the right to just pick them up out of nature and trap them on someone's fingers? This is absolutely cruel! Whether it kills them or not. I never even knew about your shop until today. Now that I do, i'm not going to become a customer. And will advise others against it, also," wrote one user.
"NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED? WTF! YOU PUT THEM INSIDE A TINY F*CKING SPACE TAKING AWAY THEIR FUCKING FREEDOM WHILE MAKING THEM INHALE FUCKING TOXIC SHIT FROM YOUR NAIL PRODUCTS!!! THIS IS SO FUCKING CRUEL! SICK SICK SICK," expressed another.
"No harm done??? Next video their breathing! Ugh! Yeah but not for long!!!! Disgusting and inhumane!!!!!," shared one user while an ant lover said, "I am an antkeeper and I have grown to love ants. You have no right to do that!"
After the torrent of backlash, the nail technician posted a follow-up video claiming that the ants were returned to nature, unharmed.
"KeeP calm, We left them to breathe🐜🐜🐜, they wrote. continued the rest of the translated post. The ants in the @nail_sunny tutorial are still alive! People don't go crazy. We are not animal killers, please watch the video to the end. And I have a question for you: when you walk down the street and crush ants with your shoes - are you not killers??"
However, another Instagram user had a ready response to their question, when he wrote:
"When you walk down the street and push ants with shoes - you're not murderers? There's a difference between walking outside while unintentionally killing tiny ass ants in the process and intentionally putting them in nails. Another expressed: Just learned of this, which's one of the most repulsing things I've ever seen. Yes, they can breathe, but for how long? How about food? And the incredibly complex social structure and behavior of these insects? You imbeciles. Thankfully, no one tried to replicate this look and harass the poor insects in the process."
There are folk who are just natural bullies and see nothing wrong with harassing and torturing living creatures, these folks often lack empathy for other humans as well, and as a society, it's only right that we call out their destructive behavior if for no other reason to shame others enough from following in their footsteps. You can also watch a news report about this story in the video below.