The video recently went viral on TikTok recently and has touched the hearts of millions.
A kind gesture can go a long way and can mean a lot to a person who is going through a difficult time. Thus, a young man battling cancer was moved to tears after his colleague, a barber, shaved off his own hair in a show of solidarity. The heartwarming moment was filmed and uploaded on TikTok, where it went viral after being viewed over 9.3 million times since being posted last week. The video features Neftali Martin and Joel Ortega, both of whom are co-workers at the Lords and Barbers barbershop in Alicante, Spain. The short clip begins with Martin gearing up to get his head shaved completely due to his cancer treatment, which is typical for any patient undergoing chemotherapy as hair loss is a common side effect of it.
Martin does his best to be brave as Ortega starts working around his head with a hair clipper. But he is soon left stunned when he sees his friend suddenly take the device and start shaving his own head without hesitation. As realization hits, Martin lets out a small gasp and becomes emotional after his colleague's warm gesture. "'You are not alone.' Those were the words of my great friend and co-worker, immediately afterward, he shaved his head telling me that until I grew back he would continue shaving with me," wrote Martin on his Instagram.
"For those who do not know him, [Ortega] is not just a co-worker, for me a brother. I love you, bro," he continued. It's no surprise that the video struck a chord with everyone who viewed the video all across the world. Among millions of viewers, there were many who admired the friendship of the two and praised Ortega for being so considerate about his friend's condition. However, the very same video sparked an intense debate on Reddit where users argued the intentions of filming this gesture. User NyJosh noted: "If it was the barber that filmed it, it’s a pretty shi**y way to get internet points on someone else's misery." Echoing a similar sentiment, AlexMaldini shared: "It's a somewhat unpopular opinion but good deeds shouldn't be broadcasted."
There were some who weighed both intentions but found the video inspiring. If their intention was internet points, then yes it's shitty... If their intention was to share a wholesome moment that brings joy to people and inspire others, not to mention letting a person going through a tough time that they aren't alone, it's a damn good thing and I'm glad to have seen it. Now if you'll excuse me, this man just inspired me to go buy a book for my work book drive, so I can hopefully pay that smile forward, wrote u/CmndrPopNFresh. Meanwhile, user Bun_Bunz explained how this video deserved all the love it was getting. Seeing people do good things inspires others to do good. It also boosts the moral of those who see it. So while I somewhat agree and do understand where you are coming from, I respectfully disagree. Doesn't matter the intention of the person sharing, it's what it inspires that matters, they shared.
There were some who noted that shaving off his hair was not "some big sacrifice for a video" but user Scarran6 shared their own experience and explained why this gesture was so important. I have terminal cancer. I went through chemo and [radiation] last year. This is an amazing show of support for someone starting this long-ass journey. It's difficult starting treatments and feeling like no one is there for you or can even understand your situation. I can see why you (someone who doesn't have cancer) might not understand the gesture, but this clearly meant a lot for him. The impending doom is already enough to surmount. I would have been touched if my barber did this for me and would have lifted my spirits going into radiation. I hope you can understand how encouraging this might be even if it wasn't a major sacrifice, they wrote.