Clementine Ford slams man for stealing a woman’s moment after he proposed at her uni graduation ceremony | Daily News Byte

Clementine Ford slams man for stealing a woman’s moment after he proposed at her uni graduation ceremony

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Boyfriend slammed for ‘stealing his girlfriend’s moment’ in shocking act at her graduation ceremony – as university forced to issue strong apology

  • The video shows the man proposing at a La Trobe University graduation ceremony
  • The woman had just received her degree when her partner stopped her from the stage
  • Feminist Clementine Ford says the proposal is not romantic but ‘trapping’
  • Ford said the man stole the woman’s success and made it all about her
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An Australian man has been criticized for making his girlfriend’s graduation ceremony ‘all about him’ by publicly proposing as she received her degree – with a backlash even forcing the university to apologise.

Outspoken feminist commentator Clementine Ford criticized the wannabe fiance for ‘making it all about her’ after video emerged of the moment at a recent graduation ceremony at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

The man is heard telling his girlfriend to ‘stay here… I love you with all my heart’ before getting down on one knee and proposing to her.

But the sweet moment did not impress Ms Ford, who branded the gesture ‘entrapment’ in a Facebook video on Friday.

He sarcastically said that the proposal would remind the woman that her achievements would never compete with ‘the greatest achievement of all – landing a man and a ring’.

Clementine Ford slams man for stealing a woman’s moment after he proposed at her uni graduation ceremony

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The man was seen stopping the woman, who had just finished her degree, from leaving the stage before getting down on one knee and proposing.

Clementine Ford (left) has slammed a man for ‘stealing a girl’s moment’ after a video surfaced of him proposing to his girlfriend while on stage at her university graduation ceremony (right)

She called on men to stop making women empowerment moments about them and let women be ‘smart without you’.

‘Stop stealing women’s moments from them. They don’t belong to you. They are not yours,’ Ms Ford said.

That’s his moment, he’s a graduate. We do not know under what conditions he entered the university, we do not know how difficult it was for him, but he did it on his own.

‘Why do men look at situations where women have achieved something for themselves, where they are about to receive praise and admiration… and they think, “you know what? Will I will make this moment about me. I will make him remember, always, that the day he graduated was the day I proposed to him. That was the most important thing that happened to him that day.”

He also called out audience members who clapped during the proposal, saying they were indulging in ‘shows of ownership’.

The outspoken feminist author said the gesture was not romantic but 'attractive' and said the moment became about 'the greatest achievement of all - landing a man and a ring'

The outspoken feminist author said the gesture was not romantic but ‘attractive’ and said the moment became about ‘the greatest achievement of all – landing a man and a ring’

La Trobe University responded to the backlash and has since removed the video and apologized for its error of judgment.

‘We made an error of judgment today,’ the university commented on Ms Ford’s Facebook post.

Poll

Do you agree with Clementine Ford?

  • Yes! The man stole the woman’s moment 386 votes
  • Nope. The proposal was romantic 135 votes

‘Our graduation ceremonies are about celebrating student achievement, and this event detracts from the important recognition of our students’ achievement.’

Ms Ford’s video has garnered more than 1,300 comments, with many users outraged by the public proposal.

‘This makes me angry!!!! I worked my ass off to get my degree and if my partner did this he would be enraged. And the relationship is over,’ one user wrote.

‘It makes me irrationally angry, especially for him. I hope he goes on to get his doctorate, be successful, make a lot of money, and end up in his mom’s basement,’ commented another.

A third chimed in: ‘Watching men pull this sort of thing makes me angry. They are so threatened by a woman’s accomplishments, they feel the need to photobomb that moment. It’s weak and it’s pathetic.’

La Trobe University has since removed the video from its TikTok account and apologized for its 'error of judgement'

La Trobe University has since removed the video from its TikTok account and apologized for its ‘error of judgement’

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