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What Does The Bear Mean on TikTok?

Comments like “The bear” and “I choose the bear” went viral on TikTok.

However, these comments can be confusing without any context.

The comment is actually part of a larger debate that is going around social media.

The question goes like this, “Would you rather be stuck in the woods with a man or a bear?”.

In this article, you’ll learn what does choosing the bear mean on TikTok (the bear vs man in the woods debate), meme, and its origin.

What does The Bear mean on TikTok?


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The Bear on TikTok refers to a hypothetical question with a choice of being stuck in the woods with a man or a bear.

The question goes like this, “Would you rather be stuck in the woods with a man or a bear?”.

On social media platforms like TikTok and 𝕏, the majority of women picked a bear over a man.

This sparked multiple debates on social media with multiple videos getting over a million views on TikTok.

On TikTok, @screenshothq uploaded a video of an interviewer asking women that exact question.

All of the women in the video picked the bear and it got over 1 million views and more than 15k comments.

Some of the comments include “A bear because the worst thing a bear can do is kill me”.

“A bear won’t blame my clothes for his actions” and “There’s a much bigger chance that the bear just leaves me alone so definitely the bear”.

There are multiple variants of this question, one of them being “Would you rather leave your daughter alone with a man or a bear”.

Another variant, which is intended to mock the original question is “Would you rather share your feelings with a tree or a woman?”.

The Bear vs Man in the woods origin


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The origin of the Man vs Bear debate was started by a comment by @user2828263738 on TikTok.

The user commented on a video by @callmebkbk, who is a TikToker known for “Anti-misogyny educational content”.

In the video, @callmebkk responded to the comment with a statement saying that “Seeing a man in the woods is 10 times scarier than seeing a bear”.

The user responded to the video again saying “No, seeing a man in the woods is not scarier than seeing a bear for so many reasons”.

In another video, @callmebkbk responded to the comment with a hypothetical situation of a girl being pushed into a van.

In the video, he implied that a woman dying from a bear attack is better than facing a man in the woods not knowing what he’ll do to her.

Although bears are generally not aggressive, their behavior can be unpredictable, and attacks can lead to death.

However, death is not guaranteed from a bear attack as a maul victim could sustain permanent disfigurement and disability instead.

Because most women responded that they would rather choose a bear over a man, it sparked debates on social media.

Some people mentioned that the man in the woods could be a hiker with basic empathy and survival skills needed to save the woman.

Others implicated that all men are bad and none of them should be trusted—which is why they chose the bear.

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