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'Domestic Violence Is No Laughing Matter': Couple From Viral 'Nurse Hero' Facebook Post Slammed For 'Funny' Knife Video

17/11/2015 14:44 GMT | Updated 17/11/2015 15:59 GMT
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When Bobby Wesson shared a photo of his wife, calling her a "hero" for her hard work and long hours as a nurse, he melted hearts across the world wide web.

The post quickly went viral, with more than 700,000 likes (and counting), and Wesson says he has received tons of Facebook friend requests and messages from women across the world.

Now, the couple have released a 'funny' video, where Bobby warns women to stop messaging him.

Staring into the camera, Wesson says he loves his wife, Rayena, very much and "would never doing anything to betray her".

Then, the camera pans to his wife who is holding a knife, as if threatening him to make the video.

I need your help...please.(with Rayena Wesson)

Posted by Bobby Wesson on Monday, 26 October 2015

Staring into his phone camera, Wesson says: "I made this video to send a message to the rash of women who have been sending me messages on social media lately or for any women thinking about doing it: Don't do that.

"'I'm married. I have a baby and a wife. I have a wife that I love very much. She is so good to me and I would never doing anything to betray her.

"I don't even read those messages. I don't want them. I don't even look at them."

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Facebook users have called the video "funny" and praised Rayena's great sense of humour, but not everyone finds the video so amusing.

One male domestic violence survivor and founder DVmen, an online resource for male victims, told HuffPost UK Lifestyle that the issue is "no laughing matter".

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous because of his own experience of violence, says: "In abusive relationships, women use weapons more frequently than men. It compensates for the fact that on average men tend to be physically stronger."

"When I was experiencing domestic abuse I was advised that if an incident started I should try to stay away from the kitchen as there is always a ready supply of weapons there," he adds.

"Thankfully a knife was never used against me but having been given that advice a woman brandishing a knife always gives me an uncomfortable feeling even though it might be in jest."

Mark Brooks, chairperson of male domestic violence charity ManKind Initiative, says the video screams double standards.

"The reactions to this video show there are still double standards in our society," he tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle. "If you reversed the genders, then this would not be seen as being lighthearted."