A law student has been left shocked after Byron Bay residents called him a ‘metro f**k’ as they hit him with a volley of abuse because they didn’t like his clothes.
Mr Wyatt was wearing an eye-catching coloured buttoned shirt and white jeans to match his workplace’s Sunday theme when he copped abuse from a group of angry men in a passing vehicle.
Dakota Wyatt (pictured), 25, was wearing a brightly coloured button-up shirt and white jeans when he was abused by a group of men in a car
‘A car slowed down almost mounting the curb on the main street in Byron Bay and they yelled, “go back to Sydney you metro f**k”,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Metro’ is short for ‘metrosexual’, a term used to describe urban men who are especially particular about their grooming, fashion and overall appearance.
The 25-year-old student said they clearly weren’t fond of his clothing.
Mr Wyatt hadn’t known of the term ‘metrosexual’ ever being used as a slur.
Mr Wyatt said a group of men in a passing vehicle hurled abuse at him for his appearance (stock image)
The student said he knew the slur wasn’t a joke as the men were being aggressive towards him (stock image of Byron Bay)
The student, who recently returned to the area after moving to Victoria in 2016 for several years, said he is worried others may not know how to handle it if they find themselves in the same situation.
‘I have worked in the justice system and counselled clients with mental health issues, so I know how to cope in situations,’ Mr Wyatt said.
The student, who recently returned to the area after moving to Victoria in 2016 for several years, said he is worried others may not know how to handle that same situation if confronted
The 25-year-old said there had been a massive shift in the locals’ level of acceptance for outsiders since last residing in the region (Pictured: People walking past and sitting in a coffee shop in Byron Bay)
‘However, my main concern is if this happens to another person who doesn’t know what to do in these situations, as we are already seeing the statistics of suicide and self-harm rising.’
The 25-year-old, who grew up in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, said there had been a massive shift in the locals’ level of acceptance for outsiders from the last time he resided in the area.
‘The hostility in the area has definitely increased, whether it’s due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the increase in social anxiety.’
Mr Wyatt also believed that the current housing crisis has played a role in rising hostility among locals.