Feminists blast Louisana man who proposed during graduation

Feminists accuse a man who proposed to his girlfriend during her college graduation of ruining her 'time to shine' and taking away from her accomplishments - but do YOU agree?

  • James Clark, 23, shared a video of his proposal to his partner Marquell on Twitter
  • He dropped down on one knee during Marquell's graduation day in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and popped the question in front of a crowd of onlookers 
  • The clip has racked up 2.6M views as people accused him of 'stealing her shine'
  • One said the proposal was an example of men being 'manipulative trash'
  • Marquell, who has just graduated from Southern University, accused critics of being jealous and insisted she loved the proposal 

By Siofra Brennan For Mailonline and Clemence Michallon For Dailymail.com

Published: 04:57 EDT, 16 May 2018 | Updated: 13:23 EDT, 16 May 2018

A man who proposed to his girlfriend of six years during her graduation ceremony has come under fire from feminists for making her big moment about him. 

James Clark, 23, shared a video of his proposal to his partner Marquell on Twitter, where it quickly racked up more than 2.6 million views as people speculated that his partner didn't look too impressed as he popped the question on her graduation day in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

Many commenters insisted he'd chosen the wrong moment because it was 'her time to shine'. 

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Attention: James Clark, 23, shared a video of his proposal to his partner Marquell on Twitter. Many viewers accused him of stealing her big moment
Attention: James Clark, 23, shared a video of his proposal to his partner Marquell on Twitter. Many viewers accused him of stealing her big moment

Attention: James Clark, 23, shared a video of his proposal to his partner Marquell on Twitter. Many viewers accused him of stealing her big moment

Reactions: People speculated that his partner didn't look too impressed as he popped the question on her graduation day in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Reactions: People speculated that his partner didn't look too impressed as he popped the question on her graduation day in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Reactions: People speculated that his partner didn't look too impressed as he popped the question on her graduation day in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Timing is everything: Many commenters insisted James had chosen the wrong moment to pop the question to Marquell because it was 'her time to shine'
Timing is everything: Many commenters insisted James had chosen the wrong moment to pop the question to Marquell because it was 'her time to shine'

Timing is everything: Many commenters insisted James had chosen the wrong moment to pop the question to Marquell because it was 'her time to shine'

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One wrote: 'Stop proposing to women during celebrations of their accomplishments and dimming their lights'. 

'Men never take a day off from being manipulative trash,' another person tweeted.

Other commenters said that James had been 'selfish' while another asked why he couldn't have waited until the next day, instead of making it 'about him'.

Footage of the moment shows James, a graduate of Louisiana State University, asking: 'Can I just say something real quick' while Marquell, who has just obtained her degree from Southern University, stands next to him in her cap and gown, holding a bouquet of flowers.

'I'm just so proud of my gorgeous, intelligent girlfriend. She put so much work in, long nights of studying, working hard, so it's so beautiful to see you make it to this moment,' he said. 

Speaking out: Marquell herself responded to the row insisting she was 'very happy' with a degree and an engagement in the same day
Speaking out: Marquell herself responded to the row insisting she was 'very happy' with a degree and an engagement in the same day

Speaking out: Marquell herself responded to the row insisting she was 'very happy' with a degree and an engagement in the same day

Defending it: Others insisted there was no need to be negative about the proposal
Defending it: Others insisted there was no need to be negative about the proposal

Defending it: Others insisted there was no need to be negative about the proposal

Long run: Marquell and James (pictured in an archive shot) have been dating for six years
Long run: Marquell and James (pictured in an archive shot) have been dating for six years

Long run: Marquell and James (pictured in an archive shot) have been dating for six years

James then announced he had a 'special graduation present' for Marquell before pulling out a ring and dropping onto one knee.

'Will you marry me?' he asked, and Marquell promptly said yes. The crowd cheered as the couple sealed their engagement and James slipped the ring onto Marquell's finger.  

Many people couldn't see the problem and said that for men it was 'impossible to win'.

'I don't think he took away from her moment,' one said. 'He told her how proud he was of her and her accomplishments.'  

Marquell herself responded to the row insisting she was 'very happy' with a degree and an engagement in the same day, and accused people of being jealous and hateful.

'For everyone concerned if I was excited about my proposal! I AM VERY HAPPY!' she write.

'I'm where y'all want to be... a degree and engagement all in one day... Jealousy is really a disease y'all need to find Jesus! Y'all are so hateful please seek help!' 

TWITTER USERS REACT TO GRADUATION DAY PROPOSAL

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