Left-wing activists hate LibsOfTikTok because it unmasks them
The progressive left is very unhappy that people can see them clearly and are no longer afraid to criticize them. This was made abundantly clear by the passionate support of Washington Post columnist Taylor Lorenz for his minted coin against the popular Twitter account TikTok Libs. While the main discussion has been the ethics of selectively targeting journalists, harassing and doxxing individuals, it is the underlying justification argument that offers the most interest.
In a response, Lorenz argue“Yes, an act whose purpose is to drive LGBTQ people out of public life is wrong. The gay/trans people targeted by the act have had their lives destroyed, but the *point* of the story is actually a nuanced look at radicalization and how the right-wing outrage cycle works.It’s worth covering.
In another, she justifies herself affirms“Lots of talk about the ‘harm’ of covering up a powerful online personality, but not much about the harm done to the average LGBTQ+ person the ACCT seeks to drive out of schools and public life. J hope people read this whole story and understand the impact of this account.
This theme became the main basis of support for Lorenz’s article. Huffington Post writer Christopher Mathias, covering “right-wing extremism and MAGA,” argued, “you have no right to spread hate/fear/lies anonymously. there is a social cost to this. Senior Reporter for NBC News Ben Collins describes the author from TikTok’s Libs as “Fox News’ favorite aggregator of LGBTQ teachers whose looks they don’t like.”
Popular Twitch creator Hasan Piker with over a million Twitter followers, argued“this woman is literally cutting propaganda for the republican party by blowing up random gay teachers on tl and trying to get them fired. exposing her is journalism. making it look like it’s only random access to Twitter is strange.
Critics miss the point
Yet among the many Libs accusing TikTok of being “anti-LGBT,” none seem to acknowledge that the account literally reposts TikTok videos by LGBT activists themselves. The purpose of the Twitter account is to upload videos from TikTok — which each TikTok creator allows in their own settings and can edit by video — to show their audience what LGBT activists are saying out loud.
A rather remarkable number of self-identified teachers use their platform on TikTok to brag about their LGBT activism, often in direct defiance of school policy or the law. Somehow it was twisted into an attack on LGBT people because a lot of right-wingers and a lot of average Americans expressed their outrage.
To claim that LGBT people are silenced, harassed and driven into hiding by coming up with their own words is creatively absurd. Again, the account accused of “spreading hate, fear and lies” did not manipulate these videos in any way. What the audience witnessed was exactly what the LGBT activist in question chose to present to the world.
Parents weren’t supposed to see this
This is the bias of journalists and other media personalities who agree with the LGBT activists exposed here. They are offended that ordinary Americans criticize or even outrage transparent presentations of this activism — activism they hoped ordinary Americans, and especially parents, would never see.
TikTok is a media largely aimed at pre-teens to young adults. LGBT activist teachers aren’t addressing parents in their videos, they’re addressing young audiences and pointing out virtue to their like-minded peers. Responsible adults, parents, and community leaders were never supposed to know about their indoctrination efforts and propaganda.
When Lorenz said“[Libs of TikTok] plays on fears and misunderstandings about who trans people are, while amplifying extreme rhetoric and normalizing the portrayal of queer people as inherently dangerous to children,” she says parents wouldn’t understand what they see before their eyes. How else would sharing the unedited self-expression of adult transgender activists with an intended underage audience be considered “playing” on anyone’s fears? It’s not the LGBT activists and their content, she insists, it’s the bigoted parents who just don’t get it.
This persistent theme of adults on the left advocating that parents be less and less involved in their children’s lives, for their children’s own safety, is precisely why ordinary Americans and parents in particular have reacted to these videos with such visceral outrage. We see educators, who often teach preschoolers, boldly boast of introduce complex ideas like gender identity without the knowledge or consent of the parents. Teachers put on drag shows during class time wearing revealing clothes and college teachers saying“If your parents won’t accept you for who you are, fuck them. I’m your parents now.
Parents should be outraged
Of course, rational people would find these things completely inappropriate, and parents should be outraged that activists feel so emboldened to impose their own moral value systems on their children, intentionally hiding them from the parents involved. LGBT activists are not targeted for firing for being LGBT. They are held responsible for their inappropriate actions. Bringing all this to light isn’t “attacking” anyone, it’s just showing the average American what LGBT activists only want kids to see.
The narrative that LGBT minors need exclusive and protected media, adult education, guidance and affirmation from educators, while intentionally excluding parents, must be resolutely challenged. Parental rights must include full access to what their children are learning and to public information disseminated by educators.
Furthermore, the obscene argument that LGBT people are harmed when ordinary people react to their own advocacy must be derided and dismissed. LGBT people are responsible for their own publicly shared words and they should not be shielded from the consequences of those words by like-minded media.
Chad Felix Greene is a senior contributor to The Federalist. He is the author of the “Reasonably Gay: Essays and Arguments” series and is a social writer who focuses on truth in the media, conservative ideas and goals, and true equality before the law. You can follow him on Twitter @chadfelixg.