The tweet above is courtesy of me calling out a Twitter address called Libs of Tik Tok.
So stupid how this homophobic Twitter address is trying to make this into some kind of outrage. So what. When I was in school, we acted wilder during spirit week. The people outraged by this are the ones being 'groomed.' https://t.co/gwFXXB7icq— Holy Bullies (@holybullies) April 12, 2022
According to Media Matters:
Started on TikTok in April 2020 (where the account has since been removed) the Libs of TikTok account moved to Twitter in November 2020, where it soon gained momentum following a series of popular tweets and promotion by conservative influencers Joe Rogan and Meghan McCain. A self-proclaimed “mini Project Veritas,” the Libs of TikTok account has amassed over 500,000 followers, growing into an influential online marketplace for right-wing attacks.Many of its viral posts feed into the full-fledged moral panic on the right about LGBTQ+ issues being taught in public education, accusing “groomer teachers” of using schools as “government run indoctrination camps” for conversations about gender and sexual identity. The account has also tweeted examples of teachers supposedly promoting critical race theory in the classroom, a major obsession in right-wing media, and suggested that transgender people are part of a “serious mental health crisis.” As the right-wing media increases their defense of the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation in Florida, the Libs of TikTok content has become ammunition for their arguments.
In other words, it posts snippets of videos and tweets designed to push the lie that LGBTQ people are 'groomers' after children. Libs of Tik Tok goes all in on the lies as seen here:
In the tweet above, Libs of Tik Tok is attacking a school for supposedly putting on a drag show. It only shows 49 seconds of said show, leaving its supporters and followers to go on and on about 'groomers' and gays wanting to 'diddle' children. You probably can't see the entirety of the above tweet because Libs blocked me when I confronted it about what it was doing.
In reality, there is no there there. And if Libs had not had blocked me, I would have embedded the tweet to prove that point. But I did manage to make a screenshot. It gives an indication how Libs of Tik Tok is portraying the drag show as opposed to what's actually going on:
By all means feel free to find the Twitter address and view the footage. It's only 49 seconds and to be honest, we don't the circumstances or where it took place. But here is what we do know. There is nothing out of the ordinary going on here. Nothing sexual. Nothing scandalous. And above all, no 'grooming' (even though some folks have yet to explain how can a drag show be used to 'groom' anyone into any sexual behavior.')
This is no different than extracurricular events going on at any school. When I was in high school, we had fundraisers like "womanless weddings" which were athletes dressed in drag. And then there was Spirit Week for Homecoming, in which the boys and girls participated in 'Opposite Day.' Lastly, don't even get me started about pep rallies and homecoming floats.
But I will give Libs of Tik Tok an point here. Grooming is going on, but not by LGBTQ people. People are being groomed to get hysterical, to believe lies, and to allow their personal prejudices to flourish under the guise of protecting children. When you get right to the point, Libs of Tik Tok isn't doing anything noble. It's simply bigoted and downright sleazy.
And it may just work. Libs of Tik Tok is already bragging about the harm its followers are causing the school. An ignorant mob led by a trashy leader is always successful causing hurt.