A member of the Florida House of Representatives has asked a popular online store to prevent Libs of TikTok from selling merch on the platform. The reason? Libs of TikTok offered the term “groomer” as a promo code in the online shop, and “groomer,” apparently and as of last week, is a slur against the LGBTQ community.
Anna Eskamani, who represents Florida’s House District 47, piled on to a demand to get popular Twitter account Libs of TikTok banned from selling merch in Shopify’s online store over the term, which oddly enough has been linked to the LGBTQ community by members and supporters of that community itself. Florida’s Press Secretary Christina Pushaw said that she was “horrified that a government official, Anna Eskamani, is using her position to push a company to deplatform a private citizen due to a political disagreement.” And indeed, it does seem that the place of an elected official is not to petition corporations to ban users from its platform that are engaging in legal commerce. The beginning of the petition to ban Libs of TikTok from selling merch on Shopify began with a Media Matters article that made the wild claim that the term “groomer” is an LGBTQ slur.
Media Matters wrote that “A significant driver in the fabricated ‘ groomer ‘ narrative, its Twitter and Instagram accounts have been used repeatedly to misgender people, target teachers who support their LGBTQ students, and flag Pride Month events, at least two of which were later targeted by white supremacist organizations , including the Proud Boys and Patriot Front.”
Libs of TikTok has used the term “groomer” to describe elementary school teachers who coerce their students into using preferred pronouns, or who “come out” to their students and encourage students to do the same, or who hold Pride […]
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