“Context matters Kelly. Exercising your right to denigrate marginalized communities is not equal to exercising your right to defend them.”
A brushfire of sorts on Twitter after the world’s greatest athlete stepped in to defend the right of social account LibsofTikTok to continue reposting the most insane excesses of so-called progressives.
If you don’t know, LibsofTikTok is an “anti-woke” account, Instagram, Twitter etc, millions of followers, run by LA-based right-winger and Trumpist Chaya Raichik, who was anonymous until last year when she was doxxed by the hysterically hysterical left-wing quasi-journalist Taylor Lorenz.
Here’s a taste of its flavour. Maybe it pulls on the draperies of your outer vagina, maybe it don’t.
Anyway, when a cat called Brian Krassenstein, who dutifully pushes every left-wing cause however insane, tweeted about Libs being banned on TikTok, Slater waded into the imbroglio.
“Breaking: Slack has just banned the account of the hateful, misleading Libs of TikTok. While right wing users are losing their minds because a private company exercised their right to remove an account of a customer who broke hte terms of service, I’m happy to saw we that we live in a free society under a Constitution which protects companies from being forced to keep disgusting individuals on their platforms.
“For those who don’t know, the Libs Of TikTok account once tweeted a misleading message claiming that “Boston Children’s Hospital is now offering gender-affirming hysterectomies for young girls.” This was an outright LIE and led to multiple bomb threats against the hospital and closed the hospital down for some time.
“I commend Slack’s decision and will always stand up for a company’s right to uphold their terms of service. And as for Libs of Tiktok, you deserve this!”
To which Slater replied,
“So we just have to go look at those accounts to see the same exact posts instead? Reposting it is seen as hate speech but posting the things they do in the first place is respectable? And aren’t Left wingers losing their minds at Elon/Twitter exercising their rights?”
So we just have to go look at those accounts to see the same exact posts instead? Reposting it is seen as hate speech but posting the things they do in the first place is respectable? And aren’t Left wingers losing their minds at Elon/Twitter exercising their rights? 🤷🏻♂️
— Kelly Slater (@kellyslater) February 26, 2023
A victory for common sense, yeah?
When other “progressives” began to twitch, Slater was quick to shut ‘em down.
“Kelly I can’t believe you are a part of the divisiveness. Everyone has a right to their opinion and I respect that, but using terms like left wingers adds to the chaos. I am heart broken to see someone I viewed in high regard be so trashy. I hope this is not really you.”
Slater: “You’re heartbroken about this? Is the term right wing (users) equally divisive cause that’s how the original tweet was posed? Left wing and right wing are frames of mind/POV’s with neither being inherently bad.”
“Nobody has lost their minds to our knowledge. Twitter just became a lot meaner and toxic is all. Elon Musk is a provocateur fanning the flames of bro culture.”
Slater: “When covid happened I saw a tweet saying anyone who doesn’t get vaxxed should be lined up in front of mass graves and shot. No warning to them for it. Not taken down. So you’re saying tweets have gotten meaner and more toxic since Elon? Examples?”
On a slight tangent, did you know the famous Voltaire quote “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” wasn’t actually said or written by the French Enlightenment writer but conjured up by a twentieth century biographer to describe Voltaire’s beliefs on freedom of speech?