TikTok Pride event shut down in minutes after homophobes and racists target LGBT+ creators with hate

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06/26/2020

TikTok “MyPride” was intended to virtually “celebrate the diverse and incredible LGBT+ creator community on TikTok” during Pride Month. The event, held via Zoom on Thursday (June 25) was to include panels, workshops and conversations with queer creators and company employees. But within minutes of it starting, the call was overrun by racist and homophobic trolls. According to Business Insider, the TikTok Pride event’s text chat was flooded from the start with messages about Donald Trump, “straight pride”, and Chick-fil-A, the US fast food company which has donated millions of dollars to homophobic and transphobic groups. The chat was also filled with racist and homophobic slurs. When the first speaker began, the text chat was disabled by organisers, trolls took over the call by blasting audio that contained more racist slurs.

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