TikTok Bans 'That Vegan Teacher' After 20,000 Sign Petition To Remove Her
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That Vegan Teacher's TikTok account has been blocked following a petition to have her removed from the platform.
Animal rights activist Kadie Karen Diekmeyer had amassed 1.7 million followers on TikTok, but now her account has been banned for 'violating community guidelines'.
It comes after a petition signed by more than 20,000 people called for her removal, claiming her content was 'morally and ethically repugnant'.
Diekmeyer called for her fans to fight the ban in a video shared on YouTube, entitled 'Censorship: Why Good People Must Rise Up And Speak Out'.
In the video, posted yesterday (Tuesday), she said: "Many of you woke up this morning and found out that my account was banned on TikTok, and I know many of you are jumping for joy and thinking that this is a great victory
"Somehow, it makes you smile to know that an animal rights activist is being silenced on one of the platforms.
"Why is that? Why does that bring you joy? I know why - because you're feeling guilty. You know you shouldn't be eating animals, you know you shouldn't be paying to exploit them, and you cannot look in the mirror and see that in you.
"You're suffering from cognitive dissonance; you think you're a good person, but on the other hand, you pay people to rape, torture and murder these innocent animals, who never did one single thing wrong to you."
The petition calling for her removal claims Diekmeyer shared content on her TikTok account that constituted hate speech, alleging that she made 'blatantly racist, bigoted, discriminatory statements'.
The petition claims: "Her targets have included minors under 18, the LGBTQ+ Community, person's with disabilities, people of the black community, various religions and more."
Diekmeyer denied a string of accusations made by the petition, stating that she hadn't forced anyone to be vegan, caused anyone to be unwell or discriminated against anyone.
She said: "I have repeatedly stated that the LGBTQ community, and everyone, regardless of skin colour, age, social status or religion should be given equal rights, protected, cherished and loved.
"I also stated that members of all minority groups should tap into their own oppression and use that to help them understand the oppression that the animals live each and every moment in factory farms."
LADbible has contacted TikTok for comment.