Excited wheelchair user over ‘hate crime’ faces backlash

A TikToker who uses a wheelchair posted a video this week saying he was “excited” at having just been the victim of a “hate crime”. They have since received backlash over TikTok duet, stings and comments.

In a TikTok posted by @loony.living, the user says that she and her friend Alice “just suffered hate crimes.” Both use wheelchairs, as TikTok shows.

“And I’m really looking forward to it!” @loony.living says.

The TikToker explains that someone saw the couple and yelled “cripple”. @loony.living says they replied “Yeah!” excited.

“Nothing like this has ever happened,” says @loony.living, describing the other hate comments they’ve received about their bodies. “It was strange. Like the perfect hate crime.”

The TikToker has since deleted both the TikTok account and the video – which was re-uploaded by other TikTokers – and did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.

@akaklourdes.996 @loony.living Reupload 🫶🏾 Muah, this is the original #ijustgothatecrimedandimsuperexcitedaboutit ♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod & Kevin The Monkey

TikToker made their own videos in response to @loony.living’s video, many say it shows @loony.living’s white privilege.

Following the backlash, @loony.living commented on a video saying they were “BIPOC,” meaning black, indigenous, or person of color. In other videos from @loony.living, the TikToker says it’s about Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri, both aboriginal groups.

Others say that despite their identity, @loony.living’s white skin means the world perceives them as white, which gives them privilege.

Reactions to @loony.living’s excitement at being a victim of a hate crime have ranged from oppression to explanations of the ins and outs of oppression.

User @slander_mander dueted the video and said she was “second hand embarrassed” watching it. @babiethebunnie said in her jab of the video that “some white people who are part of a marginalized community are just really into any kind of oppression that they might face.”

“Because they’re privileged to see it as a form of validation,” says @babiethebunnie.

In another swipe of @loony.living’s video, @mckenzien made a similar point, saying that “hate crimes shouldn’t be used as a trophy to show that you’re being oppressed.”

“Don’t you think of the other minorities in so many other communities who are in fear for their lives following hate crimes?” @mckenzien says. “Congratulations on the most thoughtless and ignorant post on TikTok.”

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*Initial publication: January 18, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. CST

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