An American couple has gone viral for the worst of reasons – after hundreds called out their racist comments in a Thanksgiving TikTok video.
The account the video was posted from, @whynot2boys, since appears to have been deactivated, but users uncovered a YouTube account which appears to be run by the same people. Their videos remain up, including one which makes a homophobic “joke” another which “jokes” about cervical cancer and one which suggests they are making branded T-shirts and a DVD of their content.
The comments under the videos are largely calling out the couple’s behaviour, although the channel does have around 1,240 subscribers.
Despite the TikTok no longer being live, footage of the specific clip in question has been widely shared across social media.
It appears to have been originally posted to Twitter by @davenewworld_2. You may remember it as the account which originally posted the video of Trump supporters in a senior citizens home in Florida shouting “white power". The video was retweeted by the president, who appeared to approve of the racist dogwhistle.
Now, the same Twitter user, who goes by the name “Fifty Shades of Whey” has called out the TikTok video of the racist comments positioned as a “joke” and his reposted clip has been viewed almost 150,000 times.
Of course, as with all things that seem too awful to be true on the internet, it is possible that the couple are simply trolling people with their remarks.
Still, whether genuine or not, there’s no doubt the existence of accounts using damaging racist stereotypes for personal gain shows there’s still a long way to go in the fight against racial injustice.
This article was edited on 3 December 2020 to remove the contents of the ‘joke' and a link to the tweet which shared it.