That Vegan Teacher

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That Vegan Teacher
Born
🏳️ NationalityCanadian
💼 Occupation
  • Social media influencer
  • animal rights activist
  • schoolteacher
  • musician
🌐 Websitemisskarenenglishteacher.com

Karen Elizabeth Diekmeyer,[1] also known online as That Vegan Teacher, Miss Kadie, and Miss Karen English Teacher, is a Canadian social media influencer, animal rights activist, schoolteacher, and musician. She is mostly known for her TikTok career and for promoting veganism in often controversial ways. She is currently residing in the municipality of Pointe-Claire on the island of Montreal, Quebec.

Career[edit]

Diekmeyer created her YouTube account on July 21, 2018.[2] While her channel currently has over 40 thousand subscribers and over 9 million views, Diekmeyer's account on TikTok saw much more success, going viral for a song called "Eating Animals Is Wrong, McDonalds" in July 2020.[3] In January 2021, she went viral again after Gordon Ramsay reacted to one of her TikToks critiquing his meat eating habits by calling her a "vegan donut" and eating a burger.[4][5]

Controversy[edit]

The controversy is pointless

In September 2020, Diekmeyer came under fire for comments made on her account surrounding organ donation. In a TikTok, she said, "I’ve decided that there's no way on earth that I ever want any of you [meat eaters] to ever get my organs if I die".[6] As a result, Diekmeyer said that she decided that year to not sign her organ donor card for the first time.[7] The video received more than 750,000 views on TikTok and over 100,000 on Twitter.[8]

Multiple sources have characterized Diekmeyer's content as racist and homophobic,[1][3][9][10] including repurposing the slogan of "I can't breathe" for a song about the process of killing animals, and arguing that coming out as LGBTQ+ is an "inherently selfish" act as opposed to coming out as vegan.[1][9] Diekmeyer has also compared the meat-eating industry to the Holocaust, arguing that the slaughter of animals is equivalent to or worse than the Holocaust.[1][10]

She also stirred up controversy when she responded to Minecraft streamer TommyInnit on TikTok, who was talking about his YouTube Play Buttons. She used TikTok's duet function to respond "Tommy! Nice vegan girls don't want to see your buttons, but if you want them to play with your buttons, you'll have to show them your fruits and your vegetables," taking out a cucumber, pear, and apple.[10][11]

In March 2021, she made a YouTube video titled "Are You Racist?", mentioning the word "nigger" and other profanity, stating that people should "ban cruelty, not words" and that everyone must "reclaim" words that have hurt others, and not "let them have any power".[12]

TikTok ban[edit]

On February 23, 2021, Diekmeyer was IP banned from TikTok for breaching community guidelines. The exact cause of her ban is unclear, nor is it currently known whether a Change.org petition with over 20,000 signatures calling for her to be banned from TikTok had any effect on TikTok's decision.[1] Diekmeyer posted a video on her YouTube page after the ban, claiming that she was censored and promising to not give up on her platform.[1] Shortly afterward, she created another account on TikTok which was banned a week later. She created another account using popular Minecraft YouTuber Dream as its icon shortly afterward, which was banned about another week later.[13] Shortly after, she created another account that was also banned nearly a week later.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "TikTok bans That Vegan Teacher after homophobic, racist videos". The Daily Dot. 2021-02-23. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  2. "That Vegan Teacher". YouTube. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Asarch, Steven. "A TikTok animal rights activist was banned from the app days after making a sexual joke about a 16-year-old YouTuber". Insider. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  4. Williams, Janice (2021-01-22). "Who is the infamous vegan teacher TikToker behind Gordon Ramsey's video?". Newsweek. Retrieved 2021-03-05. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Baker, Emily (2021-01-23). "Gordon Ramsay Responds To That Vegan Teacher's Viral TikTok Video". Plant Based News. Retrieved 2021-03-05. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "Vegan activist blasted for saying she would not donate organs to meat eaters". 7NEWS.com.au. 2020-09-14. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  7. Chiorando, Maria (2020-09-14). "Vegan TikTok Star Blasted For Refusing To Donate Organs To Meat Eaters". Plant Based News. Retrieved 2021-03-05. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Morris, Seren (2020-09-14). "Vegan TikTok activist says she would not donate organs to meat eaters". Newsweek. Retrieved 2021-03-05. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Popular TikTok vegan co-opts 'I can't breathe' to protest animal cruelty". The Daily Dot. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Puhak, Janine (2021-02-24). "'That Vegan Teacher' says TikTok ban won't silence her following petition, controversies". Fox News. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  11. Asarch, Steven (February 23, 2021). "A TikTok animal rights activist was banned from the app days after making a sexual joke about a 16-year-old YouTuber". Insider. Retrieved March 8, 2021. Kadie Karen Diekmeyer, known online as That Vegan Teacher
  12. "That Vegan Teacher spells out N-word in video urging people to 'ban cruelty, not words'". The Daily Dot. March 4, 2021. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  13. Nambiar, Prerna (2021-03-10). "What did That Vegan Teacher say about Dream? Video explored". HITC. Retrieved 2021-03-12.

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