Kadie Karen Diekmeyer, known online as That Vegan Teacher, has been banned indefinitely from TikTok.
The news comes after a petition was launched for her removal from the site...
And, of course, it didn't take her long to respond in an angry, yet desperate YouTube video.
Here's the full story...
Now, for many, Diekmeyer's ban has been a long time coming.
Though the fifty-six-year-old Canadian joined the app in 2019, she rose to prominence after her "Eating Animals is Wrong, McDonald's" song went viral in July 2020.
Admittedly, this wasn't the first time that a passionate vegan had emplored for a fast-food chain to ditch their meat products...
But Diekmeyer's relentless and in-your-face approach was quick to gain viral attention from both those who agreed with her and those who completely opposed her outlandish ideologies.
Almost overnight, the primary school teacher-turned-vegan activist gained thousands of followers.
But, as her audience grew - to around 1.7 million, to be precise - so did the scrutiny.
Diekmeyer was quickly criticized for her "dictatorship" approach when pushing the vegan lifestyle upon her followers.
Inflammatory phrases such as "why the f**k aren't you vegan yet?," "meat is murder," and "don't eat cats, don't eat cows" quickly became the norm on her page, which left many - vegans included - feeling uncomfortable.
And they don't even scratch the surface.
not that vegan teacher comparing being vegan to blm and lgbtq protest ✋— LEEYA (@oneleeyaa) January 9, 2021
In her various TikTok songs, Diekmeyer has told her followers to change their religion, has argued that is it's less "selfish" and "more special" to come out as an animal rights activist rather than LGBTQ, and has even had her dog go on a vegan diet.
But the move that brought the most scrutiny was her comparison of veganism to the holocaust.
not that vegan teacher comparing animals to Jews during the Holocaust— Gabriella (@imjustherevibi1) February 18, 2021
In one of her videos, Diekmeyer could be seen sporting a t-shirt that bore the slogan, "End The Animal Holocaust."
People were quick to slam the activist for comparing the consumption of meat to the genocide of 6 million Jews during the Second World War...
//mention of horrible historical event from ww2— Hollie - normalise praising main character ranboo (@JustHollie03) February 21, 2021
That vegan teacher has gone to far using the Holocaust as a way to promote veganism and she went as far to say her Jewish vegans asked for her to make the account pic.twitter.com/3LgCYeVuxy
And they were even more repulsed when they discovered her side account, "that.holocaust.teacher," which was used to pedal the sickening comparison further.
So, bearing all of this in mind, it was hardly surprising to hear that a petition calling for her suspension had been launched.
The Change.org petition alleged that Diekmeyer repeatedly violated TikTok's community standards and that she should be permanently banned as a consequence.
The petition's description read:
"She [Diekmeyer] is a former certificated educator, however has no background in veterinary nor human medicine. She has made blatantly racist, bigoted, and discriminatory statements against anyone who doesn't view veganism her way and her way alone. She has promoted multiple films that are dangerous to children given TikToks 13 yr old age requirement and many children under that age access it on a daily basis."
It continued by describing the graphic nature of her videos...
Many of which show the slaughter of animals.
"Her targets have included minors under 18, the LGBTQ+ Community, Person's with disabilities, people of the Black community, various religions, and more. Multiple reports have been made against her content yet her platform remains active."
Of course, support for the petition was rife...
i don’t think cancel culture is right at all, but can we please cancel that vegan teacher 💀💀— bella interiano (@interiano_bella) February 22, 2021
And the signatures quickly flooded in, eventually surpassing 20,000.
Following this, her TikTok account was removed, though her Instagram and YouTube accounts remain active.
People quickly rejoiced at the news...
WAIT THAT VEGAN TEACHER IS OFF TIKTOK!? LESS GOOO— Lilac♡︎ | check📌 (@honeybeecos) February 23, 2021
That vegan teacher has finally been banned from tiktok. Thank you universe for doing a good thing— 6️⃣6️⃣Palpatine6️⃣6️⃣ (@CPT_Stanley1) February 23, 2021
y’all want me to make your day? that vegan teacher got banned from tiktok.— Rosie |（╹◡╹）♡ (@saerosie) February 23, 2021
YOO that vegan teachers tiktok account was deleted 🙏🙏— emily (@crypticbo) February 23, 2021
THAT VEGAN TEACHER IS GONE IVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY IN MY LIFE— KqStop | Loves blu🤍 | TTGC (@kqstop) February 23, 2021
GUYS! THAT VEGAN TEACHERS TIKTOK GOT BANNED AND NOW ITS GONE, FOREVER! AHHHHHHHH. TODAY WE ARE VICTORIOUS :D— ayup mia 👑 || STREAM ROADTRIP || check pinned :)) (@fl00fy_c0w) February 23, 2021
THAT VEGAN TEACHER HAS BEEN BANNED ON TIKTOK!! 🥳🥳🥳— Kelly (@kelly_tubbo_) February 23, 2021
But someone who wasn't so happy?
Diekmeyer herself, of course.
In the hours following her suspension, she quickly uploaded a YouTube video titled, "Censorship: Why Good People Must Rise Up And Speak Out."
"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?"
Then, in the most vegan manner ever, she turned the whole ban around onto people's guilt.
"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."
Diekmeyer then 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.
"I have repeatedly stated that the LGBTQ community, and everyone, regardless of skin color, 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."
You can watch her full video below.
TikTok is yet to comment on their decision to remove The Vegan Teacher from their platform.