Trans Fans Ask ‘Critical Role’ to Stop Support of Shopify for Libs of TikTok Support

The highly popular Dungeons & Dragons web series Critical Role released their newest episode, however it caused some controversy when fans learned that it was sponsored by Shopify. Shopify is an e-commerce company that’s known for being accountable for platforming Libs of TikTok.

Libs of TikTok is a right-wing Twitter account that has been known for harassing and speaking misinformation that serves to further stigmatize LGBTQ people and others. In August of this yr, the account’s owner, Chaya Raichik, tweeted audio of a conversation she had with employees at Children’s National Hospital asking in the event that they would “perform hysterectomies on children under the age of 18 to aid in transitioning.” Raichik badgers the workers into saying what she wants to listen to, playing into the transphobic rhetoric of the political right.

“None of the people who were secretly recorded by this activist group deliver care to our patients,” hospital spokeswoman Ariana Ahmadi Perez said, in accordance with Washington Post. “We do not and have never performed gender-affirming hysterectomies for anyone under the age of 18.”

Yet, a spokesperson from the hospital has claimed they’ve suffered from threats online, including bomb threats, consequently of those attacks.

Erin Reed, a queer legislative researcher specializing in anti-LGBTQ+ laws across the country, called Critical Role out on Twitter. Reed identified that Critical Role has dropped sponsors for being homophobic previously.

We reached out to Reed for comment and so they provided the next statement:

I, together with other activists, have been alarmed on the twitter account Libs of TikTok and the way in which Chaya Raichik, the person behind the account, targets hospitals for providing gender affirming care. In recent weeks, children’s hospitals she targets are sometimes the recipient of bomb threats. This needs to finish.

I even have reached out to Shopify on quite a few occasions and I do know a minimum of one prospective worker has withdrawn from the hiring process because Shopify refuses to kick Libs of TikTok off of it’s platform. Libs of TikTok violates Shopify’s terms of service over hateful conduct and is a threat to trans youth and the doctors who support them.

Once I saw that Critical Role, a massively popular D&D group which I even have been a fan of for a very long time, advertised for Shopify, I used to be horrified. Critical Role has a history of ending partnerships with firms that support transphobia. I reached out to Matt Mercer and Critical Role to hopefully raise the difficulty in order that they’ll move on from this company, and I hope we are able to all call for Shopify to remove Libs of TikTok.

As someone who was largely unaware of Shopify, learning this was very illuminating, and I’m sure many won’t pay attention to these ties. Considering the audience and forged behind Critical Role, I’d image this news could be deeply uncomfortable and hopefully bringing this to light will cause some actual change. While Erin has led the charge, more fans are coming out asking for a comment from the corporate following this information.

(featured image: Critical Role LLC)

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