BOSTON, MA – A recent TikTok video that went viral (for all the wrong reasons) has landed a Harvard graduate in some hot water with Twitter users, and even with her once-prospective employer.
Claira Janover apparently thought it would be a good idea to attempt her version of lampooning the “all lives matter” crowd by saying in a video that “stab” the next person who uses that phrase and mock them while they’re “struggling and bleeding out.”
Harvard senior Claira Janover threatens to stab anyone who says “all lives matter.”
Will liberal colleges and universities ever teach students that speech ≠ violence?
— Paul A. Szypula (@Bubblebathgirl) June 30, 2020
The display made on the video is not exactly the most flattering – and whether it was an attempt at humor or not, it came off as being pretty aggressive and inflammatory. Not to mention, the use of terms like “caucasity,” which is a racial pejorative spin on the word “audacity,” is far from an endearing look on anyone’s behalf.
While most normal people wouldn’t be surprised that the clip gathered negative attention, apparently Janover was completely befuddled as to why received staunch criticism for the clip.
In a tweet following the immesnse backlash Janover received online, she noted the following:
“I’m still truly baffled that republicans can’t conceptualize basic hyperbole and comedic analogies….or the fact that I captioned it “this is a joke.”…the sheer lack of intelligence and insight it takes to spread this and call me a terrorist or believe it was a real threat…”
I’m still truly baffled that republicans can’t conceptualize basic hyperbole and comedic analogies….or the fact that I captioned it “this is a joke.”
…the sheer lack of intelligence and insight it takes to spread this and call me a terrorist or believe it was a real threat…
— claira j (@clurajan) June 30, 2020
With any kind of controversial display or posting online, one can usually expect a variety of responses – some showcasing legitimate criticism and others that live in the realm of threats of harm. Obviously, the latter is reprehensible, but also comes with the territory of being controversial.
Janover mentioned on Twitter some of the types of responses she got online that ranged from people trying to “cancel” to death threats:
“Despite the death, rape, expulsion, and firing threats I got today…I am so grateful for everyone who has stood by, supported, & defended me and #BlackLivesMattter. I will not be silenced, shamed, or threatened into silence by bigoted trump fans who don’t understand analogies”
However, even her noting said responses managed to garner some trolling her by portraying herself to be a victim after making statements online that were violent in nature:
“‘I WILL STAB YOU IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ME!!!’ two hours later…‘Help! people are saying mean and hurty things to me’”
"I WILL STAB YOU IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ME!!!😡😡😡"
two hours later…
"Help! people are saying mean and hurty things to me 😢😢😢"
— I Wish I Had Learned Sooner (@WishIHadLearned) July 1, 2020
It looked like Janover was poised to start a position at Deloitte as a public service business analyst – key word there being was. Someone on Twitter had located Janover’s LinkedIn account where she boasted about her once-upcoming position, and Deloitte likely saw the Twitter post that retweeted 1.6 thousand times where the company’s main account was tagged in comments.
— ❌Michael S❌ (@MichaelS1966ms) July 2, 2020
For far-left progressives that have been utilizing “cancel culture” against those right-of-center to enact monetary harm for ideological differences, those on the far-left sure don’t like it when it’s used against them.
Deloitte just fired me after my tiktoks standing up for #BlackLivesMatter were posted by popular trump twitter accts. Despite its stance against racism the online slander campain of violence and scare tactics towards me were too powerful for the company.
know, I’m still standing pic.twitter.com/LdcTJ1eqF9
— claira j (@clurajan) July 1, 2020
There is a tinge of poetic justice in a sense regarding her employment offer being rescinded by the company.
Furthermore, for someone about to embark upon a position dubbed as a “public service business analyst,” it wouldn’t be crazy to assume the human resources department of any company being skeptical about Janover engaging with the public after that kind of social media post.
In another video posted to TikTok, Janover posted a teary-eyed video of the aftermath of her termination, claiming that all she was doing was “standing up for black lives matter” in her videos.
@cjanoverYour scare tactics won’t work on me. always and forever, ##blacklivesmatter♬ original sound – cjanover
While the tear-drenched video sounds like some heartbreaking scenario, the controversial video was far more than just “standing up for black lives matter” – because if Janover just simply said something positive about the movement or merely mentioned her support of it, then there wouldn’t be any controversy.
But the reality of the situation is that the video that likely led to her termination from Deloitte wasn’t just a pro-black lives matter video endorsing the movement. The video literally was centered around wanting to stab people who say “all lives matter” and then mocking a stabbing victim while they’re suffering.
Comedy, or attempts at it, is subjective. And “cancel culture” is no longer a single trajectory weapon, but rather rests on a pendulum where anyone on either side of the political spectrum can be harmed by the clamoring of the mob.
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