Internet outraged over offensive “Gen Z Tattoo” TikTok trend

Published: 20/Sep/2020 21:11 Updated: 6/Oct/2020 10:16

by Charlotte Colombo


A recent TikTok trend, which encouraged people from Generation Z to all get a similar tattoo, has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. 

TikTok user and Generation Z member Jordan Joann Williams recently posted a video encouraging other members of Generation Z (which refers people born between the mid-late 90s and early 2010s) to get the letter “Z” tattooed on them as a symbol of the generations “unity” and “rebellion”.

@milk_man360##duet with @smoothavacado shawty I love the idea but we gotta stop accidentally tattooing ñ4z¡ stuff ##fyp ##foryou ##genz ##genztattoo ##ww2♬ original sound – Jordyy

However, other TikTok users were quick to point out that the ‘”Z” design proposed in this video was actually reminiscent of the Wolfsangel symbol, which was an early symbol used by prominent hate groups during the early 1900s.

A lot of people on social media also shared their enthusiasm for the matching tattoos, which led to TikTok users who know the symbol’s history desperately duetting with people to stop them from getting the symbol tattooed on them.


However, despite this and fact that the the video was swiftly deleted following people pointing out OP’s error, this didn’t stop several people from getting the tattoo.

The original poster later responded to the online backlash, explaining that she had been writing her Z’s that way since pre-school and was unaware of the implications of the symbol.

In a tearful apology, she explains that this trend was meant to be about “bringing the whole generation together” and spreading “love and unity”. She also shared that as part of the backlash of incident, she had been receiving death threats and had people contacting her boyfriend, who she says had “nothing to do with this”.

@smoothavacadoReply to @_…123456789 now please stop…♬ original sound – Jordyy

Begging people to leave her alone, Jordan said: “I am not Charli D’Amelio, I am not Loren Grey and I do not know how to handle hate like this.”

However, this appeal seemed to be in vain, as she later uploaded a TikTok detailing messages she received from another user.

@smoothavacadothis is just ONE of the many dms I got♬ original sound – #PovSounds

Since then, people have been sharing ideas for an alternative “Gen Z” tattoo that doesn’t have the same connotations as the original idea, with many people suggesting incorporating an equals sign into the tattoo.


Seemingly bouncing back from the online hate she received, Williams uploaded a further TikTok summarising the range of less offensive Gen Z tattoos other users had come up with.

@smoothavacado##GenZTattoo ##Fyp ##GenZ I love you all ♥️♬ original sound – #PovSounds

Although this trend started out with the best intentions, it is good that people now recognise the disturbing and offensive historical context behind the tattoo.


There are other ways to show unity, and hopefully one of the alternative tattoo designs catch on!

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 stands by streamers amid Twitch DMCA controversy

Published: 24/Oct/2020 15:45

by Georgina Smith


The Cyberpunk 2077 team at CD Projekt RED have confirmed that streamers will not have to worry about the new heavy DMCA regulations on Twitch when streaming their game, as the soundtrack has been built from scratch.

Twitch streamers were left frustrated and worried on October 21, after a wave of DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) warnings were sent regarding their past VODs and clips, with some even being deleted.


Creators are now resorting to drastic measures to protect their channels and ensure their ability to upload future content, after it was discovered that past streams are now being picked apart. For many that means erasing the vast majority of their old content.

This included popular streamer Pokimane who said “Today, tomorrow, at some point, you guys are going to come across my channel and there’s going to be zero content. Sucks to say, but it is what it is.”

CD Projekt Red
Cyberpunk will be one of the major tiles playable on Series X in November.

This is concerning particularly for gaming streamers, who may play a game like Grand Theft Auto, where copyrighted music is played in the game world, through car radios etc. But the team behind the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077 have eased that concern for their upcoming game.

Twitch variety broadcaster DansGaming asked the developers whether the game would have a “streamer mode” that would allow creators the “option to mute Copyrighted Music that is licensed for the game so content creators don’t get DMCAs.”

The team replied that while there are more details to come in the near future, “our soundtrack has been created from the scratch – this includes all tracks from the numerous artists we work with. Their music has been made specifically for our game making this a bit smoother hopefully.”


This is no doubt a huge relief to both creators and the developers, as streamers will be able to dive into what looks to be one of the biggest games of the year worry-free, and devs will be able to benefit from the amazing community that can emerge thanks to streamers.

Streamer DrLupo praised the developers, saying “they gave the go-ahead to content creators, they’re f**king smart, they made it all [the music].”


CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world action-adventure RPG, set in the dystopian Night City, and is due to release on November 19.

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