TikToker Avani Reyes mocked after “copying” Gorilla Glue Girl for clout

Published: 17/Feb/2021 17:50

by Alice Hearing


A TikToker has been mocked for appearing to copy the original “Gorilla Glue Girl” incident for clout, after going through her own similar styling crisis.

Tessica Brown, know better known as the “Gorilla Glue Girl”, went viral on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter in early February after uploading a video of her explaining how she used Gorilla Glue spray instead of normal hairspray, showing off the disastrous results.

The internet blew the video up: in less than 24 hours, it reached over 5 million views and 1.4 million likes on TikTok. Now, after a GoFundMe campaign, she’s been to a hospital in Los Angeles for surgery to get it fixed.

Gorilla Glue is a waterproof adhesive known for its industrial strength and holding power
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Gorilla Glue is a waterproof adhesive known for its industrial strength and holding power. It is usually used on wood, stone and metal.

However, just days after the phenomenon, TikToker Avani Reyes, who has almost half a million followers, appeared to go through the exact same thing.

Posting several videos to TikTok, Avani panicked about the gorilla glue she had put in her hair, saying “I have no idea what to do, I’ve tried washing it, it doesn’t come off,” and even filmed herself having a panic attack, and going to the emergency room at the hospital.

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After trying and failing to remove the glue with coconut oil, Avani said she had decided to start a GoFundMe to raise money for surgery in LA, with one user allegedly donating $3,000 according to a comment. While there is currently no trace of the campaign on Avani’s social media, she claimed she had raised enough to fix her hair.

However, commenters were quick to accuse Avani of putting glue in her hair as a stunt to get views or money, something Tessica herself was also accused of. One person wrote “We don’t feel sorry for you,” while another added, “It’s the clout-chasing for me.”

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Avani was accused of putting Gorilla Glue in her hair for money and views.

Several others also accused Avani of doing it on purpose and wasting the time of nurses and doctors during a global health crisis.

Meanwhile, the incident has somehow become a trend on TikTok with many attempting to disprove the effectiveness of Gorilla Glueas or, conversely raising awareness of the dangers that come with using the adhesive on your body to deter people from doing it.


That Vegan Teacher responds to TikTok ban for alleged “community violations”

Published: 24/Feb/2021 0:48 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 0:50

by Jacob Hale


Notorious TikTok vegan That Vegan Teacher has created a video response after being banned on the platform for allegedly violating several community guidelines.

That Vegan Teacher, real name Kadie Karen Diekmeyer, has clocked up around 1.5m followers on the app and is known for her very firm vegan beliefs, which she frequently preaches on the app.

She’s also had several run-ins with other top names — including, notably, Minecraft sensation 16-year-old TommyInnit, whose fans bombarded her with hate comments after she suggested someone help him feel more comfortable around girls.

Now, after rumors that she had been arrested in January 2021 (which was proven false), she seems to have been banned from the app altogether.

ThatVeganTeacher on TikTok
TikTok: thatveganteacher
ThatVeganTeacher has been a divisive figure on TikTok.

Why was That Vegan Teacher banned on TikTok?

At the time of writing, there’s no clear explanation as to why That Vegan Teacher has been banned on TikTok, with neither her nor TikTok coming out with an explanation.

While the reason hasn’t been confirmed, a disclaimer on her TikTok profile suggests it’s due to multiple Community Guidelines violations.

This could be any number of things, so it’s impossible to speculate on what exactly the violations could be, and we’ll have to wait for official confirmation before reporting it. According to TikTok’s guidelines though, her misdemeanor could fall under any of these categories:

  • Violent extremism
  • Hateful behavior
  • Illegal activities and regulated goods
  • Violent and graphic content
  • Suicide, self harm and dangerous acts
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Adult nudity and sexual activities
  • Minor safety
  • Integrity and authenticity
  • Platform security
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That Vegan Teacher’s TikTok now shows no followers, likes or posts.

That Vegan Teacher has in the past had her videos reacted to by top celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay, who didn’t seem her biggest fan, and Russell Brand for her divisive takes.

That Vegan Teacher responds to her TikTok ban

A short time later, That Vegan Teacher created a video response to the situation, which she uploaded to YouTube with all comments and likes/dislikes turned off.

In her video, the controversial TikToker accused her critics of being “scared” of telling kids “the truth” about veganism, and alleged that her ban was the work of “veganphobic” users. In her video description, she also alleged that her home had been “attacked” by critics, who left “dead animal parts” on her front door and – even purportedly doxed her personal information.

That’s not all; some TikTokers believe that Vegan Teacher may have started using a new TikTok account, although these rumors have yet to be fully verified at the time of writing.

Previously, she has drawn comparisons between animal cruelty and atrocities such as the Holocaust, which is likely a large contributor to why TikTok users would report her and the platform would ultimately kick her off.