67% of American teenagers use TikTok. Sixty-two percent are on Instagram. And 95% use YouTube, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center. While the effects of the constant use of social media are alarming, the messages young people are internalizing on these platforms are equally concerning, grooming them to become future Democratic Party voters.
While the Twitter user TikTok Libs has shed light on the pervasive ideologies, such as critical theory, that indoctrinate young people about the Chinese Communist Party-influenced app, little attention has been paid to Instagram – mecca of the influencer class – and celebrities pushing Democratic Party propaganda about worshiping, unsuspecting fans.
Example: Hailey Bieber.
The model and wife of pop musician Justin Bieber last week took advantage of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to peddle dangerous false election information on her skincare brand’s Instagram account — because to ‘do’ as celebrities these days apparently have to own a skincare or beauty line.
In a multi-slide post posted to Rhode Skin’s nearly 700,000 followers (and reposted to Bieber’s personal Instagram account of 50 million followers), Bieber used the federal holidays as an excuse to push his leftist politics and put highlight the exit of the Democrats. -voting groups:
while there are many ways to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of dr. martin luther king jr., at rhode we do this by continuing to take action on issues important to dr. king’s legacy through at work at the rhode futures foundation. and yet, over the past decade, we have seen an erosion of our voting rights. the Voting Rights Act – a landmark federal law intended to ban racial discrimination in voting – continues to be gutted. in 2022. Partisan party groups have filed a record 23 democracy-related lawsuits challenging election results, attacking mail-in voting and attempting to undermine election administration, according to a new Democracy Docket report. these efforts are a threat to our democracy.
Notice that Bieber explicitly frames the election integrity debate through a racial lens, as Democrats are wont to do. There is no mention that it is actually the Democrats who are seeking to undermine the Voting Rights Act with legislation that would use the power of the federal government to override voter ID laws, replacing ” King’s laudable goal of ending racial discrimination through the completely partisan goal of advancing liberal political candidates.
The Democrats’ legislation would also expand the definition of suffrage violations to include not just intentional discrimination, but also what they deem to be disparate outcomes. This means that any type of voting requirement or practice intended to ensure election integrity could be struck down by the courts or the federal government for alleged racial discrimination.
In addition to the brand’s blatant fear campaign over imagined racism and boosting hugely problematic mail-in voting, which makes it easier for Democrats to harvest ballots, Rhode Skin associates Republican-led election integrity efforts , including electoral challenges, to a threatening “democracy”. Last time I checked, contest the election results and have a system to do so, reinforces the democratic process since the candidates have the possibility of repairing the allegations of interference or electoral fraud.
Next, the brand recommended that its followers support several left-leaning groups: Black Voters Matter Fund (“dedicated to expanding black voter engagement and increasing progressive power”), Democracy Docket (Russian hoax and Democratic attorney Marc Elias’ blog on his fight against election integrity efforts) and I Am a Voter (a “nonpartisan” nonprofit that allows young people to register to vote – aka, expands the electoral base of the Democratic Party).
That Bieber via Rhode Skin collaborates with such blatantly partisan organizations shows just how good the Democratic Party is at recruiting celebrities and fashionable brands to peddle their propaganda to young people. In the 2020 presidential election, Taylor Swift, the world-famous pop star and darling of Gen Z and millennial women, openly campaigned for Joe Biden. At the Democratic National Convention that same year, the party brought in stars Billie Eilish, Maggie Rogers and Common to literally sing Biden’s praises and influence young people.
Using celebrities and their enormous influence on young people via social media is just one part of the Democratic Party’s plan to control the flow of information from Hollywood, pop culture and the media and to shape the electorate. As Molly Ball wrote in her article “The Secret Story of the Ghost Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election”, which was an open admission that Democrats rigged the 2020 election:
That’s why participants want the secret story of the 2020 election to be told, even if it sounds like a paranoid fever dream – a well-funded cabal of powerful people, spanning all sectors and ideologies, working together behind the scenes. to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, direct media coverage and control the flow of information. They weren’t rigging the elections; they fortified it. And they believe that the public must understand the fragility of the system in order to ensure the survival of democracy in the United States.
The article goes on to detail the campaign’s ideological capture on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok during the presidential race. This is likely having the strongest effects among young people, a key voting bloc for Democrats, who have multiple initiatives aimed at turning them into party-loyal apparatchiks. And it pays. According to exit polls, two-thirds of Gen Z voters supported House Democrats in the last midterm elections. As such, the Democrats are sure to stick to this strategy of dominating social media with their cultural and political propaganda through their most loyal influencers and celebrities, like Hailey Bieber, throughout 2024 and beyond.
My advice to parents: make sure you talk to your kids about politics before their favorite celebrities or social media influencers do.
Victoria Marshall is a staff writer for The Federalist. His writing has appeared in the New York Post, National Review and Townhall. She graduated from Hillsdale College in May 2021 with a major in politics and a minor in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @vemrshll.