Nov 10, 2021
31: Cult Survivor TikTok (ft. Elizabeth Hunter)
Sometimes, the algorithm is… good? For people with very specific experiences — like surviving a cult — social media can be a place of connection and healing. Elizabeth Hunter went viral on TikTok for talking about her experiences growing up in a fundamentalist cult, and now, she’s the named plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Department of Education — it’s a long story, but we have it all for you here on your favorite internet culture podcast! We also confront Elizabeth about the awful way in which she cuts avocados and talk about how going viral has impacted her life.
Trigger warning for discussions of child abuse and sexual assault. Here are some timestamps to avoid if you wanna steer clear:
15:10 - 15:25
Elizabeth’s TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thatlizhunter
Elizabeth’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thatlizhunter/
Elizabeth’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTxpivxeCjK6i9RSBS9vMGg
Elizabeth in Teen Vogue: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/lgbtq-students-sue-religious-schools-discrimination
Elizabeth in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/christian-colleges-lawsuit-lgbtq-equality-act/2021/03/29/39343620-90af-11eb-9668-89be11273c09_story.html
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