The niche areas of TikTok are probably much better known than the sweeping TikToks on social justice are, but beyond frogtok, witchtok, and even beantok, Gen Z and Millennial users in particular have been using the app to raise awareness for several issues in our society, particularly over the last year or so. Whether through humor or just straight facts, TikTokers are using their videos to keep viewers focused and motivated to create change and inform others.
we’re the generation of change♬ original sound - aisha
Some of these TikToks got creative, with point-of-view narratives set to a remix of Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” and “Congratulations” by Post Malone to illustrate just how much injustice exists in society today, starting after last year's resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.
LGBTQ+ users also kept celebrating Pride long after June, whether using humor to advocate for trans acceptance, or showcasing the joy in their love with rainbows galore.
Even music can be used for a little social justice humor. A trend of TikToks set to “Bare Necessities” from The Jungle Book call out people who do what's considered the bare minimum and expect to be lauded for it (because asking for consent shouldn’t earn you a gold medal!).
that’s the bare minimum-♬ The Bare Necessities - Hal Leonard
Sexist behavior is condemned by some TikTok users, who refuse to let respect for womxn die out with the #MeToo movement. They show the importance of being an active bystander, believing survivors, and generally being an ally to womxn everywhere.
With the surge of Black Lives Matter protests, Black people and BLM allies have taken to the app to keep the movement going. Black TikTokers often used humor to articulate their experiences, while BLM allies educate with metaphors to help those who benefit from privilege understand.
Of course, essential workers are having a ball with TikTok as well, whether it’s a fast food worker poking fun at their own job, or having respect for the USPS (the backbone of this country, tbh). With last summer's struggles, it sure needed a little TikTok love.
A lot of the uglier sides of society have been exposed – or perhaps, further exposed – over the last couple of years. If we can laugh off some of the stress and inform each other with TikTok, then please, post away!