Kelley Mills: Utah TikToker confronts group using Nazi flag to protest Covid vaccine
One of the protesters compared Covid-19 vaccine mandates with the way Nazis forced Jews with 'what to eat, what to drink, what to smoke'
A viral video shared on TikTok showed a group in Salt Lake City, Utah, hoisting a Nazi flag with a Swastika made of syringes to protest Covid-19 vaccine mandates.
Kelley Mills, whose TikTok handle is @imnotcryingshutup, shared the clip with her followers on Sunday, October 3. The video, which has since garnered millions of views, showed her spotting the controversial flag on the street alongside a few people who were also hoisting the US flag and some anti-vaccine posters. According to the Daily Dot, Mills is located in Utah, where only a little over 50% of the state is fully inoculated.
“This is not happening in my neighborhood,” Mills is heard saying in the clip before she approaches the group. As she walks towards the protest, another man is heard blasting the usage of the offensive flag. “Yeah I do have a problem with it — why is it a Nazi flag?” he tells the group.
One of the protesters drew comparisons between strict Covid-19 vaccine guidelines and the way Nazis forced Jews with “what to eat, what to drink, what to smoke.” Another protester says the comparison is "reasonable."
“Do you consider yourself pro-life though?” Mills asks the protester. “I like living,” he responds. The TikToker argues that one couldn't be pro-life and anti-vaccine, but the man refutes the argument saying, "No, that’s what big pharma has taught us." He then appears to dismiss the polio vaccine and explains that people don’t get cholera anymore not because of the vaccine, but because they stopped defecating in public.
Mills then asks the man if he went to medical school or studied medicine, to which he says he tries to "educate himself". However, he insists he wouldn't go to a "big pharma medical school" and advises Mills to do more research on YouTube and “be more honest with yourself”. But Mills appears to laugh off the advice and tells the man she's "not gonna go do research on YouTube for something that is so out of your realm of knowledge".
The video then cuts to a different conversation where Mills asks the protester whether he understands why the Nazi flag is offensive to many people. “Free speech doesn’t have to be appeasing,” he responds, adding that he and the group were "of course" trying to be provocative hoisting the flag. Fellow TikTokers condemned the use of the Nazi flag in the comments section.
“Flying that flag should be reported and is considered a possible hate crime,” one TikTok user wrote. "That’s literally a hate symbol,” another added in reference to the controversial flag. “Yes big pharma bad, swastica (sic) good. Great logic bro,” a comment read.
Some Twitter users also blasted using the flag as a provocative device. "Rt winger 'We hate it when you Libtards call us Nazis.' Me 'Hey, douche, what's that on your flag...the one in front of your house?' Rt winger 'A swastika'," one joked.
"The best coverage came from TikTok journalism. KSL and Dnews just treat it as an offensive protest rather than the batshit, numpty-nuts spewing garbage because the UT governor won't knuckle under," another commented.
Rt winger 'We hate it when you Libtards call us Nazis.'— Totally Fucking Gay (@TotalFuckGay) October 5, 2021
Me 'Hey, douche, what's that on your flag...the one in front of your house?'
Rt winger 'A swastika.' https://t.co/QJF9uFmWoe
The best coverage came from tiktok journalism. KSL and Dnews just treat it as an offensive protest rather than the batshit, numpty-nuts spewing garbage because the UT governor won't knuckle underhttps://t.co/SfIEBRBcl4— Mark Horstmeier (@solargroovy) October 5, 2021