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[Feature] “It’s me… Parlertakes!”

[Feature] “It’s me… Parlertakes!”

*Editor’s Note: Twitter has many anonymous and parody accounts. In fact, I run an anonymous account of my own (which is less and less anonymous…but that is a whole different story. Parlertakes burst into the Twittersphere in November of 2020 and has quickly accumulated almost 400,000 followers. So how does an ordinary person achieve such widespread attention? We let Parlertakes tell you themselves in a full-length story written by the owner of the account:

When I started this whole thing, it was just a joke. I thought Parler had some weird stuff on it, so I thought it’d be funny to screenshot a few things and troll around Twitter. That was on November 22, 2020, and two and a half months later, my account has hit nearly 400,000 followers. 

(Photo Illustration by Thiago Prudêncio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

I never intended things to be this way. All I knew is that I had a lot of resentment and ire built up against the whole MAGA movement, and this gave me some sort of outlet for that. I remember scrolling through Parler and wondering if all the “Parlerphiles” were joking or if they were serious. Some of the posts were just hilariously misinformed. But some were dark, twisted, and violent. Parler was like a mosh pit of “patriots” slamming headfirst into each other in a dimly lit dungeon, drunk on disinformation and misinformation. 

So, who am I? I’ve had people question me from both sides of the aisle. I understand the wariness. I’m a random anonymous account that sprung up out of nowhere. So, let me provide you with a little background of who I am (minimally for my personal security reasons). I grew up in a Christian household, with loving parents. There’s a lot that’s happened to push me away from Christianity, but that’s a whole different story. Anyways, I’ve traveled the world, and I plan to continue once we gain control over this pandemic. I love playing the guitar, searching for good coffee, and snowboarding. Wait, is this beginning to sound like a dating app profile? LOL. I’ll stop here then.

As my account grew and garnered attention from a variety of people, I began to see Parlertakes as a vehicle for change. Amidst all the chaos and despair that we’ve gone through, humor is a beautiful thing. Sure, I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, but everyone’s destined to offend someone at any given point. I also want to amplify messages that I see as important. We have big problems in this country right now, and it’s a core tenet of mine to see to it that certain messages be heard.

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Wherever this goes, just know this: If you’re on the side of democracy and rebuilding America’s standing at home and across the world, we’re on the same team. Let’s #BuildBackBetter.

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