A YouTuber who shares Q-Anon conspiracy theories says that critics have made her life hell, and she’s suffering and under attack. She believes it’s a conspiracy to protect pedophiles — by taking down her online shop that violated the terms of service of the platform.
Q-Anon is a conspiracy group that ties child sex trafficking — a very real crime — to wide-ranging conspiracies from anti-LGBTQ propaganda to political connections without evidence, to a bizarre (and false!) claim that a furniture company is covering up the sale of children by overpricing pillows and giving storage cabinets female names. As unbelievable as that is, like many Q-Anon falsehoods, it flew around the internet, as can be seen in this BBC report.
The obvious danger of conspiracy theories is that they detract from focus on real phenomenon — people who are busy looking for pedophiles ordering cabinets from Wayfair might not be paying sufficient attention to, say, people in powerful positions credibly charged with rape of children. The less obvious danger can be seen in a past Q-Anon incident, in which a believer showed up at a pizza shop with a gun, because he believed he was going to rescue kids who were victims of a sex trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton. Esquire has a more complete write-up on that here.
The result of this is that some platforms are starting to recognize Q-Anon as a danger, and ban its content.
That’s a long story to get to Lik Crokin, but here she is. Her Shopify page, where she sells Q-Anon gear, was shut down, because Shopify has rules for users of its platform, and her conspiracy merch violated those rules.
Or, to put it as Crokin sees it, she’s the victim of targeted attacks on her health, home security, and ability to make a living.
This is all about, not silencing Liz Crokin, it’s about silencing the voices for the children. I am a voice for these victims, and when they attack me they’re actually attacking these children, and at the same point in time, they’re sticking up for, and they’re protecting and defending the pedophiles. So that’s what the whole Shopify thing is all about.
(Incidentally, if you’re wondering about her assertion that her fingers were “decapitated,” she posted a video in 2018 explaining that, while her fingers were injured in a surfing accident, it might have actually happened because Hillary Clinton cast a spell or curse on her.)
Shopify, on the other hand, gave Crokin a reason for taking down her shop — a reason she shared publicly.
As Right Wing Watch reports, Crokin still has a store on Etsy, making it possible to still see the merchandise that earned her a ban. Her Etsy shop is actually named “Q by Liz Crokin,” removing any doubts about the intended focus.
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