Twitter is reacting to a recent viral TikTok mocking principals that eerily resembles those created by a well-known black creator on the app.
Creator @heytonytv has made a name for himself on TikTok for his comedy sketches. He has garnered over 3 million followers for his school administrator character. The character wears a curly brown wig and woman’s pantsuit while carrying a clipboard, beeping walkie-talkie, and most importantly, a huge bunch of keys.
The character of the school administrator, who constantly rings the keys and sneers out loud, is probably related to most people who have gone to public school. Schools even invited @heytonytv to film his character.
On Wednesday, a Twitter user with the username @_jadorececexo posted one of @benjixavier’s school principal videos, “When I tell you [Black] people can’t do ANYTHING. I really mean it, ”the user wrote.
The main character from the school of @benjixavier does an over-the-top version of the “front office women walk” (which was popularized on TikTok by @snarkymarky), rings a bunch of keys and holds a beeping walkie talkie. The video posted last week has 4.8 million likes and 36.7 million views compared to the similar video @heytonytv posted in March, which has over 755,000 likes and 5.5 million views.
@benjixavier started posting their lead character on March 13 with the concept of ‘main observation class’. The @heytonytv video of the school administrator observing the class was also posted on March 13. It’s worth noting that @heytonytv started her character in February. Both TikTokers are represented by Otter Influence, an art agency for the creators of TikTok.
Many, including TikTok creator Boman Martinez-Reid (@bomanizer) responded to the recent appeal tweet and pointed out that the main character was stolen. “Everything black creators do on this app is plagiarized,” Martinez-Reid wrote. “And it’s never funnier.”
“What’s maddening about this is people eat in the comments… it gives Cadillac Car…” commented the creator online @TheKalenAllen.
“How do you copy something so funny frame by frame and make it so deeply not funny,” Twitter user @the_iron_chic said.
The Daily Dot has reached out to @heytonytv via email and @benjixavier via TikTok for comment.
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* First published: Sep 24, 2021, 6:21 p.m. CDT
Liza Bautista is a reporting intern for the Daily Dot. She recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College and is based in New York City. His work has been published in iD, Decider and the Interlude.