A frequent direct message (DM) I receive on Instagram is some version of this: “I come here for design posts and to see your life in France. Stop posting political stuff.”
My Instagram content is different than my Twitter content. On Twitter, where I have 112k followers (a fairly even mix of men and women), I mostly use the platform to amplify voices I appreciate. I end up retweeting a ton of political stuff, and some tweets that make me laugh. On Instagram, where I have 129k followers (90% women), I share more personal content like house renovations, vacations, and updates about my family. I share political thoughts sometimes on Instagram too — I regularly highlight tweets on Instagram Stories because I know the majority of my Instagram followers don’t use Twitter and are missing out on some excellent Twitter conversations — but politics is maybe 20% of my content on Instagram.
The DMs I receive, demanding I stop talking about politics, are without exception from vocal Trump supporters, or from people who claim to be independent, but based on their profiles, will very likely vote for Trump and are ashamed to admit it. My response to those DMs:
I do not create content for you.
Not only will I not stop posting about politics, I also want to prevent you from reading any of my content. It makes me sick to my stomach that you, a Trump supporter, ever read or watch or listen to anything I’ve created.
I see what you are trying to do. You want me to treat you like a decent human being. But you are not behaving like a decent human being. A decent person doesn’t align themself with people who believe viral right-wing conspiracy stories on Facebook over well-researched articles written by trained journalists. A decent person doesn’t align themself with people who think Q is real, who think the pandemic is fake, who think the earth is flat.
A decent person doesn’t align themself with people who proudly drive through the streets yelling, “White Power!”, who insist America doesn’t have a racism problem. A decent person doesn’t align themself with people who weep and faint over celebrity-baby-eating-rings that don’t exist, but support the ICE family separations at the border that do exist, and horribly lead to child…