Being in the public eye can be pretty terrifying for anyone. There will always be people who give you hate for literally anything you do, or even DM death threats if they don’t agree with you. This fear is even more real when you’re a member of a marginalized group. It can’t be easy being an online influencer having to worry about being targeted, but there are still some brave souls who put themselves online to get their message out to the world.
This is Kat Blaque. She’s a transgender YouTuber and content creator from Orange County. She’s taking the online world by storm.
Not to mention, she’s the coolest.
Kat started vlogging as a teenager in December of 2010, while she was a college student. She currently makes videos and writes about her experiences as a black transgender woman, among other topics. However, she didn’t start out with the views she currently holds…
Believe it or not, Kat used to be an anti-feminist herself, so she’s certainly seen both sides of the coin. “It’s funny because I used to say a lot of the things I spend all day criticizing other people for saying,” she said in a podcast episode entitled, “I Used to be an Anti-Feminist.” “I’ve recorded myself for so long that I get to see my little mess-ups in life,” she said.
Kat has a series she calls “True Tea,” where she answers fan questions about anything from her experiences as a trans woman to critiques of pop culture, to working in your dream job. Kat features True Tea on her YouTube channel, as well as in podcast-form.
Being a black transgender woman, Kat is certainly no stranger to receiving online hate. “That’s part of my daily existence,” she wrote in a Facebook post. She speaks about issues that affect her and people with similar experiences, which in turn angers some people.
Kat went through a scary situation in 2015 when an insurance agent named Kenneth repeatedly left her harassing comments on her social media handles. Kenneth called Kat a string of misogynistic and racist slurs. At one point, he commented that black culture was just “tearing things down.”
Kenneth took things way too far when he publicly threatened to rape Kat. Her fans investigated Kenneth’s Facebook page and other social media handles to find that much of his personal information was public. Misogyny and racism was a constant theme in his online persona. Against Kat’s wishes, fans began to send Kenneth harassment and negative reviews on his work and personal profiles.
Unfortunately, this just made Kenneth ramp up his harassment of Kat even more. He claimed that he had never posted a rape threat, and in another public post, he wrote, “It’s alright. You’ll get yours. Remember I’m a conservative, I like my guns.” He continued to post similarly terrifying death threats.
Kat wrote an article for Huffington Post, pointing out that Kenneth “very publicly has it written that he works for New York Life Insurance on his Facebook page and he very publicly leaves comments [like the former] which are, if you couldn’t already tell, death threats.”
For anyone wanting to claim that Kat’s fans “doxxed” Kenneth, just think about the fact that all of his personal information was already made very public by Kenneth himself.
One morning, Kat found out that Kenneth had been fired from his job due to her fans leaving negative reviews of him for his company - one of her fans had sent her a screenshot of an email from Kenneth's employer that read that he was “no longer affiliated with the company.” Justice had finally been served.
Throughout all of his online abuse, Kat still insists that she never intended to get Kenneth fired from his job. While most people in her position probably would’ve gotten defensive and resorted to blatant insults, Kat remained calm and collected throughout all of their online correspondence. She says it was her fans who really came to her aid and called Kenneth out for his bad behavior throughout the whole ordeal.
“I’ve dealt with a lot of jerks on my page, but Kenneth was in a league of his own,” Kat wrote. “He had threatened to rape me, shoot me and lynch me all because he disagreed with a status I made about political correctness.” Kat said that, again, while she never encouraged her fans to call Kenneth out or to get him fired, that it felt good that there were enough people that cared about her and wanted to defend her.
Through this whole ordeal, Kenneth continues to blame Kat and her fans for getting him fired from his job.
“Kenneth still truly believes that he was unjustly relieved of his job and still doesn’t see how what he did was wrong,” Kat wrote. “That’s scary. It’s unsettling to me that someone could do all of that and still not see it, but people like him are never that self-aware and will probably never see it.”
At the end of the day, Kat’s terrifying experience with an online bully just goes to show what marginalized people have to go through on a regular basis. “As a woman, I should never have tolerate and swallow threats of sexual violence,” she said.
Kat is making her mark in the online world by documenting her experiences and calling out hate. Regardless of the presence of people like Kenneth, Kat is here to stay and she’s not taking anyone’s crap.