In a recent TikTok posted by lifestyle and comedy content creator @Kel_Morgan, or just Kel, she highlights a particularly concerning moment of her life as she records a man cutting up her rainbow pride flag. Kel is a proud and open member of the LGBT community, which seemingly was never a problem until a man climbed onto her second-story balcony to cut down the pride flag she had hanging. Kel has over 100 thousand followers, so the video went viral somewhat quickly, and right now it stands with over one million views.
In the caption, she highlights how scary this was, noting that she is a woman living alone. “This could have been scary. This is why we need pride.” Although the man handed her the flag when she asked him what he was doing, and there was no other issue, it was still a terrifying moment for the creator. In the comments, many agreed that this was worrisome, especially since she was on the second floor. Many hoped that she would press charges, with one commenter writing that “that is the destruction of property and is technically considered a hate crime.”
In a follow-up video, she says that they were maintenance workers and she was not informed they would be on the balcony. Not everyone believed this, and advised her to not believe it either, and said that it does not excuse them for cutting her pride flag down. If they needed the flag down, they most likely would have requested it instead of cutting it down themselves. Although some thought this story was sketchy, others believed it and requested she did not get this man fired, writing “ he’s obviously there to paint the exterior. Don’t get this dude fired over doing his job. Property managers are the ones at fault here.”
Either way, many agreed that maintenance workers should not touch, move, or destroy your things in general unless absolutely necessary, which would not be the case here since Kel was home and would have been able to move the flag if needed. Many agreed that it was an example of homophobia and still urged her to report it to the police.