TikTok Teens Laugh, Cry At The Idea of A Mike Pence Presidency

With the Trump presidency in more chaos than ever, teens are working through their anxiety about the future through TikTok. Users are sharing videos on the platform making fun of a potential Pence presidency, with the hashtags #Pence and #MikePence trending. Honestly, it’s kind of heartbreaking to see folks working through their fears through humor, but let’s face it—thinking about conversion therapy, gay camps, and a draft is frightening, and sometimes we need to laugh just to make it through the day.

One popular video on TikTok shows a teen taking a “state test after the impeachment.” Uploaded by user @b.caelyn, the video plays Taylor Swift’s “Should’ve Said No”—and just as soon as the chorus comes in, the user answers “yes” to being LGBTQ+.

@b.caèlynI hope no ones done this yet😂 #mikepence #justajoke #impeached #takeajoke #mikepencecamp #LGBTQ♬ Should’ve Said No – Taylor Swift


Another by user @idiotgingerlesbian shows a teen dancing in her room with the caption “me and my gay rights celebrating the trump impeachment.” She looks pretty thrilled as Rihanna’s song “Please Don’t Stop The Music” plays in the background. Then, she stops, stares, and points, the words MIKE PENCE highlighted above her as the lyrics “I wanna take you away” are heard.

@idiotgingerlesbianistg if tiktok takes this down for a third time 🤦‍♀️ #foryou #mikepence #camp #trump #impeachment #gayrights #lgbtq #fyp♬ Chest to chest – BoyB0T


Pence, who has been a vocal supporter of gay conversion therapy and is opposed to same-sex marriage, would pose a threat to freedoms that the LGBTQ+ community currently enjoys. And though the TikTok teens are making fun of Pence and his homophobic policies, there is a real concern that LGBTQ+ rights would be rolled back under a Pence presidency, as they have under Trump’s presidency.

Most of the “President Pence” TikToks make fun of the idea of “gay camp” and how that might look—complete with more than a few references to electroshock therapy. So yeah, disturbing.

@boochiequeenWhen you can’t go to Pence’s summer camp because of band camp 🙁 #marchingband #marchingbandlife #marchingbandmeme #gay #mikepence #pencecamp♬ Трагедия 😥 – wweagleweagle
@erikthefaguetteWelcome fellow Campers! #pence #gay #camp #fyp #foryou #foryourpage #drivethebus #mikepence #gayboy #lgbt♬ Wait a Minute! – Willow

@corvidkidim straight I swear #fyp#meme#pence#winterishere#pride#panpride#conversiontherapy#xmasballin♬ Jake Truempers PewDiePie Congratulations Mix – stake44

@rehab.enrolleeHas this been done? #pence #fyp #scienceismagic♬ Want U Back – Cher Lloyd

@_hboican’t wait! #summercamp2020 #pence #gay #lgbt #gayboy #meme #memes♬ original sound – itspatman

If you’re worried, let these TikTok teens remind you that, while the future might be scary and uncertain, we can always try our best to cope and resist in small ways.