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People Are Sharing All Their Most Controversial Hot Takes On TikTok, And It’s Chaos

Hot takes without the context, nuance, justification. So chaotic. So freeing.

#NoNuanceNovember has got TikTok users sharing their controversial opinions with no explanation, context, or justification. An opinion as an opinion. And frankly, it feels so freeing.

Started by user @abolish_ice the TikTok trend leans heavily into anarchist energy. On the 2nd of November, they decided to post a hot take each day, limiting them to one sentence with no nuance, saying they will not be making comments or explaining themself. “Y’all can discuss amongst yourselves.”

Needless to say the hashtag has taken off — it currently has almost 24.4 million views. It’s giving teens an outlet to express their views without the pressure and backlash that can come with doing so on social media platforms. In a month of heightened political discourse due to the US elections, months of civil unrest, and the world basically falling apart, it feels like a welcome escape.

And people have been taking full advantage and being as chaotic as you could expect.

Here are some of my favourites, and no, I will not be explaining why.

Usually saying something lacks nuance is a powerful way to call something stupid, one-dimensional, devoid of any critical thought. By association, the person with an un-nuanced opinion has been seen as stupid, one-dimensional, and devoid of any critical thought too. And while nuance is important because most things in this world are not black or white, opinions like the above have tended to attract detractors who have insisted that a terrible situation is in fact nuanced, and therefore not that terrible.

For example: @waitwhatsorry’s take is that “non-profit organisations are one of the most egregious perpetrators of staff exploitation”.

Someone may come along and say to that “well, but they’re doing really important work and pointing this out could take away from that” or “they’re non-profit so they don’t have enough money to pay their staff properly”. This kind of thing has been seen recently in Australia, where numerous accounts of staff exploitation in non-profits have been revealed. A primary reason that it took many of the people now speaking out so long to take their story public is because they felt guilty about, or thought they would be attacked for getting in the positive work that these non-profits are doing.

But are organisations really doing good work if they’re exploiting their staff who is responsible for said work? Can their ‘good work’ be used as a justification for the treatment of staff?

That’s why openly saying such opinions, without adding nuance, and having to defend and explain yourself can be liberating. Leaning into the no nuance has become a political statement in itself.

People on twitter are also getting in on the action, with some equally hot takes of their own:

Keep them coming!!