Members of the online group, Alpha House Boys have been called out by fellow TikTok users, who claim that several creators are pretending to be gay on their TikTok accounts, while maintaining to be straight on their main accounts.
The allegations essentially boil down to queer-baiting – a marketing ploy used to bait and tease queer individuals into watching a particular shows or engaging with particular content.
— Alpha House🏡 (@alphahouseboys) January 7, 2021
One such creator “Spence McManus” who has 140,000 Instagram followers and over 1 million on TikTok not only presents as heterosexual on his main account, but also makes several references to his girlfriend in his posts.
Separate Straight And Queer Accounts
According to TikTok user, Barrett Pall, these creators maintain “straight” accounts and separate “queer” accounts to pander to LGBTQI audiences.
A public post by Pall calling out these creators for being “gay for pay”, has gained over 230,000 views and almost 40,000 likes. Pall shared screen shots of these conflicting accounts.
@barrettpallI will not be making many more videos but this boils my blood. ##fy ##fyp ##FerragamoLetsDance ##DontSpillChallenge♬ Spongebob – Dante9k
Pall, a self-confessed ‘life coach’ who regularly posts content related to the LGBTQ community, said in his post “”I am so angry right now!”
“[The creators] are pretending to be gay to pander to an entire other audience and make money off our lived experience,” he alleged, adding that “[it’s] possibly one of the grossest things I’ve seen on this app.”
Not limiting his attack to just the creators, Pall then accused TikTok of “targeting queer creators and kicking them off the app” but said TikTok is allowing this group “to do whatever they want.”
While many have agreed with Pal that far from the issue being about someone’s sexuality (because who really cares in 2021?), is that the actions of Alpha House Boys reeks of exploitation and of cashing in on the pink dollar and the LGBTQI community.\
Alpha House Boys Hit Back
However, some members of Alpha House Boys have not held back in their scathing appraisal of Pall’s actions, including creator Mitchell Hale, who posts under the account @BroEaston.
“It’s a guy calling out people he doesn’t even know, and telling them what their sexuality is,” Hale said.
@broeastonI’m beyond fed up with @barrettpall before you claim to know peoples sexuality’s please do more research ##gay ##loveislove love you so much @seffbreezy♬ original sound – BroEaston
“We face enough hate as it is from the straight community, and it’s even worse when it’s hate coming from the community that you belong to.”
The Alpha House Boys are yet to publicly address the criticism levelled at the collective’s main account This latest scandal comes just a week after if it was revealed that athletes competing in the Olympic Games had in recent weeks been targeted and outed by TikTok and Twitter users who exploited Grindr’s explore feature to hone in on the Tokyo Olympic village and posting videos of users profiles on the social media platform.