Because its not a contradiction…to them.
Let me explain. (Disclaimer: this is one optimistic take, by a Gen Z kid. I’m not condoning their behavior)
Gen Z humor means to things: the style of jokes and the pattern. The style is generally what older generations find confusing, but the pattern is more important.
Om byte, we had a progression from “This app sucks.” To “This isnt funny”. “There are so many millennials” “Millennials aren’t funny” “Millennials should leave” “Bully them off” “Kill all millennials”
Each step was lead by one or two but accepting by the masses as a ‘joke’. Now, some people will say they legitimately like just bullying millennials.
The fairy comments/heart no etc.are just part of the culture of tiktok. The thing is; it doesnt really have a place here. So they stopped doing it on each other.
It adapted to be able to be used against OG byters, as we’ve only seen it maybe a couple times in a screenshot or article.
I too, hate the contradiction. So many post talk about how its such a safe space were they can feel like posting anything; when they have taken that away from so many people. That is how I felt about byte 48 hours ago.
I’ve gotten a mixed bag; on one hand my humor isn’t really for most of gen z- otherwise, I would have been on tiktok. On the other, i’m not a mileannail. Plus, I found most the comments funny, and will basically always quip back (something I don’t exactly recommend, but in my experince it useally helps. I’ve talked people into followers, apoligies and in one case, a legit friendship on Instagram)
Again, does that make calling every person older than 24 a pedo okay? No. But its about pushing the line of what is and isn’t funny.
It’s a meme, and memes die eventually.