A local Key West Woman was offended by something she read on Facebook this past Saturday. Liz Whitmire, who’s resided in Key West since 2019, said she noticed something with which she disagreed on her feed and immediately called the offender out by tagging 12 friends she knew would agree with what she had to say.
“I’ve been here for almost two years, so I’m a local who understands the culture and changes we face here in Key West,” Whitmire said. “When someone says something I disagree with or disprove of, I feel it’s my duty to call them out and shame them in a public forum.”
Whitmire says the post was shared by someone she thought she had blocked years ago, but they resurfaced on Saturday with a surprising post that was adamantly in contrast to her political ideology.
“I try to surround myself with people who believe exactly what I believe,” said Whitmire. “This way, I never have to be challenged or consider anything beyond my own scope of understanding about other people in this world.”
Whitmire doesn’t believe the perpetrator, who had the audacity to post their own beliefs on social media, will make the same mistake twice.
“Before I blocked them, I let them know I was going to block them, just so they knew,” said Whitmire. “After that, I tagged everyone I knew and asked them to stop doing business with the guy. I made sure not to block him until I was satisfied that enough people had weighed in and attacked him as well. He needed to learn a lesson.”
Currently, the man who posted his thoughts is likely facing foreclosure on his home and financial ruin due to the cancel culture attacks on his business, which provides food for needy children.
“I don’t care who you are. If you choose to make what I consider offensive posts about something I disagree with, then you need to be dealt with,” said Whitmire. “Sure, he’s a father of four, but his children need to realize who their father is and what he’s up to on social media. And making an opposing viewpoint is not going to be tolerated on my watch.”
Whitmire explained that she views social media as a “social weapon” for justice — as long as she agrees with what someone has to say. To date, she has attacked over 34 people on Facebook and had several of them suspended from the site.
“Once I find someone I disagree with on Facebook, I also check their Twitter and Instagram accounts,” said Whitmire. “I also look to see if they are on Tik Tok, but I rarely find someone I disagree with that uses Tik Tok.”
Whitmire hopes others will follow her lead and cancel out those who disagree with her around Key West. She says that all locals, like her, should do everything they can to shape the island they love before moving away in a few years.