A TikTok star who gained notoriety for sharing Osama bin Laden's "Letter to America" has addressed the uproar around her post, saying that viewers should be allowed to see the video and draw their own conclusions.
Multiple people have criticized Lynette Adkins, the pro-Palestinian internet celebrity and activist, who was eventually removed from TikTok over the contentious issue, as Fox News reported.
Months after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that sparked a U.S. war against the Islamic terror group, al-Qaeda's head wrote a letter to the United States.
TikTok users blasted the United States' longstanding backing of Israel in widely shared videos, with one user even suggesting that bin Laden's letter "was right."
Fox News asked the embattled content creator for comment. Her full remarks follow below:
"I read the letter after some other creators shared it and was surprised because I never knew it existed. I posted it to my page so others could read it as well," Adkins said.
"I did not share the letter to promote any form of hate or violence against anyone, nor do I agree with the extremism in it," she added.
The influencer went on to assert that she was "just shocked" after reading the letter and "wanted to have a conversation about it" with her followers.
"I was 3 in 2001 and was always taught 9/11 happened because other people were jealous of our democracy in the U.S, BLANK went on "Now that I'm older and am able to learn about history beyond the narrative of mainstream media, I'm realizing that there is more to the story," Adkins noted.
"I think we all deserve a right to access the information being presented to us & form our own conclusions without subscribing to extreme or radical ideologies," she concluded.
Growing Calls to Ban TikTok
In light of recent inflammatory and anti-American indications of support for a letter made by bin Laden even as the Israel-Hamas conflict rages on, one Republican lawmaker has reiterated calls to ban the social media app TikTok in the United States altogether.
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) claimed that those praising bin Laden's letter "are, of course, massive idiots."
"I just came from watching the footage that the Israeli Embassy compiled about the Oct. 7 attack. It is horrific," he told the Washington Examiner.
"You are seeing Salafi jihadists, Hamas in this case, but al Qaeda was a Salafi Jihadist organization, kill babies, behead innocent civilians with garden hoes. These images are very disturbing and show the true face of evil," Gallagher said.