- Some unvaccinated people call themselves “pure blood” on TikTok.
- People have used the hashtags #purebloods and #unvaxxed and stated that they want to be known by the former term.
- The term comes from the series “Harry Potter” and refers to families with an unmixed wizarding family.
In a nod to the “Harry Potter” series, some unvaccinated call themselves “pure blood” on TikTok.
People have started using the hashtags #purebloods and #unvaxxed on the sharing platform and say they will be known by the former term. In JK Rowling’s books, the word “pure blood” is used for wizard families with a “pure” bloodline or an unmixed descent who have never married non-magical people. It also comes with a darker connotation of superiority over those whose bloodlines are a mixture of magical and non-magical ancestry.
A prominent TikToker, conservative influencer Lyndsey Marie, last week posted a video with the attached hashtags.
“From now on, I refuse to be referred as unvaccinated. I want everyone now to call me pure blood,” wrote Marie, who has 27,900 TikTok followers.
Another TikTok user with the ID “drakapuffdaddy” expressed his admiration for the term in a separate video.
“Man, are you pure blood? Yes, I’m pure blood,” he said in the video. “No more ‘immature’ – pure blood!”
Other TikTok users simply put the word “pure blood” over videos of themselves.
Tiktok users who called themselves “pure blood” in the TikTok videos above did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider.
The darker connotations of the word ‘pure blood’
In the “Harry Potter” series, prominent “pure-blooded” families like Malfoys and Lestranges adapted to Lord Voldemort and demanded a period of terror in the wizarding world.
The significance of non-“pure blood”, which is perceived as less, was also made clear in a famous exchange between Harry Potter and his childhood nemesis, “pure blood” scion Draco Malfoy.
During the exchange, Malfoy calls Potter’s friend, Hermione Granger, a “dirty little mud blood,” a derogatory sludge for descendants of non-wizards.
Rowling’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider regarding the use of the word “pure blood” to describe the unvaccinated.
The trend is emerging at a time when America is struggling with an increase in COVID-19 infections and more contagious variants of the virus, such as Delta and Mu.
A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that unvaccinated Americans were 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than vaccinated Americans. The CDC also found that unvaccinated people accounted for 84% of the deaths recorded in the United States from June to July this year. The results of this study support a statement from CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in July when she called COVID-19 a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
According to The New York Times’ COVID-19 vaccine tracker, at least 63% of the people eligible to take the vaccine in the United States have received a dose. Only 54% of the vaccinated U.S. population has been fully vaccinated.