Tila Tequila was the first true social media superstar of the internet age but her bizarre descent into one of the weirdest trolls on the internet has seen her join the list of alt-right personalities banished from Twitter.
A former social media giant — it’s a world that is increasingly uncomfortable with her.
She was once the most popular person on arguably the first social media platform MySpace where she boasted nearly two million followers. But since then it’s become increasingly weird for the 35-year-old.
From adult movies, to an underwhelming singing career, to a successful reality TV show, to becoming a pro Nazi internet troll, the Vietnamese American who was born in Singapore has enjoyed a life seemingly addicted to the spotlight.
The avid Trump supporter who inexplicably embraced Nazism in recent years and calls herself the “alt-reich queen” has had her account deleted after attending a white nationalist event in Washington over the weekend.
During the alt-right National Policy Institute conference she posted a photo alongside other attendees doing the notorious salute of Hitler’s Third Reich.
It seems to be the straw that broke the camel’s back for Twitter, which has consistently pledged to police trolling and hate speech on the platform. But it’s hardly the worst thing she has done on Twitter in recent memory.
Before it was suspended, her account bio read: “Alt-reich queen! Literally Hitler!”
It sat next to a pinned tweet saying: “Women who complain about Trump saying ‘Grab her by the pussy!’ are retards because I love getting grabbed by the pussy! LMAO!”
A noted bisexual, she achieved mainstream fame in 2007 and 2008 with her MTV reality show called A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila in which both male and female suitors vied for her attention.
In December 2013 she announced her alternative beliefs by posting on Facebook a photoshopped picture of her dressed as a Nazi holding a handgun out the front on the Auschwitz concentration camp. It was accompanied by a post entitled “Why I Sympathize With Hitler: Part 1”.
Strangely it came just a year after telling TMZ she was fascinated with Kabbalah and was studying to convert to Judaism.
“I just feel like the Jewish people have such a beautiful way about them, and I can’t wait to officially be Jewish,” she said at the time.
Her pro-Nazi post got her booted from Celebrity Big Brother in the UK and was followed by an apology in which she declared she was not antisemitic and “absolutely not” a Nazi supporter, blaming her behavior on depression and drug addiction.
By contrast, in 2016 she has tweeted about being an “Aryan Goddess” and promoted the hashtag #AryanLivesMatter.
Two months after making the apology she posted a picture of her baby daughter with a Hitler moustache with the caption: “One day when you grow up, you’re going to have to apologize for this picture, young lady!!!”
She’s also a Flat-Earther and before her account was suspended would furiously tweet about the ongoing conspiracy to deny the obvious fact that the Earth is flat.
In a recent Facebook post she uploaded a photo with the caption: “Ain’t nuthin better than riding around Texas in my cowboy boots to hunt down these damn illegals! #SendThemBack”.
A particularly curious position to champion given her real name is Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen and her chosen stage name borrows from a popular Mexican drink.
Whether she believes the things she says on social media or whether she’s just doing it, as they say in troll parlance, for the lulz is up for debate. But it’s highly likely to be the latter — at least in part.
When a fan on Twitter applauded her trolling skills earlier this year, she replied by telling Kanye West that she was the “real troll god”.
Whether she was trying to make some broader social commentary when she set up a GoFundMe page asking for $2500 for a new home and furniture, or whether she was simply being greedy depends on your point of view. But her affinity for the world of trolls is evident.
As she told The Daily Beast, she was drawn to the Pepe the Frog and Emperor Trump memes embrace by alt-right internet culture because the (roughly identifiable) political group “adds a little humor” to the culture wars.
“Honestly, I think that the meme-warring, I think it’s very refreshing,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like that in any (other) group. They are very creative, that is very important to have for the children. Creativity, and art, and magic … and humor.”
Apparently becoming a mother has turned the former porn star into an ardent devotee of fellow reality TV star Donald Trump, who ran as a law and order candidate.
“I went full circle from the liberal stuff, and all that … I wouldn’t want my daughter growing up in that,” she told the site during the conference in Washington.
“I’m becoming more conservative ever since I became a mother,” she said. “Most people are so used to being all about their ‘freedom’, so they becomes these little crybabies. They can’t live by laws and rules. Civilization needs to be civilized.”
Another ironic position considering the alt-right group she appears to love often deliberately works to undermine the civility of the internet.
With her banishment from Twitter, she joins the ranks of notorious trolls Chuck Johnson and Milo Yiannopoulos, among others, to be barred from the platform — much to the lament of right wing media in the US.
It remains to be seen what’s next for Tila Tequila but for the moment she is the latest Twitter causality from a group of intentionally incendiary internet warriors who have been emboldened by the impending Donald Trump presidency.
This article was originally published on news.com.au