TikTok user @officialindygojones – real name Madyson – has recently made waves on the platform after exposing Rayne Fisher-Quann, a prominent viral culture critic and writer of the Internet Princess Substack.
It all kicked off when Madyson posted a TikTok two days ago, recalling their experience organising a student protest in Canada but failing to get sufficient credit for their hard work.
“Hey, remember when you were in high school and organised one of the largest student-led protests in Canadian history,” the text reads. “But somebody who asked to help you along the way got national news coverage and went on to literally build a career of your work which has included accomplishing some of YOUR biggest dreams which she continues to profit off of to this day?”
With the video amassing over 800k views, users flooded Madyson’s comment section, speculating about the identity of the person they were referring to and urging them to disclose all the details.
“Sis at this point name names. I wanna now who I’m not supposed to support” one user wrote.
“oh god i know who this is about” another shared.
Soon, Madyson took to the platform to share their side of the story. They explain the origins of the #WeTheStudentsDoNotConsent movement – a student-led protest opposing changes to the sex education and Indigenous history school curricula in Ontario. According to news coverage at the time, an estimated 30,000 students actively participated, with many staging walkouts from their classes to voice their opposition to the changes.
“I did not start ‘We The Students Do Not Consent’ for any clout, money [or] opportunities, so please do not think that it is what I did because that was not my intention,” they begin. “I coined the hashtag #WeTheStudentsDoNotConsent, and it was intended to be a walkout that would unite students in regards to all the injustices that were going to be happening…”
After Madyson spent a week organising and promoting the protest, Rayne reached out, offering to collaborate on the walkout. Sharing the screenshot of her message, Madyson says, “I knew that she had some experience organising, and she seemed like a nice person, so of course, I said yes.”
They explain that as the protest gained momentum, with more schools joining and the media picking up on the planning, the focus on indigenous issues started to diminish. Rayne soon emerged as a prominent figure associated with the walkout— speaking directly with the media and making a name for herself as the student who sparked the movement.
“More and more, it seemed to come up that we don’t have time to talk about this [indigenous issues]…” Madyson reflects. “It didn’t hit me at the time that I wasn’t getting a seat at the table… but as I look back at that, at 21 years old, I can’t help but be upset… I couldn’t help but feel very excluded from something I started.”
Rayne commented on Madyson’s TikTok from her second account, @rayniohead, offering an apology for how it all went down.
“I’m so sorry I didn’t do more, both in high school and afterwards. It was unfair, and I think about it constantly and have tried over the last few years to make sure I’m not getting that credit anymore. I no longer am an activist in large part bc I regret the attention I got from that situation,” she writes. “I’ve tried to make it so when people learn about the walkout from me, they just know that the media was far more focused on me. I should have been working with you to fight the anti-indigeneity of the media and to prioritise your voice.”
In their latest TikTok on the topic, Madyson shares that “[Rayne’s] apology really pissed me off.” They start by dissecting Rayne’s appearance on the Binchtopia podcast, where she discussed the #WeTheStudentsDoNotConsent movement. Madyson notes how Rayne was not forthcoming with the fact that she was aware that she received more media attention than other organisers, contradicting her apology in the comment section.
“We had several discussions about exactly what was going on and the fact that this kind of thing always happens to native kids when they finally try to say something… we are always being pushed to the side,” they say. “[At the time, Rayne] acknowledged it and the fact that [her] privilege played a large amount in it. The fact that [she is] carrying herself as someone who is trying to grow from these mistakes and who’s trying to learn… it’s ridiculous.”
Madyson goes on to clarify that they are not jealous of Rayne’s career or public profile, but rather frustrated that they are “another indigenous voice that got written out of history.” With this sentiment, Madyson concludes the video, urging Rayne to “truly” recognise her privilege and use her platform to amplify “the voices of the racialised organisers that you worked with.”
All things considered, Madyson’s videos are a stark reminder of the ongoing marginalisation of minority voices across mainstream media and social media platforms. But as TikTok users rally around Madyson, they are actively paving the way for a more inclusive narrative, where individuals like Madyson may receive the rightful credit and appreciation they deserve.