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Sister Cindy, TikTok evangelical preacher, to visit Madison

The controversial speaker announced via TikTok that she will visit Madison on Sept. 19.

Sister Cindy, a TikTok-famous evangelical street preacher, will visit Madison next Tuesday as part of her “Ho No Mo” campaign. 

Cindy Smock, better known as “Sister Cindy” to her social media followers, announced in a TikTok last week that she would be visiting several Wisconsin college campuses, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Get ready Wisconsin,” Smock said via TikTok, strongly emphasizing the “sin” in the state’s name. 

“It is time to be a Ho No Mo because hell is hot. You don’t want to be a thot,” she added.

The so-called “Ho No Mo revolution” is part of Smock’s nationwide campaign traveling to college campuses preaching exuberantly from her Bible, which bears “Ho No Mo” lettering prominently on the front. 

Smock gained notoriety on TikTok for profane and provocative campus visits. TikTok contributed greatly to her rise to popularity after campus students posted videos to the #sistercindy hashtag. She currently has over 420,000 followers on the platform. 

@sistercindyforreal 9/12 UW-River Falls 9/13 UW- Stout 9/14 UW- Eau Claire 9/15 ? 9/18 Northern Illinois Univ. DeKalb 9/19 UW Madison 9/20 UW Whitewater 9/22 Western Michigan-Kalamazoo 9/25 Kent State (Ohio) 9/26 Kent State 9/28 Bowling Green State (Ohio) 10/2-10/11 Indiana/Illinois campuses 10/16 Long Beach State (Cali) 10/17 Cal State Fullerton #whereissistercindy #honomo #uwrf #uws #usec ♬ original sound - Sister Cindy

Smock has repudiated claims of homophobia, calling herself a “gay icon” and saying “Jesus loves everyone” at a 2019 visit to Florida State University. 

But some college students, including those at her alma mater, the University of Florida, have criticized her conservative views about sex and accused the preacher of homophobia, transphobia and racism. Some students also voiced concerns about her widespread support from audiences, whether earnestly or ironically.

Smock has dedicated her life to spreading evangelical messaging and strongly encourages students to avoid alcohol, drugs and sex. 

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Smock said she lived an “empty” life when she was a college student but eventually transformed into an advocate against her prior actions. 

“A student did not have to look very far to get involved in sin at the University of Florida,” Smock said at one campus talk

“Sex, sex and more sex,” she said when she spoke at Louisiana State University back in March 2023. “That’s all I knew… I was a ho, on God.” 

Smock did not immediately respond to an inquiry for the exact time or location of the visit.

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Anna Kleiber

Anna Kleiber is a state news reporter for The Daily Cardinal.

Ian Wilder

Ian Wilder is a current features writer and former state politics reporter for The Daily Cardinal. Follow him on Twitter at @IanWWilder.


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