If you’re someone who spends much time on Twitter, then you know that it can be a cesspool of people with sh*tty opinions. For every hilarious or informational account you follow, there are 10 more (half of them bots) tweeting about how looters are destroying America and whatever, and it can be pretty draining.
As you can imagine, the MAGA-heads and All Lives Matter crew have been out in full force on Twitter this week, using hashtags like #AllLivesMatter, #WhiteoutWednesday, and #WhiteLivesMatter to bash protestors and the Black Lives Matter movement. Gross. It’s one thing if you’re still learning how to be a good ally, but there’s no mistaking the intentions behind a #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag. But Twitter’s far-right community is facing an unlikely obstacle in spreading their racist bullsh*t: K-pop stans.
K-pop originated in Korea, but has a huge global fanbase, and they are incredibly active on Twitter. If you think Beyoncé or Taylor Swift have intense fans, the K-pop fans are like that, but on steroids. They tweet about their faves constantly, along with fancams—videos edited by fans that usually focus on one specific artist or member of a group. Fancams range from janky to like, professional quality, but whatever random thing you search on Twitter, it probably won’t take you long to come across a few.
As someone who only listens to K-pop on occasion, I’ll be honest, the Twitter fandom can be kind of confusing to sift through. I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve tried to find something specific on Twitter, only to be inundated with BTS videos—they’ve taken over trending hashtags before, and I’ve had to wade through a million K-pop gifs to figure out why a given topic is even trending. But this week, the K-pop stans have united for a cause that we can all get behind: trolling racists.
The K-pop community first came together on Sunday, when the Dallas Police Department promoted an app where users could submit reports of “illegal activity from the protests”. This was flagged by many as a way to make it easier for police to arrest innocent protestors, and the K-pop accounts were having none of it. On Sunday evening, a tweet calling for followers to “FLOOD that sh*t with fancams” went viral, and within two hours, the Dallas PD tweeted that the app was down temporarily “due to technical difficulties.”
Due to technical difficulties iWatch Dallas app will be down temporarily. pic.twitter.com/zksA1hkVhV
— Dallas Police Dept (@DallasPD) May 31, 2020
The fancam campaign on Sunday night was a major success, so why stop there? Over the course of this week, the K-pop community has directed their trolling efforts at the many hashtags being used by Trump supporters and white supremacists, and it’s worked like a f*cking charm. As I’m writing this, #WhiteLifeMatter is one of the top trending topics in the US, but it’s not what you think. Rather than racist messages or pro-police propaganda, the hashtag is almost entirely K-pop fancams. Honestly, it’s a fun feed to scroll, with videos like this one of BLACKPINK member Lisa.
— a⁴ BLM (@blinkinyaarea) June 4, 2020
Pretty much all of the major right-wing hashtags are now dominated by K-pop fans, which must be endlessly frustrating to racists who just want to find other racists to retweet. So sorry for you! Instead, they can enjoy this BTS video that calls them out for their “racist buffoonery.” You love to see it.
— greed⁷ ⚫⚪ BLM (@greed_ient) June 4, 2020
This week, we’ve seen people all over the world getting involved in the fight for racial justice like never before. Even Amish people have been out on the streets demanding justice for George Floyd. We’re all looking to join the fight however we can, and the K-pop community has figured out a pretty brilliant way of showing their support, while frustrating racists at the same time. If you’ve been hesitant about getting into K-pop, hey, maybe now is the time.
Images: JStone / Shutterstock.com; dallaspd, blinkinyaarea, greed_ient / Twitter