Every once and a while, this bitter millennial has to take a step back to appreciate the dedication that goes into the work of Gen Zs. Too often I assume that they are using their Tik Toks and their Snapchats for evil––while making me look old and confused in the process. But then, they come out of nowhere and leave me feeling indescribably proud. Like yesterday, when K-pop stans accounts managed to strike again!
Despite the ongoing pandemic, President Dumptruck held another one of his self-congratulatory rallies in Tesla Tulsa, Oklahoma where he basically called protestors “terrorists” for 2 hours while wearing a shit-eating grin. But according to The Verge, the real gag was that nowhere near as many people showed up as had been predicted. And that’s because most of the seats were reserved by K-pop stans who, of course, never showed up. And as a result, the stadium ended up looking like a Scott Baio meet and greet: blindingly white, tired, and sparsely attended.
On June 11, the official Trump campaign sent out a tweet, urging people to use their cellphones to reserve tickets for the rally, held in the Bank of Oklahoma arena. Well, Trump, of course, isn’t the only one on his phone 24-7. TikTok-ers and K-pop stans quickly picked up on the note, registering themselves for free tickets––and never showing up to claim them.
YouTuber Elijah Daniel broke it down a little further, claiming that the plan spread quietly through corners of TikTok where pranks and activism are regularly carried out.
“K-pop Twitter and Alt TikTok have a good alliance where they spread information amongst each other very quickly,” he said. “They all know the algorithms and how they can boost videos to get where they want.”
This mastermind-ing and social media trickery is literally good TRUMPING evil, right here.
After receiving more than 1 million requests for tickets, the turnout was determined to be just under 6,200 people––less than half of the venue’s 19,000-person capacity. This coordinated effort no doubt fucked with Trump’s big orange head the whole time he was ranting and spewing mostly bullshit from his podium.
Trump also referenced that earlier clip, you know the one that showed him unable to bring a glass of water up to his lips without assistance? Well, he must have spent a few days practicing his one-armed push-ups, because last night he showed off his strength by triumphantly taking a sip like a normal person. (I’M NOT JOKING. THIS WAS ACTUALLY SOMETHING HE’S PROUD OF)
I once shit myself on a middle school bus trip to Key West. On the way back, I did not shit myself. Greatest. Student. Ever. https://t.co/z7y73DkMB1
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) June 21, 2020
Trump’s campaign, of course, is already hitting back at the fake news for underreporting yesterday’s crowd size. Which led Stormy Daniels to tweet:
Told ya'll he exaggerates about the size of things.
— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) June 21, 2020
And one from Pink:
— P!nk (@Pink) June 21, 2020
But it wasn’t all just jokes about the left. Trump actually threw in a couple of COVID-19 zingers, claiming to have minimized testing in order to keep positive results lower.
In fact, some have also suggested that the turnout wasn’t so big because Trump’s team actually made people sign an agreement saying that they, as attendees, can enter the arena as long as they don’t sue Trump if they catch COVID-19.
And I have to end this post with a video of Trump returning from Tulsa––alone.
God this was even more painful once I turned up the volume pic.twitter.com/Q1rz9eMAia
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 21, 2020
Is there a K-pop cover of the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme song? If not, someone should do one to add to Trump’s walk of shame.