I think we can all agree that Zoom did the most to keep people connected during this pandemic, and its generosity was all over the place from catching alleged cheaters and exposing (ahem) exposers and apartment-shamers. Zoom has been the go-to video platform for everything, besides 2021 Academy Award acceptance speeches. It’s also a great source for entertainment, like for a woman named Jackie who recently admitted to wearing the exact same Hawaiian shirt for a year’s worth of remote work calls.
Jackie, who I’m almost positive is both Abbi and Ilana from Broad City, posted the following TikTok video last month, in which she explains that between April 2, 2020, and April 30, 2021, and estimates she wore that same pineapple-print shirt in 422 meetings. Jackie has since amended her estimate to be 264 meetings worth of shirt-based Zoom trolling. She took a picture every time she wore the shirt:
Jackie tells Inside Edition that she thought it would be really funny to keep wearing the same shirt in every Zoom meeting for her job at a Washington D.C.-based non-profit, and expected her co-workers to get a laugh out of it. The only problem was, not one person was kind enough to give a single shit about her shirt prank.
“I was like, wouldn’t it be funny if I wore this shirt again? Like that’d be a funny joke and everyone would say something, and no one said anything. And then I thought, well, I’m going to keep doing this until someone notices, and no one ever noticed. I had some real ups and downs. Like the first month I was like, this is really funny. Then it’d be like, oh I’m still wearing this. And then it’d be funny again.”
When Jackie finally told her co-workers about her prank, they all admitted they had no idea she was wearing the same shirt in every Zoom call. Jackie can now try out her prank with a whole new Zoom audience, as she has since quit her job and moved on to a new one. It had nothing to do with the shirt! Or did it?….
The lack of awareness from Jackie’s former co-workers couldn’t have been because they didn’t notice her shirt. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s because so many people became completely burnt out from Zoom calls after the first week of being stuck in front of their screens. Nobody was paying attention to anything by the second week of April. Jackie could have switched that Hawaiian shirt for a full-sized penis costume and her too-exhausted-to-care co-workers would still be like, “Jackie, nice to see you. Would you like to present your report on third-quarter donations?”