Another day, another Twitter vs Trump scenario - and this time it's K-Pop fans and TikTok users who've teamed up to make a political stand. Hundreds of teenagers reserved tickets for a Trump rally in Tulsa with the intention of never showing up, meaning the arena had plenty of empty chairs. Awkward.
While it could simply be overlooked as a childish prank, one Twitter user (with the handle @yootic) shared their reasons for joining in, likening it more to a silent protest against the current President of the United States.
"Thousands of teens emptying stadiums is not lazy," they wrote. "As teens we don't have much power in political things and we are forced to use the little power we have if we are against or for something. But look how much we did with that little power. I think that's impressive."
The chairman of Trump’s re-election campaign (the results of which will be revealed in November), Brad Parscale, posted ahead of the event saying there had been more than a million ticket requests... yet on the actual day, the 19,000 seat stadium looked fairly, err, poorly attended. According to the Tulsa Fire Department on Sunday, they counted 6,200 attendees (not including staff).
It's also reported, by The New York Times, that events outside the rally which had been set up for an anticipated excess of people were cancelled as the crowds failed to materialise.
It's believed that the word spread through a series of TikTok videos, as well as via Twitter, in which teenagers encouraged one another to register for multiple free tickets and then not show up on the day. In true TikTok fashion, they also gave hilarious reasons for not being able to attend, such as needing to "mop the lawn", "vacuum the walls" or "walking a gecko". LOL.
“It spread mostly through Alt TikTok. We kept it on the quiet side where people do pranks and a lot of activism,” said Elijah Daniel, 26, a YouTuber involved in the social media campaign.
“K-pop Twitter and Alt TikTok have a good alliance where they spread information amongst each other very quickly. They all know the algorithms and how they can boost videos to get where they want.”
He added, “The majority of people who made [vidoes] deleted them after the first day because we didn’t want the Trump campaign to catch wind. These kids are smart and they thought of everything.”
Trump, on the other hand, has blamed the poor attendance on protests.
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