K-pop fans get political & hijack anti-riot hashtags on social media

K-pop fans use fancams using #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag to obscure racist posts

By flooding the tags with videos and memes, the K-pop fans hope to drown out racist or offensive posts.

K-pop stans also recently spammed a Dallas Police app with fancams and worked to keep fandom tags from trending out of respect for Black Lives Matter.

The social media bombardment saw K-pop fans commandeer rightwing and pro-Donald Trump hashtags to drown out racist and offensive posts, including criticism of protests in the U.S. against the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

Floyd, 46, died last week in police custody after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for almost nine minutes during an arrest.

While their collective action meant the hashtag, as well as #WhiteOutWednesday and #BlueLivesMatter were trending in the top 10 on Twitter in the U.S. earlier this week, the accompanying messages and attachments were emphatically off-message. That includes #whitelivesmatter or #whiteoutwednesday, both of which are meant to mimic other hashtags that have recently been circulating like #Black_Lives_Matter or #BlackoutTuesday.

"The only blue thing that matters is Namjoons hair #blueLivesMatter", another tweet says referring to the BTS rapper.


Even after the app crashed K-pop fans replied to Dallas PD's tweet with more K-pop videos.

Over the weekend, jokes about K-pop fandom's capacity to flood the app with fancam footage quickly became a genuine direct action, as fans filed reams of "tips" that were really footage of Korean groups performing.

The police department said the app was back up and running on Monday and that the cause of the "temporary interruption" is "still being determined", according to a statement.

While they might be thousands of miles away from the scene of where Floyd died, numerous K-pop stars have used their platforms to speak out on racial equality.

Several cities in the U.S. have been engulfed in protests following the death of Floyd, an unarmed African American man who died in Minnesota after a white police officer pinned him to the ground and knelt on the back of his neck for more than eight minutes.

How have they hijacked it, you may ask?

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