The flop of Trump’s rally in Tulsa? As explained by the New York Times, the responsibility partly responsibility of the teen users of TikTok, the social network of the moment, and fans of K-pop, South Korean pop music.
Brad Parscale, the president of Mr. Trump’s reelection campaign, said on Twitter Monday that the campaign staff had received over a million requests for Oklahoma rally tickets, but heavy reporters at the event noted that participation was far below expectations. According to Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for the Trump campaign, the BlackLivesMatter demonstrators determined that this flop would prevent supporters from participating in the demonstration, at the Bok Center, which has a capacity of 19,000 seats. But once again the journalists present said that there were few protests and that therefore they could not have influenced the progress of the meeting.
What happened then? TikTok users and fans of Korean pop groups explained that it was they who registered for the event as a joke After @TeamTrump tweeted asking supporters to register for free tickets on 11 June, K-pop fan accounts started sharing information with followers, encouraging them to register for the event. The trend topic quickly spread to TikTok, where video appeals with millions of views asked viewers to do the same. Oh no, I signed up for a Trump rally and I can’t go, joked a woman, pretending to have a cough, in a post published June 15.
Thousands of other users have posted similar tweets and videos on TikTok that have garnered millions of views. TikTok representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment. But there would be an explanation: The trend spread mainly through Alt TikTok – a quiet room where people make jokes and a lot of activism, YouTuber said Elijah Daniel, 26, who participated in the campaign. And again: K-pop Twitter (one of the Twitter accounts dedicated to South Korean music) and Alt TikTok have a good alliance in which information is quickly spread among them. They know all the algorithms and how they can enhance videos to get where they want.
Many users have deleted their posts after 24 – 48 hours in order to hide their plan and prevent it from spreading on the main network. Most of the people who created them deleted them after the first day because we didn’t want Trump’s campaign to catch the wind, Daniel said. These children are intelligent and have thought of everything.
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