On Sunday, after the Dallas Police Department asked people to send in “video of illegal activity from the [Black Lives Matter] protests” via the city’s iWatch Dallas app, K-pop fans instead flooded the app with pictures and videos of their favorite artists — and within hours, the DPD said the app was down “due to technical difficulties.”
Following #BlackoutTuesday, two racist hashtags — #WhiteoutWednesday and #WhiteLivesMatter — began to trend on Twitter overnight, prompting K-pop fans once again to spring into action.
Co-opting the hashtags, the fans flooded them with anti-racist tweets and K-pop fancam videos, effectively burying the messages from white supremacists.
People also used the hashtags to imagine the reaction of racists on Twitter to the K-pop fans’ response.
And people were glad to see that, in most cases, the hashtags led not to racist tweets, but messages of support from the K-pop fandom.
According to a Variety article posted early this morning, “At least for a period of time, the posts completely buried nearly all actual racist messages using the hashtag.”
So, K-pop fans, hats off to you!