K-Pop stans have always been well-known on Twitter for taking over popular hashtags and threads on the app in an effort to bring more support to their favorite idols. Now they're taking it one step further and using their power to take over racist hashtags and help Black Lives Matter protestors.
On June 3, hashtags like #WhiteLivesMatter and #WhiteOutWednesday were among the biggest trending topics on Twitter. However, users might have been confused as to why they were both listed under K-Pop as their main topic.
Many fans took over the hashtags with special messages speaking out against police brutality and racism while also posting fancams of their favorite singers and groups. One fan even wrote an explanation tweet to show Twitter users that they have good intentions for using the tags.
"If you’ve just entered this hashtag: we’re trying to bury the tweets of white supremacists by posting photos,videos and fancams. We have good intentions," they wrote. "PLEASE TELL PEOPLE WHY WE’RE DOING THIS. THEY’RE PROBABLY CONFUSED."
#WhiteLivesMatter If you’ve just entered this hashtag: we’re trying to bury the tweets of white supremacists by posting photos,videos and fancams. We have good intentions. PLEASE TELL PEOPLE WHY WE’RE DOING THIS. THEY’RE PROBABLY CONFUSED pic.twitter.com/oypRBt67Y2— Taelabbro⁷ (@taelabbro) June 3, 2020
Fans of BTS, MAMAMOO, EXO, Blackpink and more all came together to flood the hashtags.
Another hashtag, #BlueLivesMatter, also popped up and several other fandoms also took over with high quality memes and character photos that are associated with the color blue.
K-Pop fans would often get hate for taking over hashtags. But a lot of Twitter users are now going back on their original takes and thanking the K-Pop community for taking over these specific topics.
Previously, the fans also took over a Dallas PD app that asked users to send them videos and photos of protesters in the city.
LMFAO THE KPOP GIRLS TOOK DOWN THE IWATCH DALLAS POLICE APP WITH THEIR FANCAMS pic.twitter.com/U9qLFbJKl5— 𝕦𝕟𝕗𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕟𝕕𝕝𝕪 𝕓𝕝𝕒𝕔𝕜 𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕥𝕥𝕚𝕖 (@thotimus_primee) June 1, 2020
kpop stans this week:— Saeed Awawdeh (@SaeedDiCaprio) June 3, 2020
-Took down the Dallas Police App trying to arrest protestors by sending them fancams
-Spammed the #whiteoutwednsday hashtag with kpop fancams and ruined the whole hashtag for the racists pic.twitter.com/VWnLJB75s7
Blackpink fans took it one step further when they decided to keep "Sour Candy", the new song by the band and Lady Gaga, from trending number one on Twitter to allow #BlackLivesMatter to be on top.
Please reply #BlackLivesMatter to make it to the top again! Blinks please don't use the sour candy hashtags, trend this instead!— 𝐬𝐧𝐨𝐰⁷ ♡ (@angcljnk) May 28, 2020
not at kpop stans saying blinks are being disrespectful, this is expected that sour candy will trend because this is a big collab song and this is blackpink's new song after 420 days. ANYWAYS, NOW BLINKS LET'S GET #BlackLivesMatter BACK TO THE TOP TO SHOW OUR RESPECT.— 𝐧𝐨𝐲𝐮𝐠𝐡 (@rosielestial) May 28, 2020
will stop tweeting for tonight aside from essential updates from & about blackpink— 슈 🍬 (@intoblackpivk) May 28, 2020
do tweet #BlackLivesMatter instead
help reclaim its spot on ww trends
sign this petition : https://t.co/J0npuTx2VT
donate : https://t.co/eskMC08OF6
Using fandom for good is definitely something all of us can get behind.
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