Trump Tulsa Rally Rescheduled After Juneteeth gets fouled by TikTokers and K-Pop Stans


Doug Mills of NY TImes

Most of the BOK Center’s seats remained empty as the president spoke.

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TULSA, OKLA. – Initally meant to take place on Juneteeth, the day commemorating the true end of slavery in the United States, Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa was rescheduled to June 20, 2020, after public uproar about the place and time.

Tulsa notably is the site of the infamous Tulsa Race Riot. In 1921, hundreds of African Americans were massacred by white mobs, who looted and burned black businesses of “Black Wall Street.”  

“It was disrespectful and not very cash-money of him. Given the history, why Tulsa of all places and that day?” junior Ayomide Oloyede said. 

Despite one million ticket requests for the rally, the Tulsa Fire Department estimates a little less than 6,200 were in attendance. Thousands of seats inside the Bank of Oklahoma Center remained empty and collected dust that night.

Why? Tiktok and K-pop stans. 

Weeks leading up to the event, TikTok users and fans of Korean music groups encouraged their followers to reserve seating at the event– and not show up. This effort later spread from Twitter and TikTok across multiple social media platforms, including Instagram and Snapchat.

K-pop stans have been getting increasingly involved in American politics in recent months. Last May, they endlessly spammed K-pop videos in white supremist hashtags, such as #whitelivesmatter.

At the rally, the president made no reference to the Tulsa Race Riot, Juneteeth, or George Floyd. Instead, the president praised the “humble and injured” police officers and rambled on about the “left-wing radicals” who he falsely claimed were rioting in cities across America.

His campaign rejects the claims that TikTok and K-pop fans sabotaged the rally. Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, blames fake news media for scaring people away from the event by dramatizing the COVID-19 threat, coupled with images of cities on fire from rioting.

No one expressed serious concerns about the coronavirus risk at the rally, as crowds of overwhelmly middle-aged white people chanted in the name of their president. 

However, at the end of Saturday night, it was Twitter that celebrated as images of empty seating flooded the media.