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K-pop fans flood #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag to drown out racist tweets

Taking over Twitter with fan-shot videos, the fans took the same approach with the hashtags #MAGA and #BlueLivesMatter.

Taking over Twitter with fan-shot videos, the fans did the same with the hashtags #MAGA and #BlueLivesMatter

Seoul-based band BTS, pictured, is one of the many bands fans used video of to disrupt the hashtags. (Getty Images for SiriusXM)

As protests are now in their second week across the U.S. following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, white police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder while his fellow officers — Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao — have been charged with aiding and abetting a murder.  

And as those charges were being added and upgraded, fans of Korean pop were adding their voices to social media to drown out related racist tweets.

Taking over the Twitter hashtag #WhiteLivesMatter — which counters the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag — K-pop fans uploaded fan-shot video after fan-shot video of their favourite groups, effectively flooding the hashtag and pushing aside the typically racist message that comes with it.

The fans also later flooded the hashtags #MAGA (Make America Great Again) and #BlueLivesMatter, hashtags that are often used with the same intention as #WhiteLivesMatter, with fan-shot videos for the same reason. (K-pop fans are very familiar with hashtag-driven voting, and acts like Seoul-based BTS have fans that outperform artists like Beyoncé and Taylor Swift on Twitter, according to Forbes.)

This comes a few days after K-pop fans flooded the Dallas Police Department's iWatch Dallas app, which lets people "anonymously submit tips to law enforcement about drug activity, active shooters, bullying, human trafficking, and more," according to the Google Play store. ("iWatch Dallas gives citizens the voice to See Something, Say Something," the description continues.) 

On Sunday, May 31, the Dallas Police Department tweeted a reminder about their app, saying it could be used to upload information about protesters. 

"I hope you like fancams," one user responded, posting a video of K-pop stars BTS.

"I have a video for you," tweeted another.

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