Stans, best known for spontaneous viral hashtags, petty feuds and fancams, rallied their forces for activism this weekend.
On Sunday, amidst nationwide protesting and police escalation, the Dallas Police Department announced the launch of their iWatch Dallas app, encouraging
good Samaritans snitches to submit videos of protestors and rioters. “If you have video of illegal activity from the protests and are trying to share it with @DallasPD, you can download it to our iWatch Dallas app,” the tweet says.
Multiple K-pop stans, working together but seemingly arriving at this idea independently as well, boosted the tweet with the call to action to flood the app with fancams of the objects of their stan affection. (A fancam is basically just a clip compilation whatever or whoever it is the stan stans.) Mere hours after the initial tweet, the Dallas PD announced the app was down due to “technical difficulties.”
Stan culture is intense and not without major problems of its own, but one thing that’s indisputable is their ability to mobilize and unify an internet presence in the name of a common goal. Typically, that goal is simply intense appreciation, but it can also be toxic harassment of a star’s significant other or competitor. This weekend, however, it took the form of protective interference. Playing defense on the internet with the tools at their disposal to protect the protestors on the ground.
(It was also reported that multiple stan factions agreed to suspend their use of hashtags in order to keep protest hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter in the top trends nation- and worldwide.)
That’s all for now from the K-pop stans on the frontlines, but don’t be surprised if they continue to display their allyship as protests continue across the world.
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