K-Pop Fans Thwarted the Dallas Police Department App During Black Lives Matter Protests
Those choreography videos got a new life.
Legions of K-pop fans stepped up to show the Dallas Police Department that they wouldn't stand for police brutality during the city's Black Lives Matter protests. According to Paper, the Dallas PD rolled out an app called iWatchDallas so that citizens could submit videos of "illegal activity." The department didn't expect the app to be flooded with K-pop videos, however. During the weekend's Black Lives Matter protests, Twitter users called on one another to submit music video clips, fan-cam videos, and instructional dance videos set to huge names like BTS, NCT 127, and BLACKPINK.
Users implored each other to overload the app so that anyone scanning the videos would be overwhelmed with K-pop, not possibly incriminating evidence.
Paper reports that the app actually crashed and the Dallas PD tweeted that "due to technical difficulties," the app was temporarily down. The magazine also notes that this may be the very first instance of using fancams in such a manner, writing that it was the "first direct action-related use of fancams." For those unfamiliar, fancams are generally user-created video clips that showcase a single member of a K-pop group or a solo artist, usually so that viewers can see performances from many different angles.
It's not all K-pop fans are doing. Dazed adds that many Twitter fan accounts for BTS and BLACKPINK have halted their usual activity. Instead of tweeting about their favorite acts and promoting new material like BLACKPINK and Lady Gaga's "Sour Candy," K-pop Twitter is making space for discussions on police violence and Black Lives Matter protests.