Twitter users picked up the #4MoreYears trend and covered it with pictures of K-Pop bands.
The hashtag refers to people who vote for incumbent President Donald Trump, who will serve another four-year term if he wins the election on November 3. However, it appears that people who do not support Trump have visited the social media platform and uploaded images of K-Pop and J-Pop bands.
This tactic makes use of so-called “fancams” – close-up videos filmed by a viewer during a live performance by a K-Pop group. This tactic was previously used during Black Live’s Matter protests against the police. When Dallas police tweeted a request to Americans to post tips via their CloseWatch app, Twitter users submitted fancams in response instead. Vox writes that the Famcam spam “would theoretically prevent the police from seeing real local videos that could put protesters in danger.
Since then, fancams have been used to distract attention from other viral posts or trend hashtags.
Why is this trend current in the UK? Time for a fancam, I think #4MoreYearspic.twitter.com/EIglAJjonZ
– Layâ- (11.2k) (@epiphanybix) November 3, 2020
Some of the Twitter users come from the United Kingdom, where the hashtag is also in vogue. One user, @Sammalaaa, writes: “Why is #4MoreYears trendy here in the UK? I assure you, America, we don’t want you to have 4 more years of it either!”
Why is #4MoreYears trendy here in the UK?!
I assure you, America, we don’t want you to have 4 more years of it either!
– ð¥¬Sam ð©ð¼ââï¸ð (@Sammalaaa) November 3, 2020
ew anyway- pic.twitter.com/QSVXoLkqQ4
– silvermist (@taehyungenergy) November 3, 2020
Other users, who are not themselves called K-Pop fans, jumped on the train and hijacked the hashtag. One user writes: “Not even a Kpop fan, but he will learn from them and reclaim #4Moreyears”.
Not even a kpop fan, but he will learn from them and reclaim #4MoreYears! pic.twitter.com/WM7fIwUltC
– pika (@GottaTrollEm) November 3, 2020
Another says: “I don’t understand the whole K-Pop thing, but K-Pop fans are great #4MoreYears”.
Another user, @brownbronzegirl, says: “I think it’s great that Kpop-Twitter has fully adopted the #4MoreYears hashtag.
I think it’s great that Kpop twitter has fully adopted the #4MoreYears hashtag. pic.twitter.com/eAG2JOqzX6
– 2020 I still have hope (@brownbronzegirl) November 3, 2020
J-Pop and film franchises were also represented in the trend hashtag. The user @shanetrevyllian says: “If you are not satisfied with this hashtag being flooded with K-Pop, there is still J-Pop! #4MoreYears.”
If you are not satisfied with this hashtag being flooded with K-Pop, there is still J-Pop! #4MoreYears pic.twitter.com/hmm5IwjcDl
– Shane isolates himself ð (@shanetrevyllian) November 3, 2020
why is this trend in Great Britain, it is now only used for fancams ððð #4MoreYears pic.twitter.com/wdX98smPdd
– cat ð KEIRA MONTH (@haruloha) November 3, 2020
Former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson even performed on the hashtag. @_liamscookies says: “In any case stan Louis Tomlinson #4MoreYears”.
Anyway stan Louis Tomlinson #4MoreYears
– EmÂ²â¸ is in love w Gi ð¦ (@_liamscookies) November 3, 2020
The trend also showed tweets from Trump supporters who used it after their vote or for comments on Joe Biden.
Leslie Rutledge, candidate for governor of Arkansas in 2022, included the hashtag in her tweet after a rally in North Carolina: “Huge night in Hickory, North Carolina! Fantastic crowd ready to re-elect President Donald J. Trump for #4MoreYears!
Huge night in Hickory, North Carolina! Fantastic crowd ready to re-elect President Donald J. Trump for #4MoreYears! pic.twitter.com/KPWUnkCQRb
– Leslie Rutledge (@LeslieRutledge) November 2, 2020
Another Twitter user, John P. Conzalez (@jpgwire) writes: “The land of the free and the home of the brave… from the Miami Trump Rally… so many people here incredible!!! #4MoreYears #DonaldTrump #LatinosForTrump #Trump #Trump.”
The land of the free and the home of the brave… from the Miami Trump Rally… so many people here incredible!!! #4MoreYears #DonaldTrump #LatinosForTrump #Trump pic.twitter.com/s9orE96vlW
– John P. Gonzalez ðºð¸ (@jpgwire) November 2, 2020
So while the outcome of the 2020 election is currently uncertain, one thing is clear: K-Pop fans are the rulers of social media.
The US Presidential Election Day 2020 will take place on November 3, 2020. You can find your nearest polling station on Vote.org.