TikTok customers began a marketing campaign pushing to interchange the American flag with a yellow and black striped flag that featured the animated face of Diary of a Wimpy Child‘s Manuel “Manny” Heffley. Nonetheless, the collective push to make the marketing campaign go viral was not as a result of they needed to interchange the American flag, however to trick Fox Information into reporting that this was one thing Technology Z truly desires to see occur.
In a petition created by TikTok star Will Wahony on Change.org, he said: “Our flag is outdated, doesn’t painting a great message, and admittedly, is ugly wanting. Technology Z has developed this prototype for our flag as we dive into our way forward for the usA. As you may inform, the blue within the prime proper nook has been modified to black, as a result of BLACK LIVES MATTER.”
#mannyflag a logo of unity and peace. pic.twitter.com/A1Cd0L2XeS
— wahony (@wahonyy) June 26, 2020
“The celebs on the flag have been changed with the icon of our era, The Manny, who symbolizes unity, justice, and being unproblematic. The crimson stripes have been changed with yellow stripes to represent happiness, positivity, readability, vitality, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, and mind.”
If the American flag was going to be up to date, the marketing campaign additionally referred to as for the Nationwide Anthem to be modified. The newly prompt music? Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow.”
“It solely is sensible for the nationwide anthem to be modified to an unimaginable masterpiece that brings again nostalgia to many members of probably the most competent and loving era on the planet,” the marketing campaign states.
Impressed by the TikTok’s viral petition which efficiently tricked President Trump’s marketing campaign into believing that 1 million individuals could be attending his rally in Tulsa, Wahony felt empowered.
“Technology Z is the longer term,” the petition states. “We will do one thing nice. Take a look at how simple it’s to come back along with our data about social media. We simply should be coming collectively for the suitable issues. Let’s change the world, one Manny at a time.”
Nameless Helped Bolster the Marketing campaign to Surge Previous 1 Million Signatures
We want 1,000,000 signatures to vary the U.S. flag and nationwide anthem. Nearly there. #mannyflag #Mannyflag2020 #opFanCam #riptrump https://t.co/jkDfUOkGY1
— Nameless (@YourAnonCentral) June 27, 2020
Whereas photos of the Manny flag began showing on Twitter on June 25, after Nameless, which has 6.5 million followers on the social media web site, shared the hyperlink to the marketing campaign on Saturday, the petition blew up with signatures and began trending nationally.
I rlly didn’t take note of twitter till the flag I designed is trending 😹 it’s not presupposed to go like this #mannyflag
in any case right here’s the untagged video ✌️😌 pic.twitter.com/aiStF46gGU
— toby phillips (@toborowitz) June 27, 2020
To additional the hoax, one on-line consumer tweeted said that he could be sporting yellow and black to have a good time Independence Day.
as a fellow gen z @FoxNews exchange the american flag with our manny flag. it represents unity and justice plus the american flag is simply ✨ugly✨ #mannyflag pic.twitter.com/sLpzafFTqA
— sierra✨acab🔪😍 (@sierraraineh) June 26, 2020
Quite a few individuals on Twitter additionally shared the e-mails they despatched to Fox Information staffers about their petition. As of Saturday night, over 1 million individuals had signed the Manny Flag marketing campaign.
Wahony Defined the True Aim Behind the Manny Marketing campaign in a Video
After the Manny Flag marketing campaign grew in reputation on each TikTok and Twitter, Wahony defined the trickery behind the marketing campaign. He stated, “Yesterday, I made a video that blew up about Gen Z can come collectively and might prank anybody simply because we really feel prefer it. So, right here’s the plan: Our objective is to persuade fox information to make a narrative on how gen z is making an attempt to vary the American flag.”
“Clearly, the flag isn’t going to be modified however it’s f***ing humorous… So Oh yeah, unfold the phrase. Let’s f***ing do it.”
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