Twitter trends are always a fascinating sight to behold, but more so when people who normally spend all day in the office suddenly find themselves with a lot of time on their hands at home, thanks to the lockdown. For those of us among the middle class who can afford to stay home with an internet connection, most of us here are just minding our own business, trying to deal with the two of the most difficult things facing us in these times: avoiding COVID-19, and resisting the urge to get on Tiktok.
This week was quite an eye-popping rundown of hashtag after hashtag that trended across PH Twitter, and we’re living for it. Here now are just 8 of the most interesting ones that turned up on the first week of lockdown alone.
This is Cat Arambulo. A rich, elite social influencer cursing out WORKERS, daily wage workers, no pay no work labors, for going out to work or else their family will starve. Parasite isn’t just a movie. It’s our reality
— ᜊᜅᜆᜈ⁷ no bundles | reading tgcf (@yiIingtan) March 17, 2020
You’ve heard about her from a previous list, but she was trending on the first couple of days of lockdown thanks to her outburst, telling people to stay at home, except she didn’t use “people,” but a decidedly less charitable word.
Out of all the non-political celebrities who earned the ire of PH Twitter, Ms. Arambulo probably caught the most heat. It’s okay, she’s got her posse watching her back. Her Gucci Gang, if you will.
‼️MASS REPORT MOCHA USON’S FB PAGE – 8:00 PM TONIGHT ‼️
Mocha Uson has been blatantly attacking progressive public officials.
— ᴄᴊ (@cjsev7en) March 20, 2020
Proving that when given with a lot of time on their hands, people can be capable of great things, it looks like the daily routine of mass reporting Mocha’s page for sowing “hatred, discord, and lies” (their words, not ours) has become a party for PH Twitter since around last Friday. Since then, this game of Whack-A-Mocha has been going on, with her unpublishing her page and jumping to Banat By’s page (a co-admin of her blog and also allegedly her boyfriend) in quick succession everytime people rallied to have her page taken down.
Here’s the good news for Mocha: being deplatformed from Facebook doesn’t take away any of her free speech! She can still say whatever she wants, just not on Facebook. Who knew, right?
HE LITERALLY BEGGED TAYLOR TO PROMOTE HIM CAUSE HE KNOWS HE CAN’T ACCOMPLISH SUCCESS BY HIMSELF AND THEN HE HAD THE GUT TO CALL HER A BITCH AND SAID THAT HE MADE HER FAMOUS, WE HAVE TO LAUGH CHILE #TaylorToldTheTruth#KanyeWestIsOverParty pic.twitter.com/aGXtaazuhb
— s a r a a a a (@swifthadstay) March 21, 2020
It’s quite amazing to note that in the middle of random celebrities both local and foreign trending here and there, The biggest celebrity-related trend in PH Twitter is still the revelation that after all these years, Taylor Swift was indeed telling the truth about her discomfort regarding being on Kanye’s song, “Famous.”
We’d ask Kanye west for his side, but we’re pretty sure he’d rather be excluded from this narrative.
“stan red velvet stream psycho”
– vico sotto, 2020
— ˢᵘᵐᵐᵃˢʰᵉᵃⁿ (@6w4p0n6mH4lUp3t) March 19, 2020
Yes, everyone (who’s not a monster) is currently all agog over Vico Sotto, but the sheer amount of thirst that came with this hashtag was literally palpable. It’s not enough to #ProtectVico, they also had to proverbially mark their territory.
Only goes to show that what turns us on is not a hot body or a pretty face, but good freaking governance. Oh yeah, give me some of that fiscal responsibility, baby. That calculated risk assessment and responsive disaster management feels soooo good!
PANOORIN: Maagang pumunta sa Meycauayan-Valenzuela Checkpoint si Mang Boyong para mamahagi ng libreng taho sa lahat ng frontliners na nakapuwesto ngayon sa checkpoint. | via @LyzaAquinoDZMM pic.twitter.com/D0h9QRofzt
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) March 19, 2020
Don’t look now, but we definitely stan anyone who’s willing to pitch in and help out our frontliners. Mang Boyong, the longtime taho vendor who was giving out his wares for free to the people in the frontlines early last week, trended for this very reason.
We were pleasantly surprised to see this hashtag, given that the last time a “Mang” was trending on the internet, it wasn’t exactly SFW.
Whats happening Philippines? Covid Bryant tapos this? Coviduvidapdap?! pic.twitter.com/RdGwJfTnEs
— Eveer (@Yamete_nija) March 20, 2020
In the middle of this health crisis, someone decided to name their kid after COVID-19, and a Willie Revillame hit song. Can you come up with a more terrible duo? And here we thought Covid Bryant and Covid Rose had it bad.
Thank you kay @pusangkalat sa template.
— trusfrated (๑･̑-･̑๑) #FlattenTheCurve (@breadbutts) March 23, 2020
Trending over the weekend, we really don’t need to explain why this has been the most important (but only second most fascinating) hashtag trending online so far, given that four medical frontliners have already passed away due to COVID-19, and several more are fighting for their lives while we speak. With the exception of the president (for very obvious reasons), anyone who jumps the line just to get their test results despite not even showing any symptoms should be ashamed of themselves, because that is one less test that people with symptoms, or said frontliners, can use.
No jokes here, except the people we elected who betrayed our medical frontliners. The saddest kind.
#JoomZakol (But not spelled that way)
— Lyrιcyѕт (@itsjejuan) March 17, 2020
More than SOBRANG WILD, PH Twitter’s first day of lockdown will be marked by this hashtag. Because heavens to betsy, if people are this thirsty on Day 1 of the lockdown, how would they be near the end of it?!?
People were using the hashtag to, yes, invite each other to go on Zoom and to, well, do the second word, when spelled correctly. No video, just audio, according to the rules (so we heard). We here at the 8List don’t judge people for what they do in the privacy of their bedrooms, but we feel obligated to inform these people that aside from Zoom’s highly questionable terms and conditions with regards to privacy, the app is also highly susceptible to being eavesdropped on by hackers. Whoops!
What are some of the most interesting social media hashtags you’ve seen recently?