Miley Cyrus fans were sent into a frenzy today when they saw the hashtag #RIPMileyCyrus trending on Twitter. Many were worried thinking the pop star had passed away.
What an awful thing to wake up this morning and one of the first things you see is #RIPMileyCyrus! My heart sank! THANKFULLY she’s fine!!
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) August 15, 2016
Upon further research, it was discovered that the hashtag was actually caused by angry K-Pop fans accusing Cyrus’ fans of bring “racist” towards the K-Pop music genre.
The drama started when a Miley Cyrus fan allegedly said that “K-Pop is only known in Asia” along with other racist comments and the hashtag #RIPMileyCyrus, according to Twitter user @xVisualee.
@GeorgeDamn because a Miley Cyrus fan attacked the KPOP fandom being all racist and judgemental and now the KPOP fandom is dragging them tbh
— AGUST D (@_anamahmed_) August 15, 2016
Both sides are currently blaming each other on who started the digital war. Twitter user @SurongQ tweeted:
“Miley stans started this ugly hashtag and then blamed K-pop fans. K-Pop stans (sic) didn’t do anything wrong. All they did is defend their idols from racist comments.”
— // Venny // (@DarthVenn) August 15, 2016
— BAMBAM… (@GOT7EXOBIGBTSJB) August 15, 2016
Right before the Miley Cyrus fiasco, the hashtag #exosnatchedjustinsfansparty started trending after fans of the K-pop group Exo went to twitter claiming that the group was more popular than Justin Bieber.
Bruh Miley ain’t dead but Justin’s career is #RIPMileyCyrus
— ☁️ 3DAYSTILLMERCY (@Destiniskylar) August 15, 2016
Exo’s fans pointed out that both acts had concerts on the same night in Tokyo, and uploaded photos from both concerts showing Bieber’s concert looking empty, while Exo’s had a packed house.
“The picture showed [Justin]’s venue almost empty while Exo’s venue was packed. So the user assumed fans chose Exo over [Justin] but it’s all wrong,” wrote UnrealityTV. “The picture was taken after [Justin’s] concert ended. A lot of fans went to Exo AFTER [Bieber].”
It’s incredible how a something so small can quickly turn the internet upside down. This is the power of passionate pop fans on social media. You have been warned people.