It seems like we can’t even go a month without some stupid journalists falling for a prank anymore. This is starting to become a trend. At least once a month, /pol/ makes shit up to troll journalists, the journalists fall for it, normies believe the journalists and then get offended by something that is completely fabricated, making them look like idiots. It works like literally, every single time. Trolls have either become too smart, or the general population has just become too dumb.
About two months ago, 4chan trolls on /pol/ set out to convince journalists that the “OK” sign was a white supremacist symbol. Calling it “operation OKKK”, they set out to convince internet users, mostly on Twitter, that the OK sign had been co-opted by Neo Nazis. Users were advised to create fake social media account of “basic white girl names” and spam the social media sites, accusing the sign of being racist. “Leftists have dug so deep down into their lunacy. We must force [them ]to dig more, until the rest of society ain’t going anywhere near that shit”, the user said:
They created several memes of supposedly racist people using the sign, to make it seem more believable that the sign is indeed racist:
In no time, posts begun appearing all over social media, accusing the sign of being racist:
In the subsequent days and month, other posts were made on /pol/ to keep the operation active and alive.
Users were asked to use the hashtag “#Notok” to spread the message:
Surely, this is too far fetched, right? No journalists could possibly fall for this.
In no time, an article appeared online, titled “The OK sign is becoming a white supremacist symbol“. The author of the article said he had no idea how the sign became an alt-right symbol, but suggested that Pepe may be to blame:
It’s unclear exactly how the OK symbol got started as an alt-right meme, but it may trace back to a version of “Smug Pepe,” a meme in which Pepe holds his chin. In one variation he’s instead making an OK hand gesture, reminiscent of Trump.
Even The Independent took the bait this week, accusing two white house correspondents of being white supremacists for making the hand sign. The Independent also pointed to Pepe as the possible source of the “hate symbol”
Freelance journalist Mike Cernovich and Cassandra Fairbanks, a reporter for Russian news outlet Sputnik, posed for a picture behind the podium in the White House briefing room. In the photo, they are making a hand sign that can be used to signify “white power.”
The symbol……..has become more contentious with the rise of the alt-right – a far-right contingent in the United States that rejects both mainstream conservatism and liberal ideologies. The self-proclaimed founder of the alt-right, Richard Spencer, is a well-known white supremacist.
The resurgence of the symbol may be traced back to a popular alt-right meme, known as “smug Pepe,” which began circulating on alt-right, pro-Trump message boards in 2015. Mr Trump often uses the symbol when speaking, explaining its significance with the president’s supporters.
And now /pol/ can take a bow for a prank well played: