Since this morning, #PrayForArgentina has been trending on Twitter worldwide causing a cluster of confusion and delight and anger because Argentines are offended. Wait, no, Argentina’s the culprit. No, really, what’s this all about?
#PrayForArgentina wait why is this trending i live here what’s going on omfg
— leafyspanda (@leafyspanda) July 27, 2016
The hashtag appeared following rumors online that Argentina may potentially be targeted by the Islamic State (ISIS). However, it did not rise from any particular attack, shooting or stabbing, as we’ve all unfortunately become all too accustomed to these last few weeks amid numerous attacks and accompanying social media solidarity campaigns, and instead appears to have arisen as a joke.
Many users on the Twitter-sphere were not pleased when they found out that the hashtag was made in jest, some because they found it offensive in light of the real violence that led to such solidarity campaigns, and possibly others because they’d already texted every Argentine they know frantically asking if things were todo bien.
— Laura (@BANNEDJAI) July 27, 2016
i was actually scared that something happened, whoever started this is sick #PrayForArgentina
— kat (@soIoteens) July 27, 2016
Others joined in the fun.
— Untu [hey… hi…] (@Untu98) July 27, 2016
(The impending spike in cooking oil prices have seen Argentines raid supermarkets and led to oil shortages. Oil is necessary to make our beloved milanesas.)
Whatever your stance, here are some of social media’s responses to #PrayForArgentina.
Oh jeez whats happened now? #PrayForArgentina
— June Donnelly (@Junie0406) July 27, 2016
#PrayForArgentina nothing’s wrong with us, we’re just boludos sin vida
— spicy lil jalapeña? (@ebxrle) July 27, 2016
— S (@coffeemim) July 27, 2016
— L? (@bradsdabomb) July 27, 2016
— Todi (@TodiTKB) July 27, 2016
#PrayForArgentina i’m going to explain the joke, it’s about the price of the food, that’s why pray for us, it’s like the hunger games here
— BarbyBarby (@bar_pavese) July 27, 2016
Porque todavía no tenemos pokemon go #PrayForArgentina
— pinky (@jblxhayes) July 27, 2016
#PrayForArgentina just because our president is Macri.
— Pandora (@BFMarcos) July 27, 2016
— Kassy (@KassyBoombang) July 27, 2016