A close shave with history.
It was a close one, there, for the World Surf League. Days ago, the “global home of surfing’s” biggest engaged audience, which enjoys the “viral” application TikTok, was under threat. The World Surf League has deftly used various silly goose to-camera behaviors to win the hearts and minds of today’s youth.
Pete Mel acting like a teenage girl for the win.
All was almost lost, though, as mentioned. For in the vacuum created by a lack of Championship Tour surfing events, that same audience discovered Osama bin Laden. A letter he wrote to the American people some twenty-odd years ago began “trending” though “without context.”
That meaning the letter was all by itself without commentary telling the youngsters that it was wrong and bad and, maybe, that bin Laden was the mastermind of 9/11 which was, also, wrong and bad.
American congresspeople, always on the cutting edge of boldness and reason, threatened to ban TikTok from the land of the brave and free entirely. Various World Surf League chiefs only able to wring their hands and meditate.
TikTok to the World Surf League Rescue
Overnight, though, TikTok has come swinging in, assuaging fears, comforting the weary by declaring, “Content promoting this letter clearly violates our rules on supporting any form of terrorism. We are proactively and aggressively removing this content and investigating how it got onto our platform.”
“There is never a justification for spreading the repugnant, evil, and antisemitic lies that the leader of al Qaeda issued just after committing the worst terrorist attack in American history,” White House spokesperson Andrew Bates told CNN, smh.
In any case, it appears, for now, the World Surf League’s TikTok-heavy audience will have to go “off platform” do discover more illegal things about Osama bin Laden.
I met one of his cousins, once. Bro like to keep it on the DL.