Memes parodying Mike Bloomberg's paid Instagram meme campaign are flooding the internet
It can be difficult to distinguish between the real sponsored Bloomberg posts and the fakers – but that may have been the campaign's intention.resurfaced transphobic statements have made him a controversial candidate. The meme copying and unofficial iterations were almost certainly intentional – in many cases, it's just free exposure – and the initial format is easily customizable (and easy enough to imitate with Photoshop or fake Instagram DM generators that are just a click away). It's the perfect recipe for meme success. The Bloomberg DM meme has taken on a life of its own, and unofficial sponsored posts still benefit the candidate – for free Over the past few days, dozens of copycat Bloomberg DM memes have appeared on Instagram, created by accounts that either openly admit they're just copying the trend or are fully pretending to be sponsored by the candidate. Many of the official memes include the Instagram feature that shows when a post is sponsored, with a banner at the top that says "Paid partnership with mikebloomberg." But not every officially sponsored post does, including the "@f---jerry" post, which just uses the caption that says it's "really" sponsored by Bloomberg. A post shared by George Lucas Fit Pics (@georgelucasfits) on Feb 13, 2020 at 11:20am PST Feb 13, 2020 at 11:20am PST A lot of the copycat posts use the same "yes this is really #sponsored by @mikebloomberg" text, either as an ironic joke or an imitation tactic. Others openly say it's just a parody (some say "no, this is not really #sponsored by @mikebloomberg"). And others are even murkier, just saying "#sponsored." A post shared by Attorneys at Claw, LLC (@attorneys.at.claw) on Feb 13, 2020 at 12:43pm PST Feb 13, 2020 at 12:43pm PST If you have an eye for it, it's easy enough to distinguish between the real ones and the fakers, thanks to sloppy photo manipulation, easily identifiable DM generator markings, or just accounts with very small followings pretending they're big enough to get sponsored. But a casual scroller may not be able to tell the difference. Many copycats are clearly using the meme format for self-promotion or to get in on a viral joke – which is exactly how memes normally function, making it a feature, not a bug, of the Meme 2020/Bloomberg campaign. A post shared by Chris Barnes (@christopherbarnes) on Feb 13, 2020 at 9:23am PST Feb 13, 2020 at 9:23am PST There's also been backlash to the Bloomberg campaign, but the negative attention still gets people talking about the candidate, especially among younger voters who are more likely to be following people like "@thefatjewish." That well-known meme account, which has 11 million followers, replied to one of the Bloomberg posts in a comment and signaled his displeasure with Meme 2020, which he says approached him. —Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) February 13, 2020 "I grew up in New York City so I can tell you firsthand, Bloomberg is a colossal s---bag," he wrote. "I'd encourage any meme account owner to take schmoney from basically any brand (and use it to buy sick s--- like jetskis and pure bred corgis) because brands are trash and deserve to have their money taken, but this dystopian black mirror simulation is too much for me i now need to be shot into the f---ing sun k bye [sic]." Negative-slanted Bloomberg meme copies follow a similar format to the official ones, but highlight the candidate's controversies. One, in response to Bloomberg's faux proposition, says, "Dope, can I mention how you said that blacks commit 95% of murders in NYC? that could be some comedy gold." A post shared by Matt (@matthewsburgoon) on Feb 13, 2020 at 10:33am PST Feb 13, 2020 at 10:33am PST That may have the opposite effect of the conversation Bloomberg's campaign was hoping to generate with memes, but the positive-slanted ones from the major accounts they actually partnered with still dwarf the naysayers. Read more: Read more: Business Insider
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