A peculiar Twitter thread has been going viral a few days ago where it asks netizens on Twitterverse to “RT for Cik B, Like for BTS.”, saying that it is for “research purpose”.
Most of us would think that BTS would get the higher number considering their international popularity, but surprisingly Cik B is the one in the lead.
For research purposes.
RT untuk Cik B, like untuk BTS. pic.twitter.com/W0SrnBYWfm
— dnial sᴇᴘᴇᴛ (@Danial_mokthar) November 27, 2018
As of this time of writing, the thread has been retweeted 13.4k times and has gained a total of 3.9k likes.
If you’re surprised by the numbers, here are some explanations provided by Malaysian ARMYs.
well at least, BTS known by around the world and those who RTed Cik B are just from Malaysia. that's all and thanks sebab guna gambar BTS yang handsome gituu.
— — (@astrvmin) November 29, 2018
Hi let me help you 😊
If your research bout populariti dalam malaysia. Cik B yes. BTS not. Cuz yes malaysian have that kind mentaliti bout korean artist.
Kalau international hm maybe you boleh search je dari lirik lagu, pencapaian diorang dan UNICEF ambassador. 👍
— Joon💜 (@BlueCrabRm) November 27, 2018
i hope you write in your research that most of the people who RT’ed this tweet will RT even a stone against BTS just to prove how much ‘unpopular’ the group is and how much the other subject is being loved more than BTS.
— A is for Aesthetic Aisyah🥨 (@aisyabarnes) November 27, 2018
So in conclusion, most of the people who retweeted are Malaysians who either hate BTS or K-pop as a whole.
Also, since the thread is written in Malay language, international ARMYs wouldn’t be able to understand what the tweet is about, which might explained the lesser number in likes. Even Dato Seri Vida was shocked by the amount of retweets Cik B received.
Apparently, this is not the first time such thread has been made. Previously, another user has compared the popularity of BTS with a local comedian, and the result is similar.
Many netizens including us wonder if the tweet is really for research or is it just to gain some attention. Well either way, it worked.
RETWEET utk Ebby Yus
LIKE utk BTS pic.twitter.com/JXd9YVEXLb
— Сабрина (@raja_arif_) November 24, 2018
So who would you pick? Cik B, BTS, or Ebby Yus?