This weekend the city of Brussels was on lockdown following a terror threat and citizens were instructed to not share the location of police on social media. But they weren’t instructed to stop using social media, so use social media they did.
In place of tweeting what the police were up to (a move that could aid potential terrorists), people began tweeting photos of the internet’s holiest god, the cat, under the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown. This came about because the security level was at four, or in French, “Qatre,” pronounced “cat.” The multilingual city wanted to make it known they were not afraid. Also, that they loved cats.
The cats were both the good guys and the bad guys! The plebes and the aristocrats — excuse me, aristocats! Booyah!
Not only would the bad guys be confused if they were to see all these cat memes on the #BrusselsLockdown tag, perhaps they’d be so won over by cuteness they’d give up their evil schemes. Right? Right?
Brussels is still in lockdown, going into their fourth day. Despite circumstances, the people there have a pretty good attitude about it all. Ultimately, the bad guys will lose. The cats have won. That’s the way it should be.
breadcat photo via Flickr user pinguino k