Here's Why You've Been Warned About Aug. 27
At this point, you've likely heard of the infamous Aug. 27. You've likely come across a TikTok telling you that Aug. 27 is a very important date — but you don't know much more than that. It's not a holiday. It's not election day. So, what is actually happening on Aug. 27? With rumors spreading wild on social media, here's an important reminder not to believe everything you see.
What happens on Aug. 27?
An odd "August 27th" hashtag started making the rounds on TikTok and it's only odd because it all points back to one video that people couldn’t make sense of. It didn't take long for the hashtag to start popping up on Twitter, too, with users wondering what this whole Aug. 27 thing was all about.
"August 27th!! Get ready!" one Tweet said, also including the hashtag, #august27.
"What's happening on august 27th," another asked on Twitter.
"So like what’s supposed to happen on August 27th that everyone on tiktok keeps talking about lmao," a third person asked.
Turns out, the whole trend started on July 6, 2020, when TikTok user @stfusamantha posted a video. The video utilized an interesting filter that gave it a slightly spooky feel with deep blues and bright yellow eyes.
The user is looking at the camera with her arms crossed in front of her, with the soundtrack of "Such a wh0re slowed" by billie.is.my_wife in the background. And while the user herself doesn't say anything in the video, she wrote an ominous message on the screen.
"If this is on your FYP [for you page] … congratulations. You've been chosen. Remember the date August 27th its important," the message says while she smiles cheekily at the camera.
What's with the ominous warning?
The spooky message seemed to freak people out and the video at time of publication had more than 6.4 million plays. Everyone was curious what happens on Aug. 27, but it turns out — nothing? The video wasn't made to point to anything specific. She was just trying to make a fun video.
On Twitter, one user uncovered the trend and screenshotted some comments @stfusamantha made to explain what she meant with the video.
"i literally had no idea that'd blow up like that lmfao that wasnt even the goal i just wanted to make a weird video," she said. Adding, "the fact that people actually think i know whats gunna happen in a month is ridiculous, come on now yall."
A rumor started that Aug. 27 will be the day of Donald Trump's death.
Thanks to the original video, a number of different rumors about what Aug. 27 would be started popping up, but the most prominent one was that Aug. 27 will be the day President Trump dies. Why? Because The Simpsons predicted it. There's just one problem with that theory: The Simpsons never predicted Trump's death.
You've likely seen the above image of a Simpsons-like Trump in a casket online, but the image is not real and was never on The Simpsons. Although a character of Trump has appeared on The Simpsons before, he was never killed off, nor did the show give a date for his death.