Relying heavily on a report by the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), NBC News published this article Thursday that defines ‘boogaloo’ as a fringe term used by an “anti-government movement that advocates for a violent uprising targeting liberal political opponents and law enforcement.”
It breathlessly warns that the “new and discreet” term has moved from the “fringes of the internet into the mainstream” — they're scared, and you should be too.
Within the context of the gun rights movement, the term ‘boogaloo’ is typically used in reference to a second Civil War, facetiously called “Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo” — a play-on-words based on the widely mocked 1984 movie sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Forget if you can that the article (quite revealingly) equates “anti-government” to “pro-Second Amendment,” and let's just focus on its underlying message: words equal violence.
After all, there isn't a single violent incident cited in the entire piece. There are several references to potential violence. There are plenty of innuendos about racist threats and white supremacy. But why was it so hard for NBC News to find an actual example of violence? What about that scary Virginia rally?
Is using the word ‘boogaloo’ itself the act of violence? Must be.
Everyone knows, if the media ever decided to write about Antifa symbols and lingo instead, they would have no problem finding numerous examples of actual violence — nasty bike-lock-to-the-head violence.
In the media's version of America, posting a meme is the act of violence, but Antifa thugs smashing actual heads? They're just exercising their free-speech rights. You are the violent extremist. Get it right.
Although it's tempting to be dismissive, this article and the countless others like it are part of a pattern of labeling supporters of the Second Amendment as dangerous, simply for their beliefs. And dangerous people should never have guns.
See it now? It's a dual attack on the First and Second Amendments.
In a sad bit of irony, the same press that cloaks itself in the protections of the First Amendment is working to erode those very same protections for everyday, law-abiding citizens.
Limits on speech should be almost non-existent, and we are a long ways away from yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded theater here.
Never mind the term has been used for years in a wide variety of memes, jokes and ideas. That's all over now. The extreme right has adopted it. According to the media, ‘boogaloo’ is now officially off limits.
What is the 'boogaloo'? How online calls for a violent uprising are hitting the mainstream https://t.co/WT9Px0xv0G— DeepClips (@DeepClips) February 21, 2020
How ‘Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo’ Became a Movie and Then a Meme https://t.co/ES2FsWiToe— DeepClips (@DeepClips) February 21, 2020
Watch the trailer for the 1984 movie Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo below.
“Sequels are all about raising the stakes, and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo does exactly that. In fact, it's virtually identical to the first Breakin', only with a sillier plot and crazier dance sequences. It also retains its predecessor's sense of pure glee, preventing the movie from feeling like the crass cash-in it actually is.”
Tim Pool addressed the media's need to label the ‘Boogaloo’ meme as dangerous right wing propaganda in a video last month where he discusses the incredulous influence the anonymous online forum 4chan has on today's news media. Watch below.
The Boogaloo: Extremists’ New Slang Term for A Coming Civil War https://t.co/QtlSTI9TK9— DeepClips (@DeepClips) February 21, 2020
'Boogaloo' Is The New Far-Right Slang For Civil War https://t.co/5BdcpEXGXJ— DeepClips (@DeepClips) February 21, 2020
From the NCRI White Paper, Memetic Warfare:
The result of an analysis of over 100 million social media comments, the authors demonstrate how the boogaloo meme is “a joke for some, acts as a violent meme that circulates instructions for a violent, viralinsurgency for others.” Using it, like turning off the transponders on 9/11, enables the extremistst hide in plain sight, disappearing into the clutter of innocent messages, other data points. It should be of particular concern, the authors note, for the military, for whom “the meme’s emphasis on military language and culture poses a special risk.”
Read the full NCRI white paper below.
And just because, here is James Brown teaching you how to boogaloo. Enjoy!