Rise Up Against Donald Trump . . . And Support The Falcons?

An NFL-branded hashtag is confusing refugee policy with the Super Bowl

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Jan 30, 2017 at 11:45 AM ET

In these days of Trump’s Muslim Ban, dissidents are using social media to inspire others to protest . . . and to pick sides for Sunday’s Super Bowl. You see, in simpler times—circa Week 1 of the NFL season—the Atlanta Falcons’ branded hashtag, #RiseUp, was merely a sophomoric joke.

As people tag their rally-cry tweets with all the appropriate searchable hashtags in solidarity with the refugees and immigrants affected by the president’s executive order, they are doing so with unexpected results. (Oddly, embedded tweets don’t show the emoji but clicking through reveals the situation.)

There’s a certain relevance to this happenstance, of course, as the Patriots’ owner, coach, and quarterback—Bob Kraft, Bill Belichick, and Tom Brady—are all known friends of Trump, which for many is reason enough to rise up against New England.

Eventually, folks started realizing the confusion.

And I think Kelli Johnson speaks for all of us in reply: