April 24th "National Rape Day" TikTok Trend with examples on TikTok.

April 24th "National Rape Day" / 4/24 TikTok Trend

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About

April 24th "National Rape Day" TikTok Trend refers to numerous videos posted to TikTok in April 2021 warning people about a rumored "national rape day" to be celebrated on the 24th of the month. The rumor, started by trolls, quickly spread outside of TikTok, leading many news outlets and users to post warnings about it leading up to the date.

Origin

Jokes and posts about a "national rape day" date back to at least 2010 on Twitter,[1][2] although none mention April 24th specifically or purport the day to be a real, practiced thing, more so using the phrase for comedic shock value (example shown below). Jokes about the day can also be found on 4chan[3] starting in 2015.


The Alpha Jerk @FATMANKEY It is national r--- day. 2:55 PM · Oct 17, 2010 · ÜberSocialOrig roscandans @roscandansbNh Lmfao so many people threaten to r--- each other, especially today. its official September 28th is National R--- Day 9:40 PM · Sep 28, 2010 · Twitter Web Client

On April 11th, 2019, Urban Dictionary user KossanTone published[14] a now-deleted definition for "National Rape Day," defining it as, "April 24th! The day when it's legal to rape people! So go ahead have sex with everyone, even your friends🌵." On March 20th, 2021, TikToker[6] @glambyizzy posted a skit sharing the definition and expressing disbelief about it, garnering over 789,000 views in a month (shown below). This is the earliest known video warning users about the date.

Prior to KossanTone's definition, two earlier entries for "National Rape Day" were made on Urban Dictionary[14] in May 2018.


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6941596491416997126

On March 21st, 2021, Redditor[4] u/bowlerboy2 posted a screenshot of the definition to /r/AreTheStraightsOK, garnering over 720 upvotes in just under a month (shown below). On March 22nd, 9GAG[5] user WTF posted a similar screenshot titled "Guys when will this happen," garnering 30 points in a comparable span of time.


TOP DEFINITION National R--- Day April 24th! The day when it's legal to r--- people! So go ahead have sex with everyone, even your friends Jennifer: Daddy you know what day it is today! Her sugar daddy: it's national r--- day! by KossanTone April 11, 2019

Allegedly, a group of six men started spreading news of the day on TikTok sometime in March,[7] however, none of these videos have surfaced and no accounts have been found actively supporting national rape day on the platform.

Spread

In April 2021, numerous TikTokers[8][9] started uploading videos warning users about April 24 and encouraging them to stay home, as well as threatening anyone who jokes about the day or plans on participating in it (examples shown below, left and right). Many note that the day is likely a troll, but warn users anyway to be on the safe side.


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6951917669943676165
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6950661234056236294

On April 4th, 2021, Urban Dictionary[13] user Some bisexual kid defined "National rape day" as "National rape day is shit. It was made by horny males, who think rape is funny. If you think rape is cool, your going to hell. Rape is f-çk1ng gross, for one. It's also disrespectful, and if you rape somebody, I won't see you in heaven. -A bisexual girl, who has been raped." The post gained over 1,800 upvotes in two weeks, becoming the top definition for the term (shown below).


National r--- day National r--- day is s---. It was made by horny males, who think r--- is funny. If you think r--- is cool, your going to hell. R--- is f-çking gross, for one. It's also disrespectful, and if you r--- somebody, I won't see you in heaven. -A bisexual girl, who has been r----. James: "watching girls get r---- is funny. National r--- day, it great." Me: "yeah, no. It's all fun and games untill your sister, female cousin, aunt, or mom gets r----."

Word about the day spread further across social media in mid-April leading up to the 24th. For example, on April 15th, Twitter[10] user @11ralexis posted, "True or not I’d rather be safe than sorry. As always us ladies need to be aware & stay safe. There are rumors of APRIL 24th being 'national rape day' PLEASE PAY ATTENTION EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY THIS DAY IN CASE SOMEONE ACTUALLY TRIES THIS." The post garnered over 1,100 retweets and 1,300 likes in four days (shown below).


Lex ... @11ralexis LADIES !! !! True or not l'd rather be safe than sorry. As always us ladies need to be aware & stay safe. There are rumors of APRIL 24th being "national r--- day" PLEASE PAY ATTENTION EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY THIS DAY IN CASE SOMEONE ACTUALLY TRIES THIS.

The rumors were reported on by a number of news outlets that month. On April 17th, HITC[11] published an article explaining how to report users supporting the date. On April 18th, Newsweek[12] reported on the trend.

Various Examples


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6951744757374668037
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6952267050018508037
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6951933079439019270
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6952786771281251590
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6951877306038226182
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6952280940760648966

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