A woman who became an internet darling after a video of her seemingly endorsing a presidential candidate has lost tens of thousands of her new followers after revealing more than her political opinion.
The woman, who goes by the name Neekolul online, went viral with a video of her dancing to a song featuring the “OK Boomer” meme while wearing a shirt endorsing independent US senator Bernie Sanders – currently fighting Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination ahead of the 2020 US presidential election.
The video has since been viewed more than 16 million times.
As the video began going viral, many posters online quickly became enamoured with the partnered Twitch streamer’s beauty, detailing their struggle to not engage in “simp” behaviour in response to her posts.
I must not simp. Simping is the mind-killer. Simping is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my simping. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the simping has g https://t.co/QqWgrWOrUW
— thot chocolate (@shreyabasu003) March 9, 2020
Lord forgive me for I’m about to simp smh
— 🥰🥰 (@ProSimpMaster) March 5, 2020
A “simp” is a person – usually a man but not always – who tries to attract women by acting subservient and submissive, or “simple”.
The relatively new term is rising in popularity as a sort of update to classics like “nice guys” who are usually anything but and “reply guys” who consistently respond to a woman’s tweets with overly familiar or suggestive comments.
As the label is still in its infancy, people are yet to decide whether “simp” is a fitting insult for guys who think they’re entitled to attention from women as a result of basic decency or politeness, or a misogynistic term to shame men who treat women with respect, or “just not like trash”, as described by online men’s magazine Mel.
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In the case of Neekolul, it appears to be the former, after she revealed one detail of her life that saw many of her new “simp” followers abandon her.
After surging in popularity on Twitter after posting the video of herself dancing in her Bernie shirt last week, Neekolul lost close to 65,000 followers in the space of 48 hours after revealing the 78-year-old senator isn’t the only man in her life.
Neekolul had over 100K followers yesterday. She then said on a twitch stream that she has a boyfriend. Now she has under 30K. pic.twitter.com/GgMdU19F5w
— Miz Alicia👺 (Metera simp) (@Silverquartx) March 10, 2020
Finding out you have a boyfriend through social media was a tuff way to find out. I can’t do this no more.
— john (@renting_dory) March 10, 2020
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Some “simps” did not take the news that she already had a boyfriend well.
When I saw NeekoLul with her boyfriend, I reported all of her tweets
— Fury 🇬🇧 (@rnfury) March 9, 2020
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Whether the above poster was serious, it looks as though someone had been reporting Neekolul’s tweets in the wake of the revelation.
Her account appears to have been briefly suspended, before reappearing.
It’s believed a copyright issue was the trigger for the suspension and led to her popular video being blocked in some countries.
Neekolul responded to the “simp” behaviour in a Twitch stream saying the criticism wasn’t warranted and she couldn’t understand it.
“When someone is talking about guys ‘simping’ for a girl, I just don’t understand what’s wrong with like, worshipping a girl,” she said.
“There’s nothing wrong with that okay … girls deserve to be worshipped. Not saying specifically me, but girls should be worshipped. It doesn’t mean you’re a ‘simp’, simping isn’t bad, simping is king sh*t. You’re a king if you’re not afraid to simp,” she said, to the relief of some.
All of the simps shriek in excitement today for simping has been declared “king sh*t” (this is a non swearing server), but they are also still filled with sadness for their queen ‘neekolul’ has stated she has a boyfriend, yet they’re filled with hope as they attempt to simp again
— Danana Boge (@at_the_speed) March 10, 2020
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In the emerging politics of “simp behaviour” the case of Neekolul could soon prove a catalyst, but it’s unlikely her stance will do much to convince the thousands of “simps” who have already unfollowed her.
Whether or not her revelation that she has a boyfriend will damage Bernie Sanders’ chances of clinching the Democratic nomination remains to be seen.
Their sickening levels of “simping” could potentially be alleviated by Sanders’ proposed plan for universal healthcare, but it’s likely many of the “simps” who followed and then abandoned Neekolul are not in the US, or old enough to vote anyway.
Have you ever engaged in ‘simp’ behaviour on the timeline? Let us know whether you think it’s a king move in the comments below.
Originally published as Why internet abandoned ‘OK Boomer’ babe