WHEN IT COMES TO APRIL FOOL’S DURING COVID-19, BE LIKE LIL NAS X, NOT JYJ’S JAEJOONG

I had hoped that if there was one good thing about the Covid-19 pandemic, it’d be that we could go about our lives on 1st April and and avoid the usual influx of dumb April Fool’s Day Pranks. And considering that John Hopkins University of Medicine reported there are now 932,000 worldwide confirmed cases of Covid-19, nearly 100,000 more since yesterday, you’d hope no one would do the unspeakable

Srsly, if you had one look at the state of the world right now, you’d probably not suggest on social media you have Covid-19, worry your friends and family and then reveal it as one obnoxious prank. Like Jaeyong of JYJ totallyyy didn’t do. 

Alas, y’all, we thought wrong. 

Don’t be like Jaejoong and fake a positive Covid-19 diagnosis…

As the New York Times reports, Jaejoong, a member of K-Pop group JYJ, told fans in a now deleted Instagram post that he tested positive for Covid-19. As the post claimed, he was stuck in Japan, hospitalised and scared. 

Naturally, his fans were heartbroken. They turned to the comments and shared words of support, crying in disbelief that their fave was now at risk. An hour later, Jaejoong edited the post as an April Fools Day joke and admitted he lied and shared the prank to raise awareness of the outbreak. 

And look, however you unpack that intention, one thing’s for certain: this ain’t it chief. 

The biggest problem here is that if Jaeyoong did test positive for Covid-19, he would’ve been the biggest celebrity in South Korea to have revealed a positive diagnosis. It would hit home to a lot of fans the severity and how they need to take care of themselves, but it also stresses just how much of an impact his dumb prank would cost not only his career but the morale of young people in the country and its fans beyond.

Jaejoong is currently in Japan, a country that is not practising as rigorous social distancing methods as South Korea. As some fans claimed when defending him, Jaejoong has heard stories of people around him being infected, and acted out of paranoia and fear he might have it. And yet, implying he was hospitalised and had it without testing, and on fucking April Fool’s Day is, not a laughing matter or excusable here.

Don’t be like Jaejoong, gang. Don’t tell those that love you that you might have Covid-19 when you haven’t actually been tested. And, especially, don’t do it as a joke.

Instead, on April Fools Day, be like our resident meme king Lil Nas X

Meanwhile, Lil Nas X, our resident queer country king and memester took to Twitter to finally admit something.

“I was never gay,” he wrote. “I said it to build up fuel for April Fool’s Day. Ha, got u guys.”

“How do you know,” asked fan xspoof.

“Let’s kiss and find out,” the “Old Town Road” singer replied. 

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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