Remember earlier this year when Canada was supposed to get a nation-wide text alert and it failed epically? Well, the same thing happened in the United States this week, except they called theirs a “Presidential Alert.” The problem? Maaany people don’t want alerts from that particular president. And they expressed those views. Like, a lot.
Luckily the only presidential alert I got yesterday was @MichelleObama tweet henny! Lord Jesus spared me that orange mans alert thank youuuuuu
— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) October 4, 2018
How do I stop a sexual predator from texting me?
Asking for 225,000,000 friends. #PresidentialAlert
— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) October 4, 2018
— Lauren Larson (@iamlaurenlarson) October 4, 2018
So basically, this thing was a joke long before it even started. And it continued to be one all day … and into the next day. Essentially, no one is taking it seriously and it’s not a worldwide meme. Welcome to 2018: where people can’t even take a potentially life-saving technology seriously.
We’re not complaining, just simply observing.
Did everyone get this? pic.twitter.com/UurRByPc8l
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) October 3, 2018
— Kaito🎈 (@KaitoBuffoon) October 4, 2018
— Marwa Osman (@Marwa__Osman) October 4, 2018
Me looking at the presidential alert pop up on my phone https://t.co/8QRKQV8LEo
— $WEATY (@sarabarber1125) October 4, 2018
— Presidential Alert (@POTUSAlert) October 4, 2018
Unprecedented Presidential Alert / Non-Alert pic.twitter.com/GLwqFB1sbc
— Λ (@SOHODusk) October 4, 2018
the only presidential alert i want pic.twitter.com/34YPI1qg8N
— ALIE (scorpio) ARLINGTON (@fjnallyclean13) October 4, 2018
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) October 4, 2018
— Ellen DeGeneres (@The__EIIenShow) October 4, 2018
— rachel (@rachel_bagley) October 3, 2018
— J Keith Hall (@JKHallATL) October 4, 2018
Could this have all been avoided by simply calling the thing “Federal Alert,” “Government Alert” or even just “Emergency Alert”? Yes, totally.
Jimmy Kimmel went full Hollywood and gave the “bad idea” the same treatment Twinkletown gives every other bad idea that crosses its path: he made a movie about it.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) October 4, 2018
We can only hope that if there’s ever a real mass emergency, the alert system will actually be effective.