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Are TikTok teens throwing up gang signs in their videos?

‘UR GONNA GET SHOT STOP IT.’

 

Rachel Kiley

Internet Culture

From girls dancing to voicemails left by their sh*tty exes to meme-ing the PSATs, there seems to be a TikTok challenge for everything. For one of the latest, teens are wiping their fingers under their noses and giving a thumbs down afterward.

But many are pointing out that they seem to be either knowingly or unknowingly throwing up a gang sign.

https://twitter.com/FLAWLESSLEXO/status/1184236597673259008

https://twitter.com/VideosCryptic/status/1183606585404416000

https://twitter.com/sadskronniee/status/1184654285574942720

https://twitter.com/MariBePompon/status/1184923455713464320

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXenG-YnQRs

“Natural selection,” one Twitter user joked, before clarifying that the motion is actually a gang sign used by the Bloods gang and “many have died behind this.”

if u do that tik tok slatt thing in certain areas in public UR GONNA GET SHOT STOP IT,” another cautioned. 

And it’s not just the teens doing it. The challenge seemed to make its way into a school where faculty members were seen doing it.

https://twitter.com/izzyjaxon/status/1185272470141575170

https://twitter.com/mxmx_mv/status/1185507046986309634

https://twitter.com/ShaneAppling/status/1184191222107312128

https://twitter.com/shadowhillgrant/status/1184596432671526912

https://twitter.com/MuvaMimi/status/1184290263931506698

https://twitter.com/nysfat/status/1184771954873655296

The videos are being captioned and called slatt and/or slime. Young Thug popularized the terms through his music, and the two are heavily associated with him. So, hopefully, TikTokkers just think they are doing some Young Thug challenge.

And, while many argue the sign is affiliated with the Bloods gang, the Daily Dot could not find any explicit evidence of such.

“I swear if I see one more 90 pound white girl on TikTok throwing gang signs imma stick a toothpick under my toenail and kick a wall,” one person tweeted.

https://twitter.com/usa_depressed/status/1185312701439975425

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