Joe Biden slip-up makes 'Luhan virus' trend and K-pop fans freak out thinking it's former Exo boy band member
Lu Han is a Chinese actor and former member of the South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo and its sub-group Exo-M
Joe Biden's presidential campaign has been quite an entertainment so far. From the presidential candidate mixing up his wife and sister on-stage to now dabbling in the ever so vast and multiplying fandom of K-pop, Biden never fails to amuse. Or confuse, as is the result of his latest slip-up on the camera, which has left fans of the music genre scratching their heads after he managed to get former 'Exo'-member Lu Han trend globally on Twitter.
In a viral clip, Biden can be seen addressing the novel coronavirus pandemic that has taken the entire planet by a massive uproar, ironically resulting in an absolute lockdown across the globe. As Biden discusses the outbreak, he possibly meant to refer to the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) as the Wuhan virus taken from the name of the Chinese city where the first outbreak happened and the city that's been since labeled as the origins of the virus, and a lot of other unsubstantiated labels. Now back to Biden; as the 77-year-old former US Vice President ended up referring to the virus as 'Luhan virus' instead of 'Wuhan virus', thus making the 29-year-old former boyband member trend in Twitter under the politics category, of all things.
The Chinese singer and actor used to be a member of the boy band 'Exo' and also its sub-group 'Exo-M', before leaving the group in October 2014. It's bad enough that every time a celebrity or artists' name trends on Twitter one can't help clutch their heart and assume the worst and now, thanks to Biden, 'locals' or people less acquainted with the ongoing trends of pop culture and social media got very concerned, very soon about why Lu Han was trending under American politics of all things.
We have seen this gimmick with Betty White and Oprah Winfrey in the last couple of weeks, but considering how fiercely loyal the K-pop fandom is, it's no surprise that they shot right back on Twitter with confused, but hilarious takes on Biden making Lu Han trend in times like these.
Expressing the entire fandom's shock and surprise upon noticing the trend, a fan tweeted: "I thought something happened to Luhan and the 14-year-old fan girl came out and I wanted to fight!" Another confused fan expressed their disappointing realization, sharing: "I got worried and then excited and it has nothing to do with Luhan but with Biden."
The moment a user explained the whole slip-up on Twitter and accused 'locals' of wondering who Lu Han is, a fan retweeted it adding: "This sh*t got me weak. i miss luhan tho!" Another fan spun this whole thing into a dystopian satire, tweeting: "Luhan is trending. luhan world domination me thinks."
A third fan got all apologetic for their 'Exo'-fave, writing: "Luhan I'm so sorry, my baby ain't a virus". Another fan kept it straight and just replied to Biden's clip, tweeting: "Man what did luhan ever do to you?"
For other fans, humor wasn't an issue as most of them hopped on board to proudly talk about how they are "infected with the 'Luhan virus' and there’s absolutely no cure for it."