Teens have been known to use TikTok in order to further various political conversations and movements, but the app's most recent trend is truly unique to the platform. Creators are making videos to "save Baron Trump" and the hashtag #saveBarron now has 48 million views.
Basically there are rumors that the president's son had a Roblox account that got leaked. Ever since then, teens have been coming up with their own narrative about the 14-year-old, claiming that he likes K-pop and anime. This has led many to dig up photos and videos of Barron and many have made their own pleas to save him.
The videos are often slideshows of pics and videos of Barron set to sad music. Many say things like "he can't have friends or play sports" and "he can't be vocal about his opinions." In reality, Barron has remained mostly out of the spotlight except for the occasional public appearance and not much is known about what the teen’s life is really like inside the White House. The statements made in the TikToks are merely conjecture and almost fan fiction created about him.
The videos have also spawned multiple change.org petitions with similar sentiments. According to Insider, one "free Barron" petition reached over 15,000 signatures, though it has seemingly been deleted. There are many that have popped up in it's place, though, including one that now has over 8K signatures.
"We need to save him from this," the petition's bio reads. "He doesn't deserve this. He plays Roblox and always looks so sad when he’s with his family...Barron, hang tight buddy. We’re coming."
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