Is Boobquake the biggest testament yet to the power of the Internet and Facebook in particular?
Unless you have been unplugged for the past 24 hours, you have probably now heard about Boobquake; a distributed “event” being held on Monday, April 26th.
As of right now, nearly 150,000 women (and some men) have signed up on Facebook to ‘attend’ the event, which is really a mass demonstration of how ludicrous they find the comments of Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, who said on April 16, “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes”.
A Purdue University student named Jen McCreight responded on her until then relatively little known blog called “Blag Hag”. In a post entitled “In the name of science, I offer my boobs”, McCreight said, in part, that it was “time for a boobquake”.
McCreight said, “On Monday, April 26th, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own. Yes, the one usually reserved for a night on the town. I encourage other female skeptics to join me and embrace the supposed supernatural power of their breasts. Or short shorts, if that’s your preferred form of immodesty.”
In subsequent posts throughout the week, McCreight said that she thought that she was mostly just making a point and thought it would receive very little attention. She created a Facebook group and event page, mostly for amusement and laughs.
How wrong she was.
In about five days time, the Facebook event Boobquake has figuratively shaken the online social media world and, as is becoming increasingly common, the mainstream media has jumped on board. A featured story on CNN.com and a prominent article in today’s New York Post focus on Boobquake.
And as of early Saturday afternoon, the number of people signing up to participate in Boobquake are climbing at a breathtaking pace.
Given that Boobquake will be held on Monday, it may be difficult, though not impossible, to get one million people, or two million boobs, signed up to be on display.
It should be noted that McCreight is not encouraging public nudity, per se. She is instead enouracing those that believe in the message and the cause to show a little extra skin, to the extent that they feel comfortable doing so.
Long after the boobs are put away and the comments by the cleric are forgotten, Boobquake will be remembered as the latest example of social networking sometimes resembling a match being dropped in a dry field. Boobquake may yet get one million participants; almost completely by accident.
Source: Allison Cross, “Boobquake an answer for Iranian Cleric’s Claims”, nationalpost.com