An all-too-familiar phrase was reportedly cheered out during pairs figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Beijing, setting off a wave of commentary on social media.
As U.S. Olympians performed in a nearly empty arena, since fans are not being allowed due to COVID restrictions, audio allegedly picked up the sound of someone shouting, “Let’s go Brandon!”
So, yes, there was a “let’s go Brandon” cheer in the empty arena in Beijing before Knierim and Frazier skated.
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) February 7, 2022
Of course, t seemed immediately clear that the phrase – which has become a sort of rallying cry against President Joe Biden – wasn’t intended for Biden but for U.S. Olympian Brandon Frazier, as the debate began on Twitter.
OMG someone in the skating rink just shouted “Lt’s go Brandon” to the American pairs skater Brandon Frazier 🤦♀️
— Casey Cipriani (@CaseyCip) February 7, 2022
Viewers took to social media to question the outburst.
— Mel (@caridade13) February 7, 2022
So embarrassing 🙄
— Crown Maker 🇩🇴🇨🇭🇪🇸 (@Missskitttin) February 7, 2022
i did NOT just hear this guy YELL let’s go brandon at the top of his lungs at the olympics figure skating event rn 😭
— k (@wormcider) February 7, 2022
Perhaps teammates/coaches cheering on Brandon Frazier of the US team?
— On the Pond (@bluestars07) February 7, 2022
The meltdown continued:
whomever yelled let’s go brandon at the Olympics should be ashamed. What an embarrassing time to be an American@TeamUSA
— SerafinaGodfrey (@SerafinaGodfrey) February 7, 2022
Imagine spending thousands of dollars on flights, tickets to the Olympic Games, hours sitting through team figure skating, just waiting for the American team of Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazie just to chant “let’s go Brandon” on the telecast for 5 people to hear it.
— Al (@alexdoubleyou) February 7, 2022
kudos to alexa knierim and brandon frazier for powering through after some idiot yelled “let’s go br*ndon” right before they skated…because it’s not wimpy enough to be unable to say “fuck” but you also have to disrespect olympic athletes on the world stage too, nice #Olympics
— jennifer mei 🧋 (she/her) (@jayemsey) February 7, 2022
Twitter users soon gave those perpetually offended a reality check.
The best thing about the “Let’s Go Brandon” at the Olympics is the predictable yet always funny clout chasing that happens on Twitter afterwards.
Yes, I’m sure you all were just soooo appalled. Same people couldn’t resist making sure the world knew they hated Trump.
— Andrew Wilson (@DEADLYANT89) February 7, 2022
Watching the Olympics. Someone screamed “Let’s go Brandon” when the US was up to skate. Rolled my eyes until I realized the skater’s name is Brandon. We are living in a hell society
— Alayna Rose (@AlaynaRose23) February 7, 2022
Cry more lol. His name is Brandon.
— Lil Spghetti (@TheSpghetti) February 7, 2022
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