“Bowling Greens” across the U.S. are deep in mourning for a tragedy that killed approximately zero people in what Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway very mistakenly called a massacre on TV Thursday night.
In a moment steeped strongly in “alternative facts,” Conway said during an interview on MSNBC’s Hardball that two Iraqi refugees were behind the “Bowling Green massacre” — an event that never happened.
She later said she meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists” and linked to a ABC News story about al Qaeda terrorists posing as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Now cities, streets, parks and universities with a certain name are having a field day with the non-existent massacre. On social media people are marking themselves safe and posting prayers, hashtags and memorial updates. Here’s one from Ohio:
Several places named Bowling Green are seeing people joining in on the online joke. Just some of the spots where people are checking in as safe and sending sarcastic posts include: Bowling Green, Kentucky; Bowling Green, Ohio; Bowling Green park in New York City; and Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
The fictional event quickly garnered its own ribbon and a tagline: “Never Remember.” An entire Wikipedia page has even been set up, detailing how this has spiraled beyond a misstated word.
A fake national park account is even poking fun at Conway’s expense with the #NeverRemember hashtag. (You won’t find a Bowling Green National Park in America, but there is a Bowling Green Bay National Park in Australia.)