Myanmar's Military Coup is An Accidental Backdrop In PE Teacher's Viral Dance Video
Well, folks, it's official -- a group of humans obtaining functioning eyeballs have identified what may be the world's most ominous photobomb. On Monday, an unwitting PE teacher's now-viral dance video was spectacularly upstaged by a backdrop depicting Myanmar's military power grab, complete with police vans, road barricades, and a few foreboding blacked-out vehicles headed towards the nation's Parliament complex. Earlier this week, Khing Hnin Wai, a fitness instructor from the South East Asian nation posted a clip of herself busting some sweet moves to a popular Indonesian electro-pop TikTok song on the streets of capital city, Naypyitaw. Yet unbeknownst to Wai, her pleasant background of a long, foliage-filled boulevard, a common location for many similar videos she has uploaded over the past few months, was grimly overshadowed by an impending coup d'etat, a surreal scene, which has since been reposted to several platforms, garnering more than 11 million views.
"Before I heard the news ... in the morning, the video I made for the aerobic dance competition has become an unforgettable memory," Wai wrote of her video according to a translation from Al Jazeera.
Amid the virality, many fans questioned the video's authenticity, which BBC News was able to confirm. "I wasn't dancing to mock or ridicule any organization or to be silly ...I was dancing for a fitness dance competition," she later explained in a follow-up post. "As it isn't uncommon for Naypyidaw to have an official convoy, I thought it's normal so I continued."
Citing unproven allegations of voter fraud, Myanmar's military seized power from the National League for Democracy on Monday, which won the nation's election November election by a "landslide," according to BBC News. Party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and several other politicians have been detained, with commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing, currently holding power over the country, who recently declared a year-long state of emergency.
Wow! Who could have ever thought that questionable claims of voter fraud could lead to a coup? I'm sure no one could have POSSIBLY had such an occurrence already on their 2021 bingo card! It's been a long year and it's only February. So readers, remember, always check the background of your dance videos -- unless you want your sick moves to be outshined by a military coup d'etat.