Freaky Facebook group has 1.8M members who dig ant colony roleplaying
There’s the Bey-hive, who answers to Queen Beyoncé. Now there’s the ant hive — er, colony — who worship their own virtual ant queen.
It seems that people are so desperate to feel a part of something during the coronavirus lockdown that a Facebook group “where we all pretend to be ants in an ant colony,” created in June of 2019, has managed to garner a staggering 1.8 million members since March of this year.
The group does exactly what it claims: Members assume the role of an ant, taking directives from their queen. A single post ordering her army to “DIG” resulted in 13,000 comments — echoing in service to their queen — to “DIG.”
When the ants aren’t marching, they’re sharing content about other ant-adjacent subjects, such as an image featuring an ice-cream cone dropped to the ground.
“F O U N D S N A C K. N E E D H E L P E A T I N G,” the post reads, followed by 3,100 responses with “LICK” or “MUNCH.”
An image of Paul Rudd as “Ant-Man” is accompanied by the comment “S T R A N G E D U D E” — though the group seems divided on whether to consider him a “FREN” or “MAKEHIMWORK
You know, ant stuff.
The private group asks potential new members to fill out a survey prior to approval.
“Who contributed most [to] Ant history,” it asks, offering Marie ANToinette, ANTman, Susan B. ANThony, Doja ANT and, of course, “Our Queen,” as potential correct answers.
You should also have seen the 1998 Pixar animated film “A Bug’s Life,” starring Dave Foley as a hapless ant with big dreams.
“We have so many user requests and pending posts that this has become a job for me,” says group creator Tyrese Childs, a college student from North Dakota. He tells NBC News, “I think people are searching for something to do right now. You can only scroll so much on social media.”
Rules help to keep the ants in line. Discussions of “human politics” and “human religion,” as well as violent or explicit content, are strictly prohibited as controversy may disrupt colony expansion (and eventual world domination).
Mercifully, Childs also refuses any posts related to the coronavirus.
“We have filtered out all the COVID-19 posts, so it’s like an escape,” Childs says.
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