As the euphemistic Let’s Go Brandon chant has gained steam at sporting events and on social media, so have false claims about pushback against the phrase.
This was the case on Nov. 8, when a TikTok video captioned “Woman getting kicked (out) for a wearing ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ shirt,” went viral. Played more than 1.3 million times in a week, the TikTok shows security guards removing a woman in a “Let’s Go Brandon” shirt from a Wichita Thunder hockey game.
“And so it begins,” said the caption on an Instagram post sharing the video from TikTok on Nov. 8. “Good luck wearing a Let’s Go Brandon shirt to #nascar next year.”
Marty Anderson, the administrator of the Instagram account, told USA TODAY in a message that he first saw the video on his “For You” page, a feed of suggested videos on TikTok. The video also spread through Twitter and Facebook.
But a statement from the Wichita Thunder says the “Let’s Go Brandon” shirt had nothing to do with the woman’s removal. Several other people wearing the same shirt were allowed to stay for the entire game.