There’s a viral trend of Pete Buttigieg fans dancing to Panic! at the Disco and it really needs to be seen to be believed
Supporters of the Pete Buttigieg US presidential campaign have created a dance that makes people want to implode into a singularity of pure second-hand embarrassment.
Dancing to the oh so cool beat of Panic! at the Disco‘s ‘High Hopes’, the yellow t-shirted supporters of the South Bend, Indiana, mayor have stormed social media with their synchronised ritual.
Whether they like it or not.
His campaign trail has been chugging to the beat of songs by Hall & Oats, George Michael and Aretha Franklin for months, but the Brendan Urie song is often his walk-up song of choice.
And supporters of the Democrat contender are hoping to lift spirits in his campaign plagued by controversy with a catchy dance not too dissimilar from a shopping mall mob dance circa 2008.
The Pete ‘High Hopes’ Buttigieg dance, a brief history.
Buttigieg backers have been boogying to Panic! at the Disco since September at least.
A video went viral of young supporters pumping while signs reading ‘Boot Edge Edge’ and giant placards with the presidential hopeful’s face on it bopping up and down:
— Rachel Scott (@rachelvscott) September 21, 2019
It was later seen again in Iowa, where dozens of Barnstormers – a grassroots campaign team – ahead of a trip to New Hampshire did the dance.
— Darin James 🐝 (@DJKinz65) November 12, 2019
It came after a user called Conor McQuivey tweeted a video at the Nevada Day Parade of him teaching people the dance in late October.
“Study up, we’ll be doing it a lot!” he said at the time. But not only has he since made his account private, but his bio states he is “unaffiliated with any campaign”.
Some supporters even did the dance in a club once.
#TeamPete dancing to High Hopes at Corbys in South Bend
— Everyone's Mom 🏳️🌈 (@JoyAnder25690) November 10, 2019
Then last weekend, Buttigieg campaign officer Liz McLeod posted a behind-the-scenes peek into the ‘Pete Summit’ in New Hampshire.
— Liz McLeod (@LizMcLeod) November 17, 2019
In the low eye-strain grey walls of a conference room, Buttigieg stans stood on a stage and danced the ‘High Hopes Dance’, according to a projected slideshow behind them.
— Jill Christiano (@ChristianoJill) November 18, 2019
The dance itself is simple enough, involving a lot of clapping, hand-whirling, moving your arms up and down and denying yourself any sense of dignity.
For the real Pete effect, some recommend rolling your shirt sleeves up.
Pete dance ‘irrevocably breaks’ something inside all of Twitter.
Pretty much every Twitter user in all of human existence had the same feeling when seeing clips of the dance: “I want to die.”
Mainly because, as John Delaney described, it involves dancing “like 85-year-old white people”.
First day working for the Buttigieg campaign. Every six minutes an alarm goes off & you have to stand & do the High Hopes dance. My pulse has stabilized at 150 bpm
— Nick Wiger (@nickwiger) November 18, 2019
every time I see that Pete buttigieg high hopes dance I want to die
— Parker McTweeter (@ParkerPSM) November 18, 2019
me every morning during Emperor Pete's 4th term in office to do the mandatory Morning Dance to our new national anthem pic.twitter.com/Vt3CxyjCWP
— *“Volk” intensifies* (@TinctureDrone) November 19, 2019
Just sent my resume to the Pete Buttigieg campaign so I can destroy the high hopes dance from the inside
— Panic! on the Metro (@adriaccarter) November 19, 2019
we’re living in a post high hopes dance world my friends. pic.twitter.com/nsMhDOdUfh
— Lily Theders (@lctheders) November 19, 2019
the Mayor Pete Dance has irrevocably broken something inside me
— Rob (@robrousseau) November 18, 2019
Pete Buttigieg campaign workers every time they’re forced to dance to High Hopes pic.twitter.com/bcnOEDnHRA
— Patrick Karlson 🧼 (@PatrickAKarlson) November 19, 2019
Brendan Urie please send a cease and desist to Mayor Pete. You have the power to stop this.
— Arturo Beverage (@saltythetrain) November 18, 2019
Grandmas love the Pete ‘High Hopes’ dance, though.
However, not everyone has been so negative about the dance.
“This dance is fun!” GrandmasForPete tweeted.
This dance is fun! It’s an expression of JOY, the joy we have in knowing we’re backing the best candidate to Unify our country! Y’all should try it sometime. I can’t stop! #HighHopesForPete https://t.co/t4AyQgccba
— Grandmas 4 Pete Buttigieg. (@GrandmasforPete) November 7, 2019
“It’s an expression of JOY, the joy we have in knowing we’re backing the best candidate to Unify our country!
“Y’all should try it sometime. I can’t stop!”