Did Taylor Swift put Travis Kelce on the map?
That’s the basis of a recent TikTok prank, where people troll their football-loving partners by posting videos suggesting the pop star made the Kansas City Chiefs famous. (He has won two Super Bowls. And… He hosted “Saturday Night Live” on NBC“)
The prank, which began after Swift was spotted at a Chiefs game on Sunday, involves people secretly filming themselves telling their partners that Swift put Kelce on the map and that no one knew who he was before hooking up with Swift. Reactions, mostly from friends and spouses, ranged from shock to anger.
“What? You’re kidding, right?” One partner he asked in response.
“Honey, that’s not what happened,” he said. Another partner.
“Oh my God, don’t do that,” another partner said. “Just don’t say that!”
It’s not clear who started the trend, but as of Thursday, a search on TikTok showed hundreds of people participated. The NFL-Swiftie crossover has evolved into a bonding opportunity for couples, with some joking online that it’s putting their relationships to the test while others are into the fun of their interests colliding.
Like many of the participants, Kelly Carrasquillo said she knew who Kelsey was even though she pretended otherwise.
That’s why he seemed so shocked, her husband, Luis Carrasquillo, said Tik Tok videoWhich received more than 5 million views. He said he “could have sworn” that Kelly knew who Kelsey was before his prank.
“I laughed so hard at the whole thing,” Lewis said.
Meanwhile, Kelly said she was inspired to watch football again.
“I think it’s so fun because now we can do it as a family and my stepdaughter wants to watch it because Taylor Swift is involved,” Kelly said. “She’s never been a sports girl at all, and now she’s like, ‘Do you guys want to watch the game next week?'”
The prank has also inspired the Austin-based couple to have a serious conversation about the topic. Kelly pointed out that although the NFL is a very American league, Taylor Swift is making waves internationally.
“When you say soccer anywhere else in the world, people think soccer,” she said. “She takes it to a global scale and people all over the world know who she is.”
Victoria Garrick-Brown, a content creator, and her husband Max Brown, a soccer analyst, both based in Los Angeles, said they couldn’t be happier that their worlds are colliding. They didn’t participate in the prank, but the two pulled off several of them Videos About Swift and Kelsey since Sunday.
Victoria has gained an audience of over 1 million followers on TikTok with content revolving around mental health, body image, and sometimes Swift. Brown is a former college football player for the USC Trojans. The two went to Taylor’s Eras Tour stop in Los Angeles, where he wore the “scarf.”
“These are two of the most exciting and dedicated fan bases,” Victoria said. “He watches every football game and he watches so much in the world, so for them to really come together at one time, it felt like time stopped for me and we were excited about it.”
Max added that the joke circulating on TikTok is “the perfect example of two opposite ends of the Internet colliding.”
On the one hand, you have the football team “The Hardcore”, as Max likes to call them. “Travis Kelce is being talked about as the best tight end ever, but this whole thing just shows how unaware a lot of football fans are of Taylor’s star power,” he said. “On the flip side, I also think it’s kind of refreshing for Swifties to kind of be like, ‘Wait, who’s this guy?’
Victoria said Swifties can sometimes be looked at in a way that “needs to calm down”.
“It’s really funny when we reverse the roles and see how much work some of these people get into. Some of them are like walking out of the room because they can’t even handle this conversation and they’re so busy, they insist that [Kelce] “It was already on the map” before Taylor Swift.
The TikTok trend may have been a joke, but Swift is undoubtedly bringing Kelce and the NFL to untapped audiences.
Kelsey shirt sales rose Nearly 400% after spotting Swift at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium.
The TikTok trend appears to have even made its way to Kelce himself, who talked about Swift’s appearance on Sunday’s game on the New Heights podcast, which he co-hosts with his brother, Jason Kelce, a center for the Philadelphia Eagles.
“How did you feel when Taylor Swift put you on the map?” Jason said jokingly.
“It was definitely a game I’ll remember,” Travis said. “Then we just slid into the ‘getaway car’ at the end.”
It’s hard to imagine Swift ever getting bigger than she is now, but NFL fans could be the last demographic she has left to conquer, according to Max, the football analyst.
“It’s not that Taylor needs more fans, but I think if this continues, it will probably open the door to a segment of the population that may have been resistant to Taylor before,” he said.
Even the NFL bowed down – it Official Tik Tok account The league’s bio was changed to “9/24/23”. Taylor was here.”
Neither Kelsey nor Swift have confirmed whether they are dating or not. A source close to Swift told NBC News earlier this week that she and the Chiefs star have been spending time together.
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