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Political trolls in the Philippines have become more sophisticated and harder to spot but, for some inexplicable reason, they all seem to have one thing in common: they all “work at Krusty Krab,” according to their Facebook profiles.
One group of volunteers working for presidential candidate Leni Robredo noticed that they were receiving a lot of heat online from these so-called Krusty Krab workers. In the spirit of election season, they decided to try and win over these trolls (ahem, Krabby Patty flippers) by mounting a house-to-house campaign in Bikini Bottom — which is a fun way of saying that they Photoshopped themselves into Spongebob Squarepants images in order to make fun of users who engage in “inauthentic coordinated behavior.”
Aira Lacuata posted the hilarious series on Facebook with captions that depict their “H2H (house-to-house) campaign journey” in the land of Bikini Bottom, which has garnered the internet’s collective chortles.
“We were a bit nervous while walking to Bikini Bottom because the seafood might bash us,” the first caption says in Filipino.
The next photo shows the group putting up a Leni Robredo poster on Squidward’s house, writing, “We mustered the courage to visit Squidward’s house even if we know he’s a grump. He said he was in a rush to get to work so we didn’t get to take a photo with him, but he let us put up a poster on his wall.”
“Next, we went to Spongebob’s house. He let us put up a poster of Chel Diokno because they both have big teeth,” another caption reads, referring to senatorial candidate Chel Diokno, who embraced his big teeth in campaigns after President Rodrigo Duterte previously made fun of them during his first senatorial run in 2018.
Image: Aira Lacuata
“Patrick heard our speakers and waited for us to drop by as he’s also a Kakampink. We chatted with him for a bit,” the next photo’s caption reads. Robredo supporters call themselves Kakampinks, a portmanteau of kakampi (ally) and pink, her campaign color.
Aira’s post also depicted the group heading to Krusty Krab “as they got hungry” — but didn’t miss the opportunity to talk to diners about their choices for the elections.
“While waiting for our orders, we went around the tables saying, ‘Hello! How many of you are voters at this table?’”
With the election days away, this kind of humor is a welcome break from the collective online anxiety.