A parody movement claims that the birds are not real. Now a government agency, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, steps in to defend its feathered friends.
Background: 23-year-old Peter McIndoe created the “Birds Aren’t Real” movement in 2017 as a parody of conspiracy theories, according to The New York Times. His story claimed that the birds are drones created by the government to spy on its citizens, though McIndoe says he’s done with the joke now. “It is a way of laughing at madness instead of letting yourself be overcome by it,” he told the newspaper.
Not everyone has heard of the statement “Birds aren’t real,” but apparently someone from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has, because on Wednesday, that organization’s account tweeted: “The birds are real.”
The tweet flew high among readers – more than 35,000 people have liked it as of this writing.
The commission then offered a series of images of two birds having a long conversation, curiously, about having a potluck. It seems like one bird wants to be the host, but doesn’t feel like it can top the other bird’s awesome potlucks. In the end, the birds decide to come together and organize a joint event. Again, this actually happened on the Twitter account of a US government agency.
Turns out the thread was meant to promote something, not shared meals or birds, but a government website, SaferProducts.gov, where consumers can report unsafe items. The account encouraged people to use the site “if a product you own unexpectedly explodes, sets something on fire, breaks dangerously or does something really dangerous.”
Perhaps the birds that mention the slow cookers are meant to remind people (spoiler!) Of the death of the slow cooker in 2018 on the TV show This Is Us? Because if any product should have been reported to a dangerous goods website, that was it.
Still, people seemed to approve of a government agency getting out of the boring and flying free like a bird.
“This was weird … and I approve of it 100%,” wrote one person.
Another said, “This is by far the most efficient and effective use of my tax dollars. Thank you all.”