How a song by the Chainsmokers became TikTok’s abortion rights anthem

The Washington Post

From airport pickups to guest-bedroom invitations, TikTok users across the globe are flooding the app with offers of support to American women in need of abortions. But many of the videos don’t mention abortion at all. Instead, they refer to a hypothetical “getaway,” “camping trip” or “wine-tasting experience” — all examples of “algospeak,” or internet codes with hidden meanings.


If we go down, then we go down together. #ifwegodownthenwegodowntogether #canada #roevwade

? What would you do – Bitch

The clips in the Gen Z-favored app have something else in common, too: overlaid text set to the song “Paris” by the Chainsmokers.


Im so angry. #roevwade #womensrights #womenshealthmatters #michigan @BigGretchWhitmer

? original sound – fiona’s gf

The 2017 bop from DJ-duo Alex Pall and Drew Taggart was inspired by the “sentimental yearning for a reality that isn’t genuine,” the group said when “Paris” was released. But while the electro-pop hit began as a narrative of two lovers’ reality-bending escapades, it has now become a rallying cry for abortion access because of one phrase: “If we go down, then we go down together.”

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