- Omarion responds to his name trending as people began calling the new coronavirus variant “Omarion.”
- “While we laugh, stay safe and stay healthy,” he wrote on Twitter.
- The virus variant Omicron has landed in the US, with the first case reported in California.
Omarion called the internet “undefeated” after people began nicknaming the newly detected coronavirus variant, Omicron, after him. The 37-year-old singer, who was the frontman for R&B group B2K, addressed the joke after his name was trending on Twitter.
“There is nothing more healing than music or a good laugh,” Omarion wrote on Twitter. “I’m thankful to be able to give people both … From the Omarion dance challenge to being superimposed on the new variant, the internet is forever undefeated. While we laugh, stay safe and stay healthy.”
—OMARION (@Omarion) December 1, 2021
Black Twitter quickly turned to memes and jokes when the discovery of the variant was announced at the end of November. The World Health Organization labeled Omicron a “variant of concern” on November 25. It has been detected in the US, with the first case reported in California. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Fauci, has said that existing measures should work and continue to be followed.
“Black people already calling the new Covid drop the ‘Omarion variant,’” Allyson Gill wrote on Twitter. “We really are gonna laugh our way through the apocalypse.”
—Allyson Gill (@AllysonxGill) November 28, 2021
Other people on Twitter posted clips of Omarion’s music video for “Touch,” along with jokes about the virus or booster shots.
“The Omarion Variant chasing me down like,” one user wrote on Twitter.
—Deez Nuts Resting In An Open Smile (@LoLoVonZ) November 29, 2021
—✨Suge🎄Lite✨ (@Kamifaine) November 30, 2021
On November 30, New York congressional rep Gregory Meeks even tweeted about the joke, encouraging people to get vaccinated or their booster shots no matter what they call the variant.
—Rep. Gregory Meeks (@RepGregoryMeeks) November 30, 2021
For more information on the coronavirus vaccines and booster shots, read Insider’s report here.
Omarion, who has been a solo artist since leaving B2K behind, is currently headlining the Millennium Tour.