Netizens were confused when the Filipino word for the male genital shot up Twitter’s trending list, claiming the top spot Thursday, April 11. And nope, it’s not because Filipinos suddenly decided to honor some phallic deity of sorts or thought it’s nice to glorify the disco stick.
Apparently, “Titi” is the name of the newest addition to BT21, a set of special characters created by K-Pop boy band BTS for LINE. She (yes, it’s a SHE) is the sister of TATA, one of the main BT21 characters. It was named by V (Kim Taehyung), a member of BTS.
Filipino ARMYs were of course not too naive to…well, not lose it. Here are some of the funniest reactions we’ve seen so far.
"Titi" is no 1 in ph trends
Ughhh stan titi😩 pic.twitter.com/tHShWe8Qya
— кєı🗝 (@lilseokjinieee) April 11, 2019
GUYS SO “TITI” GOT TRENDED IN THE PHILIPPINES BECAUSE IT MEANS “D!CK” IN TAGALOG. NOW LOCALS ARE ALL CONFUSED WHY IS IT TRENDING AND THOUGHT IT WAS MALICIOUS, WHEN ITS JUST ABOUT TAEHYUNG’S BT21 CHARACTER THIS IS SO FUNNY PLS HSKSHSKS
— pranᵂᴵᵀᴴᴸᵁⱽ🍀 (@beemyhope_) April 11, 2019
titi is trending lmfaaaoooo i can hear ph fam cackling sjdjdjs pic.twitter.com/2OUrW6khsp
— ysh (@vanillataeh) April 11, 2019
Someone even made a compilation of reactions!
a thread of ph locals being confused why "Titi" is trending
— colai with luv (@jhopian) April 11, 2019
Of course we can’t put it past V to name the little squish TITI because he obviously meant nothing scandalous. But Filipinos are fun-loving people. We can’t just let an innocent and cute character getting named after a genitalia pass without some fun.
As of writing time, the name is still in the trending list at sixth. Oh well. Stan TITI, we guess?