Though it was fun to watch the film, living in a time of complete anarchy doesn’t seem as exciting. Unfortunately, residents of Louisville, Kentucky faced a very real Purge threat last weekend.
Fliers and posters announcing the commencement of a Purge were found all over the city last weekend. These announced the arrival of an impending crime binge that would begin on a Friday evening and go on until Saturday morning. Social media further worsened matters, with hashtags like #LouisvillePurge trending throughout the weekend.
The police, who also hoped that this was all a hoax, were prepared for the worst-case scenarios. The threat was especially alarming, considering its proximity to the Kentucky State Fair.
However, it came as no surprise when the Louisville Purge was revealed to be a hoax, which was the doing of a bored teenager. Though there were two shootings over the weekend, neither of them could be attributed to the Purge.
Luckily, this turned out to be a hoax. But posters advertising Purges have popped up all over the USA. For now, let’s just hope that these hoaxes (or anarchy, for that matter) don’t cross the ocean.