The Montreal Alouettes’ social media team took another opportunity to troll CFL fans across the country on Monday, tweeting the following message regarding the air horns that were heard throughout last week’s 35-20 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
We’re taking the airhorn complaints from last week’s game VERY seriously.
If you feel like they should be banned from our stadium, please REPLY to this tweet.
The Montreal Alouettes
— Alouettes de Montréal (@MTLAlouettes) August 8, 2022
While the message initially appeared to be a genuine solicitation for feedback, the team took advantage of a relatively new Twitter feature that limits who can reply to tweets. Only people who were tagged in the post are eligible to reply and, since nobody was tagged, it’s impossible for anyone to reply.
Twitter users are still able to quote-tweet the message and most who’ve done so have offered messages of support, including an active Canadian senator (yes, seriously).
Alouettes say: If you want airhorns banned from stadium, please reply to this tweet.
— Sen. Denise Batters (@denisebatters) August 8, 2022
Lofl this is fantastic. Als need to give their social media person a raise 🤣 https://t.co/fLzEfMhgQq
— Stephen S 🇺🇦🇨🇦 (@Safimod) August 8, 2022
— Pete Paczko (@ppaczko) August 8, 2022
A) I LOVED the Airhorns
B) This is Comeday Gold. https://t.co/cCbTnlGQaW
— 𝕋𝕒𝕟𝕜_𝕋𝕠𝕨𝕟 (@TrolledByTank) August 8, 2022
This is one of the funnier CFL tweets I’ve ever seen. Legit LOL, I love it. https://t.co/KYmiOYL21M
— Danny Austin (@DannyAustin_9) August 8, 2022
A handful of Twitter users didn’t care for the Alouettes trolling, offering messages of frustration.
How can we reply when you shut off the reply button? You guys think 2-6 is something to laugh about? Yes the horns were an embarrassment and everybody hated it. But what we die hard #Alouettes fans hate more is a losing culture. so how about you win a game or two ? https://t.co/ALGyYksaCy pic.twitter.com/PbBGGpYjiU
— Tony Prigioniero (@T_Prigi) August 8, 2022
You should focus on winning games instead on making fun of people genuinely upset about something annoying https://t.co/amiBiFTcis
— thathabsfan (@mat_fortier) August 8, 2022
I was at the game… very annoying. I often mute the Als games on TV because of the horns. They sound terrible. Furthermore, air horns are approximately 129 decibels. Prolonged exposure to over 85dba can damage hearing. https://t.co/0FUzioehoA
— Chad Cronk (@Chad_H_Cronk) August 8, 2022
Air horn noise rang persistently at Percival Molson Stadium on Thursday evening and the honking was audible on TSN’s television broadcast, which caused quite a stir on social media. The panel even referenced it as part of their halftime promotion, complaining about the constant noise.
Montreal received so many complaints that they addressed the noise during the game, tweeting: “We like the horn…stop messaging us.” They referenced the air horn again during the fourth quarter, tweeting: “Thank you to everyone in Winnipeg who watched the game with surround sound tonight.”
The Blue Bombers posted a video of an air horn being crushed a hydraulic press after the game,
— Winnipeg Blue Bombers (@Wpg_BlueBombers) August 5, 2022
The team’s original tweet garnered over 100 retweets and 250 likes within the first 90 minutes of it being posted.