Twitter poked fun at Seattle Sunday night for its incredibly tame Super Bowl celebration using the hashtag #HowSeattleRiots. The city known for hippies, organic food, Starbucks, and over-politeness did cause some damage while celebrating the Seahawks first Super Bowl victory, but it wasn’t to the same scale as other cities.
The hashtag was spawned after local news stations showed fans waiting politely at crosswalks until the “Walk” signal showed, burning mattresses at the University of Washington’s Greek Row, and hanging out screaming (and probably smoking marijuana) downtown. While there was a police presence, there didn’t appear to be many, if any, arrests. In fact, one tweeter noted:
And now a guy just knocked a sign over in front of a cop. The cop made him pick it up… then hugged him.
— Toby Crittenden (@TobyCrittenden) February 3, 2014
And the video of more polite Seahawks celebration: https://youtu.be/Qo4z77OvznU Soon, the hashtag turned into Seattleites and non-Seattleites making fun of the city’s culture:
Skipping spin class tomorrow. #HowSeattleRiots — Chuck Skoda (@skoda) February 3, 2014
Flip over compost bins. #HowSeattleRiots — Mike Baker (@MikeBakerAP) February 3, 2014
The Priuses are honking. #HowSeattleRiots — Mike Baker (@MikeBakerAP) February 3, 2014
We are going to party until our Priuses run out of juice. #howseattleriots — Eli Israel (@eliasisrael) February 3, 2014
“You riot first.” “No, go ahead, you riot first.” “Really? I don’t mind waiting.” “Yeah, it’s fine. Go ahead and riot.” #HowSeattleRiots — Adam Wygle (@Wygle) February 3, 2014
And, of course, no mention of Seattle is complete without comments about marijuana and at least one Seahawks player (this time it’s Marshawn Lynch).
By passing around a joint and sipping @Starbucks like gentlemen #howseattleriots
— #CaptainBob (@BobDrawson) February 3, 2014
#HowSeattleRiots We’re just ’bout that action, boss!
— Nick Hansen (@mooch2oh6) February 3, 2014
While the riots appeared to be tame, the media reported that fans caused about $25,000 in damage to a historic pagoda in Pioneer Square.