It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since the Pokémon franchise came into our lives. To help celebrate the major milestone, Pokémon is enlisting Post Malone for a massive virtual Pokémon Day concert.
However, it looks like the announcement is grabbing the internet’s attention for all of the wrong reasons.
On Saturday, Feb. 27, headliners Post Malone and Katy Perry are teaming up with Pokémon for a special virtual Pokémon Day concert. The entire show is available to watch for free starting at 7 P.M. EST on Pokémon’s YouTube channel, Twitch channel and 25th anniversary website.
For all of you wondering if Post Malone is actually a Pokémon fan, you may be surprised to know Posty still has a Game Boy Color specifically to play the game. As well, the fact that both Pokémon and Post Malone are both turning 25 this year makes the virtual event a match made in heaven.
“I’ve been a fan for such a long time, kind of grew up with it,” Posty tells Billboard. “Celebrating 25 years is a big deal, so we decided to do it together.”
On Thursday, Pokémon released a teased announcing Posty as one of the headliners for the virtual event. However, the video is grabbing the internet’s attention for a seemingly unexpected reason. In the teaser, Post Malone is transformed into an animation Pokémon trainer that is earning mixed reactions from fans. In fact, “Post Malone” began trending on Twitter shortly after the teaser’s release.
— izzy harding (@izzyizvevo) February 11, 2021
virtual pokemon post malone looks strange pic.twitter.com/6ohGqNjDSw
— @kewlbot (@kewlbot) February 11, 2021
Lmao they got rid of Post Malone’s playboy tattoo for the Pokemon concert pic.twitter.com/Nj02f34IDo
— Fejfar (@Fejfar4) February 11, 2021
so who y’all think would win in a fight fortnite travis scott or pokemon post malone pic.twitter.com/0V7o9uk5vd
— oddly shaped but good avocado (@secretlyicarus) February 11, 2021
therapist: pokemon trainer post malone is not real, he can’t hurt you
pokemon trainer post malone: pic.twitter.com/jQ9yF5urTu
— smoov (@smoov22_sonic) February 11, 2021
vTuber post malone is part of the pokemon cinematic universe now pic.twitter.com/2vbaaoQ6cn
— Jim Casale (@Phrost_) February 11, 2021
And today in an episode of “Collabs I never saw coming” we introduce Pokémon and Post Malone… https://t.co/coGymlKuHR
— James Hargrave (@CptJamesForce) February 11, 2021
just received a press release with this picture of what’s apparently post malone as a pokemon. thought i’d share with you all pic.twitter.com/Aml19rArsj
— ben (@bendy_L) February 11, 2021
Animated Post Malone looks like he got scrapped from the final cut of Scary Godmother’s
— Coop 🐝👌🏼 [#HIVESZN] (@coopertrooperz2) February 11, 2021
I ask for gen 4 remakes and what do I get? Cursed animation of post Malone. Man https://t.co/xgwoqw1IeG
— Optimistic Bears Fan (@DaBearsBro) February 11, 2021
I did not have vtuber post malone on either my pokemon 25th anniversary or my apocalypse bingo list https://t.co/X7VFxbaNtL
— TAHK0 ☕️ (@TAHK0) February 11, 2021
What are your reactions to Post Malone’s animation in the Pokémon teaser? Are you surprised he’s headlining the virtual concert? Let us know in the comments below.