Team Pinkline (Korean: 팀 핑크 라인) is a South Korean sim-racing team and decentralized international meme movement based in Seoul, South Korea. Team Pinkline originated in August 2020 on the instant messaging and digital distribution platform, Discord, representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain. Team Pinkline members (known as TPL) can be distinguished in online platforms by opting the acronym "TPL" before their usernames. However, this may not always be the case as some of the collective prefer to instead go stealth on various other online platforms without using the well-known acronym as a disguise.
In its early form, the concept was adopted by an online community acting anonymously in a coordinated manner, usually toward a loosely self-agreed goal and primarily focused on entertainment (or for the "memes") during the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic. The movement was inspired by a Twitter post on 25 August 2020 from Manu Rodriguez of rival team, Team Redline, depicting the sim-driver with bright pink hair while breaking the unconventional traditional masculine stereotype. Individuals claiming to align themselves with this severely underrated colour undertook personal initiatives and other actions (including shitposting) in retaliation against traditionally "macho" colours such as blue and red on the Team Redline Discord server.
The group at one point was solely managed by renowned sim-racing pundit, Mikhail (designation: TPL_Misha). Although it soon quickly evolved equal managerial roles to every member of the team. Because Team Pinkline has no clear leadership, no action can be attributed to the membership as a whole. Many have criticized the group as well-organized or homogeneous. Mikhail writes, "There was no single leader pulling the levers, but a few organizational minds that sometimes pooled together to start planning a stunt- or a shunt." Some members solely shitpost using legal means, while others employ slightly unconventional measures such as "signing" star drivers from rival teams without their legal consent. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to state they are a member of the collective; British journalist Carole Cadwalladr of The Observer compared the group's chaotic structure to that of hacktivist group, Anonymous: "If you believe in Team Pinkline, and call yourself Team Pinkline, you are Team Pinkline." Mikhail, who formerly described Team Pinkline as a "brand", stated in late August 2020 that he now characterized it as a "movement" rather than a group: "Anyone can be part of it. It is a crowd of people, a nebulous crowd of people, working together and doing things together for various purposes."
Barely an hour after the group was formed, it was announced that Korean Pop music group TWICE as Team Pinkline's title sponsor, and Chou Tzu-yu (周子瑜, born June 14, 1999), known mononymously as Tzuyu as their official mascot.
Current Driver History
After Team Pinkline opened applications to the public, a few individuals joined the group as official drivers.
TPL_Misha is Mikhail's official Team Pinkline designation and an average driver. He formerly worked at Formula One team Red Bull Racing and used his expertise on design to pioneer promotional materials for the team. He serves as the "official ambassador" of all things Team Pinkline. He was involved with corporate espionage during The Great Pineapple Pizza Incident of 2020 where he co-operated with rival Team Redline's Gianni Vecchio into sabotaging Maximilian Benecke's IMSA race.
TPL_Fattah was one of the first founding members of Team Pinkline, originally joined as a business partner to Mikhail. He quickly gained the ranks as a veteran member of the team by working together with Mikhail by handling a secretarial role and being in charge in latter driver signings. He was one of the masterminds behind Max Verstappen's infamous "move" to Team Pinkline. TPL_Fattah is a skilled driver and is as active as ever while competing in numerous series.
TPL_Boris was signed right after TPL_Fattah. Nothing much is known about TPL_Boris except that he was in charge of handling Team Pinkline's merch line. Rumors suggest that TPL_Boris might be British politician and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson but critics suggested that this was false, as TPL_Boris hinted his American citizenship numerous times. TPL_Boris' known talent is running out of fuel.
TPL_Nyck is a skilled driver and signed with Team Pinkline to compete in numerous areas other than sim-racing. He is best known as the primary creator and director for the Max Extended Cinematic Universe and was dubbed as a "propagandist" for the team. He is charismatic and have largely poetic vocabularies and speech patterns to motivate other members of Team Pinkline. He can also use this skill as a method of taunting, confusing and/or putting doubt in rival teams to the point of driving sim-racers to the edge with just words.
TPL_Mel joined Team Pinkline after their surge of popularity on online platforms. She specialises in public relations, crisis control and strategic investments for the team. As a medical professional, she also promotes towards having a healthy lifestyle, a positive work environment and deeply motivates and engages other members of Team Pinkline, leading to higher job satisfaction and talent retention within the organization.
TPL_Alpha (AKA Big Titty) is the wife of Mikhail and official hype women of Team Pinkline. She specializes in distracting the other teams with her shining personality. On March 25th 2021 Alpha made an announcement on the popular website Discord addressing the rumors of her leaving the team saying "I'd like to address the rumors about me. I have never nor will i ever leave TPL. I care too much about this team and will strive to make it better." Team Pinkline officials later confirmed her statement as being true.
TPL_Ten is Team Pinkline's youngest and latest signing. They are incredibly fast, possibly the fastest in the world and shown as a possible star in rising. They joined Team Pinkline after they merged with Team Numberline following TPL_Misha's purchase of the rival team in 2021.
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