It is to laugh.
Some of us remember the original meaning of that symbol (it's also a 'number' symbol, of course). I've been calling it the "pound MeToo movement" for several months now. I suppose great minds think alike....or something like that.--Tennessee Budd
I think you and I both read it the same even at the beginning but it wasn't until I read it aloud that I realized what a complete hoot it is. I excuse myself the obliviousness because I don't move in the circles that raise passions to a killing pitch only to see that those most inflamed are the ones most in need of killing.