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“How people view me after I say I’m X” is a two-pane cartoon series illustrating various ethnic, religious or professional stereotypes. The first panel shows a modest cartoon drawing of the creator with the caption “How people view me” Or “How people see me”. The second panel shows a stereotypical image representing an ethnicity, religion, profession or hobby with the phrasal template “How people view me after I say I’m X.” The series is often used to comment on how people’s first impressions are influenced by various cultural and ethnic stereotypes.
The earliest known instance can be found on 9gag with a two-pane illustration of “how people view me after I say I’m Russian,” which was posted on June 1st, 2011. The same image was uploaded in a personal gallery by Flickr user Igor Ryabushkin the following day.
Days later on June 4th, 2011, Redditor LibraryBouncer posted a derivative titled “How people view me after I say I’m Russian” that was voted to Reddit’s front page receiving 2,123 upvotes prior to being archived. The same day, Redditor ledledled posted a thread titled “How people view me after I say I’m Brazilian” that reached the front page as well.
The single topic blog Howpeopleviewme.net was created on June 6th, 2011. The series remains popular on Reddit and 9gag, while derivatives of “how people view me” have spread across other internet humor blogs and communities including FunnyJunk and Tumblr.
Search queries for “how people view me” saw a significant increase in June 2011, the same month that the first known derivative was posted.
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