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Ordinary Muslim Man is an advice animal image macro series featuring a smiling man wearing a Muslim taqiyah hat. The images are typically accompanied by bait-and switch captions with an initial statement that can be perceived as anti-American, followed by a phrase the renders the statement innocuous (see also Successful Black Man).
The photo originated from an iStockPhoto entry submitted by Pakistani photographer Aman Khan in March 2007. While the name of the model is not listed, tags on the photo set indicate that the man may be a fifty-year-old Pashtun Muslim. On January 4th, 2011, Redditor hi7en submitted the image with the caption “I am da bomb / at making falafels” in a post titled “Introducing ordinary Muslim man.” The thread received a total of 454 up votes prior to being archived.
On January 7th, 2011, the image was posted to Demotivers.com and the “Heck Yeah Ordinary Muslim Guy” Tumblr was created. Additional derivatives can be found on Quickmeme, BuzzFeed, Meme Generator and on Tumblr under the tag “ordinary muslim man.” A Facebook fan page has 61 likes as of November 2011.
Search queries for “ordinary muslim man” picked up in January of 2011, the same month the first instance was posted to Reddit.
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