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#ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin is a hashtag used ironically to highlight unglamorous or awkward photographs of couples on Twitter and Tumblr, similar to the usage of the phrases “Like a Boss” and Haters Gonna Hate in image macros.
The phrase most likely originated from the 2012 Manio song “This Could Be Us,” as the chorus repeats the phrase “that could be us.” The hashtag was first used on Twitter by @blackgalaxshe on January 18th, 2014. It’s been mentioned on Twitter over 1.9 million times as of February 2014.
H________G: Who made this atrocity? pic.twitter.com/zwByfR6zrB</p>— blackgalaxshe (blackgalaxshe) January 18, 2014
On January 26th, the Twitter account @ButWhyYouPlayin was created with various image macros featuring unremarkable or awkward-looking couples and the caption #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin. On January 29th, Bossip collected the best photos paired with the hashtag, and on February 6th, The Daily Dot published a post titled “#ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin is the greatest hashtag” which included a collection of the akward photos used to accompany the hashtag and highlighted the existence of the trend of NSFW photos accompanying the hashtag.
The Daily Dot – #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin is the greatest hashtag
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