AirPod Flexing

AirPod Flexing

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AirPod Flexing refers to a series of jokes and memes that characterize users of Apple's AirPod earbuds as rich braggarts. AirPods have come to represent a type of humble brag about one's wealth.


On September 7th, 2016, Apple introduced the iPhone 7. Among the features unveiled were the "AirPods," wireless earbuds that would pair with the new phone.[1]

One of the earliest known usage of AirPods being used as a flex was posted by Twitter [2] user @camosweg on September 25th, 2018. They wrote, "me walking on campus: person with AirPods: yeah I'm RICH" (shown below).

joke about people using airpods to show they're rich


Over the next few weeks, AirPods became the subject of jokes online. On November 21st, 2018, Twitter[3] user @CandaceTheAngel reposted a tweet by @GrantCantEven[4] featuring the Miley Cyrus's Blue Eyes photograph. They captioned the post, "Me: H- Person with AirPods." The tweet received more than 41,000 retweets and 179,000 likes in less than two months (shown below, left).

Later that week, on November 27th, Twitter[5] user @VonDeNiro tweeted an image of a person wearing the AirPods and the caption "it smells like broke in here." The post received more than 29,000 retweets and 89,000 likes in less than one year (shown below, center).

The following month, on December 25th, Instagram [6] user @ masipopal posted a painting of a man being knighted by a queen. They captioned the image, "airpod users welcoming new members who received them for christmas." The tweet received more than 37,000 likes in three days (shown below, right).

Various media outlets covered the popularity of the format, including BuzzFeed, [7] Distractify,[8] 9to5 Mac[9] and more.

Miley Cyrus blue eyes pic photoshopped with airpods image of person with photoshopped airpods yelling that it smells like broke in here classic painting of a man being knighted representing new airpods users

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Maddd its Christmas ALL SHOPPING IMAGESNEWS VIDEOS Tuesday, 25 December Christmas Day 2018 in United Kingdom When is Christmas 2018 & 2019? Dates of AirPods connected Me: "walking into a bar* Bouncer: "ID please" Me: "puts in my AirPods* Bouncer: [thinking I'm a celebrity] "Right this way sir" Top ten richest people in the world 1. Airpods owners 2. People who say "let's get this bread" 3. People with""in their bio 4. Some Amazon CEO or something
I know these dogs have AirPods IG sindívanzyl. @sindívanzyl Show this thread me when i finally get my airpods Stop touching me broke ass bitch no one:.. someone with AirPods If you don't have these your broke

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