Awkward White People Smile

Awkward White People Smile

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Updated Sep 05, 2019 at 05:00PM EDT by Adam.

Added Sep 05, 2019 at 04:24PM EDT by Adam.

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Awkward White People Smile, known best as How White People Smile at You When You Pass Them on the Street, refers to a class picture of a young white boy who is pursing his lips. The image has been widely spread as a reaction image describing how white people smile in uncomfortable situations, but has seen other uses over the course of several years.


On October 2nd, 2015, Twitter user @rashadpls[1] tweeted an image of a white boy with pursed lips with the caption, "this how white people smile at you when you pass them on the street," gaining over 8,200 retweets and 8,900 likes (shown below).

rashawty @rashadpls this how white people smile at you when you pass them on the street Oct 2, 2015 from Birmingham, AL Twitter for Android 9:05 PM


The image spread in similar variations over the following years, appearing in /r/meirl[2] and on Tumblr, where a repost of the meme by lucifurby[3] gained over 580,000 notes. While most reposts of the image used a "white people passing you on the street" caption, other popular posts with the face include an October 25th, 2018 Imgur post by cachem0n3y that gained over 2,100 points (shown below, left) and a Don't Say It meme posted to Reddit on November 15th by user BestVayneEU that gained 6,000 points (shown below, right).

How me and the cashier be looking at each other while we're waiting on my debit card to process @friendofbae walking past a stranger* My Brain: Don't do it Don't do it Don't do it Don't do it Don't do it Don't do it Don't do it Don't do it Me:

Various Examples

How your Spirit Guide looks at you when you're begging them end the chaos and fuckery in your life but they can't because you're fulfilling your soul contract @SassyMantras That face you make when you get into a lift with a stranger MFUSION MAGAZINE The face you make when airport security looks at your ID then looks at you adamithe.creator MADE WITH MOMUS Me watching the elevator close on people as I calmly press the >< sign a thousand times oo Verizon 94% 11:30 AM Tweet When you nut in 2 minutes and she says "aww it's okay" but you know she's gonna flame you in the girls group chat later Tweet your reply When you politely say hello to a Caucasian person and they give you this look


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External References

[1] Twitter – @rashadpls

[2] Reddit – /r/meirl

[3] Tumblr – lucifurby

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