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Casually Approach Child

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Updated Oct 25, 2020 at 11:22AM EDT by andcallmeshirley.

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Casually Approach Child refers to an exploitable template taken from a U.S. Army PSA which humorously gives parents a step-by-step guide on how to pat one's child on the back. One of the steps, called "Casually Approach Child," demonstrates walking towards a child. The still has been edited to feature various pop culture characters.


It is unclear when the PSA first appeared online. The earliest extant post was uploaded to Know Your Meme by former managing editor Brad on May 13th, 2016 (shown below, left). In the source, Brad linked to mediaspanonline, though the link is currently dead. Additionally, much of the spread can be traced to the Tumblr account JennyHoezler,[1] though the original post was deleted. Reblogs of the post show it had the popular crop of the image,[6] which only shows "Casually Approach Child," appeared there (shown below, right).

Parental Guide #132 "THE BACK PAT" (Please see diagram below.) 2) CASUALLY APPROACH CHILD. I got a "B" that history test, Dad history tesn that 3) PAUSE (WITH ANTICIPATION). 4 GRASP CHILD FIRMLY. 5 PREPARE FOR BACK PAT 6 PAT, PAT, PAT. Good job, Tom. IT'S REALLY NOT THAT DIFFICULT Want your kid to graduate high school? A little encouragement can mean more to your kids than you could ever imagine. DON'T DROP OUT ON YOUR KIDS. CALL 1-877-FOR-A-KID. Ad US.ARMY art and design by J.J.Sedelmaier Productions 2 CASUALLY APPROACH CHILD 4 GRASP CHILD FIRMLY.


Over the following four years, the image became the subject of numerous exploitable parodies, changing the father in the PSA to a popular culture character. For example, on September 5th, 2019, Redditor AtemAndrew[2] posted an Oh? You're Approaching Me? edit to /r/shitpostcrusaders, gaining over 3,500 points (shown below, left). On February 27th, 2020, Redditor Scarlet_slagg[3] also posted a Jojo's Bizarre Adventure edit to /r/shitpostcrusaders, gaining over 4,600 points (shown below, right).


Other popular edits include an edit by Twitter user @wheel_able[4] which changed the man to a skeleton, gaining over 10,000 retweets and 41,000 likes (shown below, left). This was used in myriad edits on its own; for example, a Prequel Meme posted by Redditor butAnotherIsTaken[5] on April 4th, 2020 gained over 3,800 points in /r/prequelmemes (shown below, right).

2 CASUALLY APPROACH CHILD. Anakin 3 seconds after turning evil 2 CASUALLY APPROACH CHILD.

Various Examples

2) CASUALLY MESSATSU CHILD 4) GRASP CHILD FIRMLY. 2 CASUALLY AP HILD IN 4 GRASP CHILD FIRMLY. "THE BACK PAT" 42 (Please see diagram below.) 0 2) CASUALLY APPROACH CHILD. Mr. Hazama, I have tracked down Ragna the Bloodedge and Noel Mervilion 3) PAUSE (WITH ANTICIPATION) 4 GRASP CHILD FIRMLY. 5 PREPARE FOR BACK PAT. 6 HOLYHAZAMA CONTAIN YOURSELF Good job, pipsqueak. Kid: *Shows signs of a promising future* Literally every mental illness known: 2) CASUALLY APPROACH CHILD. CASUALLY APPROACH CHILD. Gen Z: Coronavirus only kills boomers, l'll be fine. COVID-19: 2 CASUALLY APPROACH CHILD. made with mematic

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External References

[1] Earthly Mission – U.S. Army Parental Guide to the Back Pat

[2] Reddit – /r/shitpostcrusaders

[3] Reddit – /r/shitpostcrusaders

[4] Twitter – Wheel_able

[5] Reddit – /r/prequelmemes

[6] Tumblr – bobbulb

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