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Divorce Selfie

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Divorce Selfies are self-taken photographs featuring formerly married couples posing together after filing for divorce. In late 2010s, a viral divorce selfie posted in May 2017 became a popular reference for redraws.

Origin

On April 21st, 2014, Instagram[4] user emilyrose920 posted a photograph of herself with her former husband in front of a painting of a bald eagle with the caption "'Can we take a divorce selfie?'" (shown below). The image received over 40 likes and is one of the earliest divorce selfies posted on social media.


emilyrose920 16 months ago + Follow "Can we take a divorce selfie?" "Duh. In front of the eagle?" Instagram 45 likes . 9 comments

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On August 21st, 2014, Florida resident Keith Hinson posted a selfie photograph with his former wife Michelle Knight taken immediately after signing divorce papers at a courthouse to Instagram[1] (shown below, left). On August 12th, 2015, Instagram user stormyseastudio[3] posted a photograph of herself standing next to a man with the caption "#divorceselfie ha haโ€ฆ This is how you stay friends thru the drama" (shown below, right).


hinsonkt 12 months ago + Followw CLERK OF THE COUR DOMESTIC DRLATION We are offciall In-married. Here's to the most fiendly, respectfu, and loving split imaginable. We smile not because it's over, but because it happened. Instagram 95 likes . 103 comments stormyseastudio 3 weeks ago +Follovw #divorceselfie ha ha This is how you stay friends thru the drama . 7 comments Instagram 25 likes

On September 1st, 2015, Calgary, Canada resident Shannon Neuman posted a photograph on Facebook[2] of herself posing with former husband Chris Neuman outside an Alberta courthouse. The post explained that they were amicably separating and was accompanied by the hashtag "#divorceselfie" (shown below). Within 24 hours, the photo gathered upwards of 33,200 shares.


ENCH C URT OF Album: Mobile Uploads e Shared with: Public Shannon Neuman Here's Chris Neuman and I yesterday after filing for divorce! But we're smiling?! Yep, we're kooky like that. Are we smiling because the partner we chose for forever turned out not to be the forever partner we needed? Of course not. We're smiling because we have done something extraordinary (we think anyway!) We have respectfully, thoughtfully and honourably ended our marriage in a way that will allow us to go forward as parenting partners for our children, the perfect reason that this always WAS meant to be, so they will Open Photo Viewer Download Embed Post Rport Photo never have to choose. Theyll never have to wonder which side of the auditorium to run to after their Christmas concert or spring play, because we'll be sitting together. They won't have to struggle with their own wedding planning because we'll be sitting on the same side of the aisle THEIR side. We have struggled, but we have succeeded in the plan we came up with together, to come out on the other side as their two parents who live in two houses who give them two teams to love them up two times as much. And now that you know it's possible please consider our way if you find yourself on this road, or share our message if we can help remind them that it's possible to love your kids more than you hate/distrust/dislike your ex (which we have felt at times on the journey but for the record we do actually like each other). Nice work #team neuman #divorceselfie

In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the divorce selfie photography trend, including BuzzFeed,[5] The Daily Mail,[6] ABC News,[7] Inside Edition[8] and The Huffington Post.[9]

Divorce Selfie Redraws

On May 12th, 2017, an unknown Redditor posted a photograph of a man and a woman finalizing their divorce. The man, who takes the selfie, is smiling and giving the camera a thumbs-up, while the woman behind them looks at the camera with an expression of unhappiness. The post received over 2,100 upvotes in /r/pics[10] prior to being removed (shown below).



On the same day, Imgur[11] user Noerdy reposted the image, with the photograph gaining over 14,500 upvotes and 560,000 views in four years. Another same-day repost by an unknown Redditor in /r/photoshopbattles[12] gained over 10,900 upvotes before being removed. The image saw continuous spread in the following years, including reposts on Reddit[13] and Facebook.[14] On May 23rd, 2020, Twitter[15] gimmick account dedicated to the photograph posted the image, with the post gaining over 90,700 retweets and 740,900 likes in one year.

Starting in late 2018, the photograph gained popularity as source material for redraws. On December 27th, Tumblr[16] user evilpepsiman posted the earliest found redraw based on the image (shown below). The post accumulated over 5,500 likes and reblogs in three years.


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Between 2019 and 2021, multiple viral redraws using the photograph as references were posted on social media, primarily on Tumblr and Twitter. For example, on August 18th, Instagram[17] user pranbow posted a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure version of the meme (post no longer available; shown below, left). A Reddit[18] repost of the image gained over 6,800 upvotes in /r/ShitPostCrusaders. On May 20th, 2021, Twitter[19] user @RMaywz posted a Genshin Impact meme that gained over 160 retweets and 1,100 likes in five months (shown below, right).


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External References

[1] Instagram โ€“ hinsonkt

[2] Facebook โ€“ Shannon Neuman

[3] Instagram โ€“ @stormyseastudio

[4] Instagram โ€“ @emilyrose920

[5] BuzzFeed โ€“ Divorced Couples Are Taking Awesome Selfies Together To Mark The Occasion

[6] The Daily Mail โ€“ Forget separation ceremonies

[7] ABC News โ€“ Divorcing Couples Turn to Selfies to Announce Their Break-Up

[8] Inside Edition โ€“ Rise of the Divorce Selfies

[9] The Huffington Post โ€“ What Happened When We Posted A

[10] Reddit โ€“ Divorce Selfie

[11] Imgur โ€“ Divorce Selfie

[12] Reddit โ€“ PsBattle: Recently divorced man taking selfie

[13] Reddit โ€“ Divorce Selfie

[14] Facebook โ€“ FAIL Blog

[15] Twitter โ€“ @divorceselfie

[16] Tumblr โ€“ evilpepsiman

[17] Instagram โ€“ pranbow

[18] Reddit โ€“ Smile!

[19] Twitter โ€“ @rmaywz

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