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Face of Unemployment

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Face of Unemployment refers to a series of exploitable memes, reaction images and jokes made about a CNN article that used an image of a man named Tyler Johnson in an article about rising unemployment in America. After Twitter user @Lifekillable used the image as his own display picture and replied to the article saying, "Why are yall using my pic? Pls delete this," memes about him becoming the unfortunate "Face of Unemployment" began to proliferate on the internet. The image is also sometimes used to express one's current unemployment or lack of money in a comical referential manner.


On January 10th, 2021, news network CNN posted an article to their official Twitter[1] page titled, "Nearly 4 million Americans have been out of work for at least six months." The tweet was accompanied by a selfie of a black man named Tyler Johnson who was interviewed for the article. Soon after the tweet was posted, a Twitter[2] account by the name Lorenzo and the handle @Lifekillable posted a reply that read, "Why are yall using my pic? Pls delete this." The latter tweet gathered over 80,000 likes in a month (seen below).

CNN @CNN - 2h CNN Nearly 4 million Americans have been out of work for at least six months cnn.it/ 3q7EcCW 541 12,877 2,392 Lorenzo @Lifekillable Ⓡ Replying to @CNN Why are yall using my pic? Pls delete this 11:32 AM 1/10/21. Twitter for Android


On January 10th, 2021, Twitter[3] user @JasmineLWatkins quote tweeted the aforementioned interaction with the caption, "Imagine logging on twitter and you the face of unemployment," gathering over 480,000 likes in three years (seen below).

Jasmine @JasmineLWatkins Imagine logging on twitter and you the face of unemployment CNN CNN @CNN - 7h Nearly 4 million Americans have been out of work for at least six months cnn.it/3q7ECCW 11:58 AM - 10 Jan 21 Twitter for iPhone 46.8K Retweets 1,848 Quote Tweets

Various people soon began to make memes using the man's face as a stand-in for the concept of being unemployed or being broke. On January 12th, 2021, Twitter[4] user @rubbaband_grant posted a tweet using the image as the punchline, gathering over 7,000 likes (seen below, left). On January 13th, Twitter[5] user @robfrfr used the image as a punchline as well, gathering over 96,000 likes (seen below, right).

Rubba Band Grant @RubbaBand_Grant Her: Fly me out? Me: 18:14 · 12/01/2021 · Twitter for iPhone 1,805 Retweets 277 Quote Tweets 7,646 Likes Rico @Robfrfr N----- when it's time to put the money up for the Airbnb 19:10 · 13/01/2021 · Twitter for iPhone 12.4K Retweets 1,954 Quote Tweets 96K Likes

On December 23rd, 2021, Instagram page Rap TV posted an update on Tyler Johnson, saying that he has gotten a "full-time job as an Autopsy Lab Assistant‼️🔥" The post gathered over 250,000 likes in two years (seen below).


Various Examples

@JoeDaActivist Me yesterday me today 17:16 · 28/01/2021 · Twitter for iPhone 20.6K Retweets 1,594 Quote Tweets 180K Likes JB @JBou_ ... Lil Uzi after spending all of his money on a diamond for his forehead 11:08 · 03/02/2021 · Twitter for iPhone 10.2K Retweets 599 Quote Tweets 87.8K Likes N----- Be WILIN @NiggazWILIN · 6d If you reheat McDonald's you too deep inna trenches 604 27 25.4K 155K worthy 9 @worthy444 Replying to @NiggazWILIN "that s--- good reheated" 17:54 · 21/01/2021 · Twitter for iPhone 130 Retweets 26 Quote Tweets 3,752 Likes
00 er @InternetCommas check just hit 20:08 · 13/01/2021 · Twitter for iPhone 935 Retweets 56 Quote Tweets 11.7K Likes 00 er STON @InternetCommas them: can i hold $5? me: 14:41 · 11/01/2021 · Twitter for iPhone 14.7K Retweets 1,438 Quote Tweets 104K Likes Kane @KP39000 · 3d I got 5k on MgGregor LETSFUCKINGOO000000O BABY O 717 274,845 O 40.7K CODY999 @C999DY Replying to @KP39000 You rn. 05:52 · 24/01/2021 · Twitter for iPhone 420 Retweets 19 Quote Tweets 14.2K Likes

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External References

[1] Internet Archive – Twitter CNN

[2] Internet Archive – Twitter Lorenzo

[3] Twitter – JasmineLWatkins

[4]  Twitter – rubbaband_grant

[5] Twitter – robfrfr

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