Hazmat Suit Edits
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Hazmat Suit Edits or Hazmatposting refers to a series of memes that involve editing various characters inside a hazmat suit. Originating from and popularized by the 4chan's /pol/ board, the trend is mostly related to the ongoing discussions of the Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak.
On January 22nd, 2020, an anonymous 4chan user posted an edit of Pepe the Frog inside a bright-yellow hazmat suit in a /pol/ board related to the discussion of the Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak (post and image shown below).
On the same day, the image was posted in more /pol/ threads related to the discussion of the outbreak. Within three hours after the first post, the first edit of the image was posted in a /pol/ thread (shown below, left). An Australian Shitposter edit of the image was posted in another /pol/ thread on the same day (shown below, right).
On January 23rd, 2020, an anonymous 4chan user posted a template for the image in a /pol/ thread. Within one hour, the template was reposted in another /pol/ thread, with another version also posted, and with multiple users submitting their edits in the same thread (examples shown below, left, center and right).
In the following days, multiple threads dedicated to Hazmat Suit Edits were created on /pol/. For example, a January 23rd, 2020, thread received 354 replies. A January 25th, 2020, thread accumulated 346 replies.
In the following days, the edits received spread on other online platforms, including Kiwi Farms and Twitter.
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Jan 26, 2020 at 05:09PM EST
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