How I Be Looking at meme format and example depicting a deep-fried image of a shirtless man with his hands in his pockets.

How I Be Looking at

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About

How I Be Looking At is a phrasal template used in memes that depict a reaction, usually that of slight annoyance or being unfazed, to an unsuccessful attempt of thwarting a certain event that's often implied to be malevolent. Originating in mid-2020, the format typically uses Staring Animals images to illustrate the joke.

Origin

On July 16th, 2020, Twitter[1] user Lolist tweeted an image of an unsmiling muscular Asian man looking at the camera captioned, "how i be lookin at women when they hit me with the dollar store pepper spray," posting the screenshot of their tweet to their iFunny[2] account on the same day (shown below). The post gained over 2,400 smiles in one year.


Lolist.if @Lolist42 how i be lookin at women when they hit me with the dollar store pepper spray

Spread

In late 2020 and 2021, the caption and its variations were reused by multiple iFunny users, who combined it with various Staring Animals images. For example, on October 15th, 2020, iFunny[3] user Nate__Higgers posted a meme that gained over 40 smiles in one year (shown below, left). On November 21st, 2020, iFunny[4] user Sadilla posted a meme that gained over 50 smiles in the same period (shown below, center). On June 3rd, 2021, iFunny[5] user Scucc posted a meme that gained over 120 smiles (shown below, right).


How I be looking at women when they hit me with the dollar store pepper spray How I be looking at women when they hit me with that dollar store pepper spray HOW I BE LOOKIN AT WOMEN AFTER I DRINK THEIR PEPPER SPRAY

The format achieved wider recognition online starting in September 2021 when versions referencing various video games and more mutations in the snowclone started to occur. For example, on September 14th, 2021, Facebook[6] page >Implying video games are fun posted a Skyrim meme based on the format that gained over 2,200 reactions and 390 shares in two months (shown below, left). On September 16th, 2021, iFunny[7] user mcpefun posted a meme that gained over 13,800 upvotes in two months (shown below, center). On September 29th, Redditor[8] TraditionPleasant477 posted a meme that gained over 1,500 upvotes and was widely circulated online in the following weeks (shown below, right).[9]


HOW I BE LOOKING AT NORD WOMEN WHEN THEY HIT ME WITH THAT KHAJIIT MERCHAT SPARKS SPELL How I be looking at the police deputy when he hits me with that dollar store 12 gauge shotgun How I be looking at the cashier when they ask if I want to donate to a children's charity

The format maintained notable prominence online in the following weeks leading into late 2021.

Various Examples


how i be looking at cultists when they hit me with the dollar store stress spell How I be looking at the MRVN after they hit me with that dollar store sniper stock how I be looking at the skinwalkers pretending to be my family when they tell me I have schizophrenia.
HOW I BE LOOKING AT THE SKINWALKER IN THE CORNER OF MY ROOM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WHEN IT TRANSFORMS INTO A PILE OF DIRTY CLOTHES 2 SECONDS AFTER I FOCUS ON IT how i be lookin at women when they hit me with the |corner club! Glass Jinkblade NO Plathanos #HIVESZN @SavinTheBees ... How I be looking at someone after I said "what?" 3 times and still couldn't understand w-- they said 5:23 PM · Oct 2, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone

Search Interest

External References

[1] Twitter – 2lolist42

[2] iFunny – Lolist

[3] iFunny – Nate__Higgers

[4] iFunny – Sadilla

[5] iFunny – Scucc

[6] Facebook – Implying video games are fun

[7] iFunny – mcpefun

[8] Reddit – No

[9] Instagram – evapjyro

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