"In The Way" Guy is a nickname given to a man who accidentally photobombed a Redditor's marriage proposal at Walt Disney World. After the poorly timed photograph was submitted to Reddit in July 2013, the nameless man instantly became a subject of photoshopped mockeries on the site.
On July 22nd, 2013, Redditor SpnkyHappy submitted an image titled “Tried to get a photo of our proposal…nailed it!” to /r/Pics. The image revealed a flustered-looking man running across the foreground while the original poster's boyfriend, who was subsequently identified as Lanipator of Dragon Ball Z Abridged series, proposed to her in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World. Despite the moderators flagging the post for a clichéd or unoriginal post title, it gained more than 32,700 upvotes, 2,400 points overall and 1,500 comments within 16 hours.
Within hours of submission, Redditor flipflipflipflipflop provided a template image of the trespassing man and many others followed suit with photoshopped variations in the thread, as well as on Imgur. Four hours after its submission, the original photo was cross-posted on /r/PhotoshopBattles, where it gained more than 5,100 upvotes, 2,200 points and 320 comments within 12 hours. The top voted comment, depicting the man running across Alfred Eisenstaedt’s 1945 photograph V-J Day in Times Square (shown below), was later re-submitted to /r/Funny, accruing more than 40,000 upvotes, 2,200 points overall and 1,000 comments within eight hours. In the comments of this post, the subreddit /r/InTheWay was created to keep track of the growing collection, gaining more than 220 subscriptions within hours of launch.
Two hours later, Redditor oscc submitted another collection of photoshopped variations to /r/Funny in a post titled “Introducing…In The Way Guy,” bringing in more than 16,000 upvotes, 1,500 points overall and 429 comments, as well as 15,000 views on Imgur, within four hours. That same day, additional compilations of the photoshopped images were shared on Buzzfeed, The Daily Beast’s Storify page, Philly.com, Tastefully Offensive, the Huffington Post, HappyPlace, Heavy and the Daily Dot.
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