Michaela Coel Smirk

Michaela Coel Smirk

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Michaela Coel Smirk is a reaction image that features actor Michael Smirk in a scene from the Netflix science fiction television series Black Mirror.


On December 29th, 2017, the fourth season of Black Mirror premiered on Netflix. The premiere episode, "USS Callister," features a moment where actor Michaela Coel looks toward the camera and smiles.

Three days later, on January 1st, 2018, Twitter [1] user @JoePassmore tweeted a screenshot from the episode of Coel looking at the camera and smiling. They captioned the post, "Nothing but respect for *my* captain," a reference to Nothing But Respect for My President.. The post (shown below) received more than 650 retweets and 3,100 likes in four months.

Nothing but respect for *my* captain


The following day, Twitter[2] user @winonadickryder tweeted the image with the caption, "friend: 'BITCH OMFG I HAVE SUM TEA FOR YOU!!!' me:" The post (shown below, left) received more than 12,000 retweets and 33,000 likes in four months.

On January 4th, the official Netflix Twitter[4] account published the image with the caption, "anyone: 'so, did you watch Black Mirr-' me:" The post (shown below, center) received more than 100 retweets and 550 likes in four months.

Throughout that week, more people added captions to the image. Twitter[3] user @shookshack tweeted, "Pausing my music on the train to listen to a fight." The post (shown below, right) received more than 54,000 retweets and 188,000 likes in four months.

friend: "BITCH OMFG I HAVE SUM TEA FOR YOU!!!" me: Pausing my music on the train to listen to a fight anyone: "so, did you watch Black Mirr-" me:

On January 7th, Michaela Coel responded[5] to @shookshack's tweet by posting the image and the caption, "When becoming a meme was the 2018 goal you never knew you had." The post (shown below) received more than 3,700 retweets and 17,000 likes in four months.

Several media outlets published articles about the meme, including BuzzFeed, [6] Complex[7] and more.

Michaela Coel @MichaelaCoel When becoming a meme was the 2018 goal you never knew you had

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When you're publicly outraged about only white people winning awards in Hollywood, but smart enough to pick the white people for your betting pool When you pause the podcast because you swear you just heard your mum calling you downstairs, but it's only your anxiety speaking Yoruba. announcement ladies: complete adoration is the new bare minimum do you copy?

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