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Picrew Hate refers to negative discussions and jokes about internet users that use display pictures made on the avatar generation website Picrew.me. Picrew avatars are stereotypically associated with tenderqueers, a term used for young and overly emotional LGBTQ+ people. Picrew avis and PFPs are also sometimes associated with neo-nazis and radical trans-exclusionary feminists (TERFs). A Picrew template made by creator "sangled" is often singled out for attracting users that deliver the worst takes on Twitter.
The digital avatar-maker Picrew.me was officially released by two staff at the Japanese company TetraChroma Inc in December 2018. In July 2019, the artist @Sangled on Twitter posted the earliest known art from her Picrew template, gathering over 50 likes in roughly three years (seen below, left). The template has since been deleted but can be accessed via a private link. On May 5th, 2020, @Sangled posted a screenshot of a Tumblr interaction with a tweet that read, "words can’t describe the feeling of seeing a passion project turn into a vehicle for the most absurd shit so whenever i see my picrew out of context i just refer to this interaction." The tweet gathered over 8,000 likes in roughly three years (seen below, right).
On October 3rd, 2020, Twitter user @basedpi posted a meme hating on Sangled Picrews, gathering over 4,000 likes in over three years (seen below, left). On April 10th, 2020, Twitter user @strangeauthor posted a tweet criticizing how many picrews have limited skin tone options, gathering over 2,000 likes in over three years (seen below, right)
On January 8th, 2021, Picrew creator @Sangled posted art about how their Picrew template had become associated with people they didn't like on the internet, including neo-nazis. The post gathered over 5,000 likes in over two years (seen below).
sangled picrew pic.twitter.com/PQqweEDnZx
— sang 💖💜💙 (@Sangled) January 8, 2021
On May 2nd, 2021, Twitter user @momimiracle posted a tweet showing the Sangled Picrew, saying "I want every Twitter user who uses an icon from this picrew put on an isolated island and watch them fight to the death danganronpa battle royale among us hunger games style." The tweet gathered over 7,000 likes in roughly two years (seen below, left). On June 5th, 2021, Twitter user @bog_chaser posted a tweet that read, "Obviously rushed picrew avi account made three days ago: Reminder that NOMAPs and MAPs are LGBTQIP+ ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 / KineticRapist (quote tweeting): they’re not even HIDING it anymore!!!" gathering over 1,000 likes in a similar timeframe (seen below, right).
Various Reddit threads inquiring as to why people hate Picrew avis and Angled Picrew avis, in particular, began to appear after the year 2020. In April 2022, the original creator of the Sangled Picrew decided to remove the template from the official website.
 Twitter – strangeauthor
 Twitter – momimiracle
 Twitter – bog_chaser
 Reddit – /r/teenagers
 Reddit – /r/OutOfTheLoop
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