Riot Hipster

Riot Hipster

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Updated Jul 10, 2017 at 02:30PM EDT by Don.

Added Jul 10, 2017 at 01:56PM EDT by Don.

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Riot Hipster is a nickname given to an activist who was photographed taking a selfie with an iPhone in front of a burning fire during protests held at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany in early July 2017. After the picture began circulating on Twitter, users began photoshopping a cutout of the man in other base images of various contexts.

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On July 7th, 2017, a bearded man dressed in black was photographed taking a selfie in front of a pile of burning trash while protesting the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. The picture was subsequently tweeted by Torsten Beeck, a digital strategist for the German news site Spiegel Online.[2] Within 72 hours, the tweet received more than 6,200 likes and 2,200 retweets.



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Shortly after, Twitter user @JimmyRushmore[4] tweeted the photograph with the caption "That feeling when you're overthrowing capitalism but just can't resist taking a selfie on your iPhone 7," garnering upwards of 71,000 likes and 40,000 retweets within three days (shown below).


That feeling when you're overthrowing capitalism but just can't resist taking a selfie on your iPhone 7

That day, Spiegel[1] published an article verifying the authenticity of the photograph. That day, photoshopped images featuring a cutout of the man began circulating on Twitter along with the hashtag #RiotHipster (shown below).



On July 8th, Twitter user @ChristophKappes tweeted that the photograph was real and that he witnessed it in person (shown below). The following day, Redditor Priamosish submitted the original photograph to /r/CringeAnarchy.[5]


Christoph Kappes Verified @Christoph Kappes Replying to TorstenBeeck No fake, stood next to it. Afterwards others came and dragged them away from the fire. Translate from German

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