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Sad Kanye is a photoshop meme based on an Instagram photograph of the American rapper Kanye West looking morose while sitting on a lawn chair in zip line gear during a trip to Mexico in April 2014.
On April 30th, 2014, Instagram user and photographer Alex Yenni posted an Instagram photo of a picture he found in a zip-lining office in Mexico which features a smiling Kim Kardashian with Kanye West sitting slightly behind them and looking sad (shown below). The photo’s caption reads:
"Bumped into Kim. Kanye wasn't thrilled."
In less than a week the photo gained over 100 likes.
The photograph was most likely taken in July 2012, as suggested by another photograph of West and Kardashian in the same outfits and gear tweeted out by Girls Gone Wild’s Joe Francis on July 31st, 2012 (shown below). The photoshop meme didn't begin until May 1st, 2014, when Redditor loltatz submitted the picture to the subreddit r/pics. In less than a week, the photo gained over 16,000 upvotes.
Awesome vacation. Great pic with
KimKardashian @kanyewest pic.twitter.com/v7CBzcfH</p>— Joe Francis (RealJoeFrancis July 31, 2012
On May 2nd, 2014, the original photo was covered by The Huffington Post, followed by roundups of the best examples of the photoshop meme on Death and Taxes, Slate and SheKnows. Also on May 2nd, the single topic blog Sad Kanye Doing Stuff was created on Tumblr.
 Buzzfeed – A Photographer Discovered A Picture Of Kim Kardashian And A Very Sad Kanye West In A Zip Line Office
 Twitter – RealJoeFrancis
 The Huffington Post – Sad Kanye West Simply Cannot Muster Any Excitement For Zip-Lining
 Death and Taxes – Sad Kanye is the funniest meme you’ll be sick of in a week
 Slate – Sad, Zip-Lining Kanye Is the New Sad Keanu
 Reddit – A New Sad Kayne Pic Has Emerged
 SheKnows – Yeezus Needs a Hug
 Tumblr – sadkanyedoingstuff
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