Sad Linus | YouTuber Linus Sebastian looks blankly at the camera while wearing headset with background of a lot of doors

Sad Linus

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Updated Jan 24, 2022 at 12:15AM EST by Autumn Able.

Added Jan 24, 2020 at 07:47AM EST by Sophie.

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About

Sad Linus is a still image of tech YouTuber Linus Sebastian taken from his January 2020 video "I've been thinking of retiring." The image, which features Linus staring solemnly at the camera with his headset on, has been used as a reaction image and in ironic memes on Reddit and iFunny.

Origin

On January 22nd, 2020, LinusTechTips streamed live on YouTube in a stream titled "I've been thinking of retiring." (shown below). The video, which announced that he had reached 10 million subscribers and then discussed his thoughts about retiring from YouTube, gained over 2.3 million views and 234,000 likes in two days.



On January 23rd, 2020, Redditor chickenfart29 posted the still image to r/memes with a caption insinuating that this video was true sadness (shown below). The post accumulated over 1,900 points (98% upvoted) in a day.


Girls: *cry at the end of the Notebook* Boys: It's not even that sad. Girls: You don't know true sadness. Boys: YOUTUBE.COM I've been thinking of retiring.

Precursor

Linus Selfie refers to a close-up selfie photograph uploaded by tech blogger Linus Sebastian on May 23rd, 2019. After gaining initial popularity as an exploitable on Twitter, the image later spread to ironic communities on iFunny, Reddit and Instagram. On May 23rd, 2019, tech blogger Linus Sebastian uploaded a front camera selfie to Twitter,[1] writing "how much does YOUR selfie cam distort near the edge of the frame."[5] The tweet received over 150 retweets and 1,700 likes in two months.



Spread

On January 23, 2020, Redditors continued to use the still as a reaction image and iFunny[6][7][8] began reacting to the footage with video edits. That day, Redditor PowerPond uploaded the image to r/dankmemes[2] with the caption "when you're browsing new and see the same shit 20 times in a row" (shown below, left). The post gained over 85,500 points (90% upvoted) in a day. Redditor SpanishGarbo used the still in a four-paneled image posted to r/linuslore[3] and received over 1,400 points (98% upvoted) in a day. StayHipp[4] published an article listing many of the initial memes and reactions.


When you're browsing New and see the same s--- 20 times in a row Hello Tech Tip Why are you tired? I was thinking of retiring to focus on my life and my family Ha ha got yur nose Oh no! Not my nose!

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change da world my final message. Goodb ye Me after seeing memes about linus' sad retirement video less than 10 hours of it being uploaded We finally hit 10m subscribers I'm thinking of retiring When you were actually afraid of Linus retiring and then see this format the next morning when the loading screen is black and you see your reflection When the kid that you talked trash to tells you your full name, address, and ip made with mematic

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Dude needs to take a break. He's obviously a multi-millionaire at this point and wants to wind down. He can easily pass some responsibilities to his team and go on a year long vacation.

From his discussion his breaking point was that a dying kid from make a wish wanted to talk to Linus. Linus was trying to send a customized video to the kid (who was literally about to die in days) and he couldn't find the words to say, what do you say to a dying kid, how do you be happy and upbeat? This led to an existential crisis where he realized he and everything he knows is going to die. Then he questioned everything he was doing including the blatant materialism of consumerism that his channel promotes.

It's a very interesting video and I honestly think he needs to take a break and travel the world or something.

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